When looking at an object—whether it is a piece of furniture, an article of clothing, or a building—the question is always: How was this made and: how would I make it? This curiosity stems from growing up as Hedi’s daughter. Her fascination with structure and her ability to take something apart and reassemble it in a new way influenced me early on. In my own practice, regardless of the materials or scale I am working in, I reimagine the production of industrial, domestic, and forgotten objects as handmade. Sawhorses, button boards, spiral-bound trade manuals and color charts, vintage patterned fabrics—all of these are in the conversation.
Ulla is the coauthor, with her mother, Hedi Kyle, of The Art of the Fold, a step-by-step guide to making a broad selection of Hedi’s original structures.
Trained as an architect at the Cooper Union, Ulla worked in the field while developing a multidisciplinary approach to structure. She leans toward a broad exploration of materials and techniques in both large-scale works—interiors, buildings, and set design—and small-scale works—books, fabrication, and collaborations with artists including Guillermo Kuitca, Robin Hill, Elsa Mora, and Val Sivilli. Ulla was the cofounder with Claire Weisz of Weisz + Warchol, an architectural firm located in New York City. She has been a guest lecturer at Pratt Institute, the Parsons School of Design, the City College of New York, and the University of California, Davis.
With her husband, photographer Paul Warchol, Ulla was the 2015 recipient of the 20/20 Public Space Champion awarded by the Design Trust for Public Space, a non-profit organization committed to creating inclusive, equitable space across New York City. Her work has been featured in Oprah's O at Home, Interior Design Magazine, Zettel III, and Insite Magazine.
Ulla currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where her studio practice enables her, on a daily basis, never to do the same thing twice.
Car Barn, Pine Hill, NY
The Memory Palace – Curated by Jill Kearney, with Elsa Mora and Skye Van Saun
Object Lessons – A project with Robin Hill
Wer Sind Wir – Wer Seid Ihr? – Books inspired by objects, Hachenburg, Germany
Stationery Departures – Collaborations with Hedi Kyle
Playing Cards – Collaboration with C.E. Pierce and students at RVWS
Full Sized Life Calendar – Fold Over Press with Kristann Heinz
Pencil Horses with Jonas Kyle