Jill Fehrenbacher

OFFICE OF MOBILE DESIGN

by , 10/30/05
filed under: Prefab Housing

In light of the fact that the Prefab Now event is wrapping up today in Los Angeles, we thought it was a good time to highlight one of prefab architecture’s original purveyors.

You can’t talk about modernist prefab without reference to Jennifer Siegal’s Office of Mobile Design. OMD was one of the original peddlers of stylish prefab architecture, and with ten years of experience, the company knows its way around of prefab design and construction.


Best known for the Swellhouse, the Portable Home, and most recently, the Take Home, OMD’s prefab designs combine earth-friendly technologies with cost-efficient prefabrication methods. By designing non-permanently sited structures that rest lightly upon the land, OMD is rethinking and re-establishing methods of building that contrast the generic clutter that increasingly crowds the landscape. Heavily influenced by the possibilities of mass-customization, each of OMD’s prefab houses can be tailored to a buyer’s specifications, making it easier than ever for homebuyers to acquire a house that’s both distinctive and affordable.

OMD’s philosophy is inspired by Sant’Elia’s Futurist manifesto, sharing the thought that “we no longer believe in the monumental, the heavy and static, and have enriched our sensibilities with a taste for lightness, transience and practicality.”

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  1. pre-pre-fab-post-fab February 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Althogh the designs are ‘green’ which isn’t saying much these days since we have 21 story atriums in public office buildings that are green buildings and passive solar, heathing and cooling. makes me think…? When will we actually see neo-pre-fab mobile housing-design? Ijust want to know where is the focus. Southern california-Mexico is the perfect launch pad for truly mobile design-so lets have it OMD. Or will we still depend on the Ford company to design a repeat of the airstream, I luv Lucy and cherry pie?
    word-

  2. Sandy Morris November 22, 2005 at 6:24 pm

    I would like further information on you prefab space.
    If you could contact me at 561-309-8294
    thank you Sandy

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