For 6 months per year, Chicago’s palette is grey and blue with lots of white. It is cold. Those designers that have not yet succumbed to the frigid temperatures and permanently escape to warmer climates use this time to their advantage. They barricade themselves indoors and find warmth within their studios. Because there is nothing like sub-zero temperatures, gale-force winds, and waist-deep snow to help keep one’s nose to the grindstone.
As Chicago prepares for another reportedly brutal winter, a selection of designers take refuge in their studios and “Break the Ice” with a collection of objects that find warmth in color, material and concept. Some of the work explores ideas of communication and conversation while others find warmth in the nature and tonal qualities of the materials themselves. Some even create objects by literally breaking ice.
Chicago presents the work of some of its brightest designers: Christopher Gentner, Felicia Ferrone, Leah Ball, Mike Dreeben, Ayush Kasliwal, Sung Jang, Yuna Baek, Chilab, and Steven Haulenbeek.
Correspondent: Steven Haulenbeek