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Fundamentals of Interior Product Design: Colors, Textures, and Materials

Sat, Nov 3, 2012

Stephanie and Bruce Tharp

Stephanie and Bruce Tharp
Photo by Bob Coscarelli

As part of the in-gallery conversation series centered on the exhibition Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac, this talk explores how the Bouroullecs’ work abounds with carefully chosen colors, high quality finishes, textural surfaces, and material used in honest and direct ways. Designers Stephanie and Bruce Tharp investigate the Bouroullecs’ use of color and materials and their effects upon the interior spaces their objects inhabit.

Stephanie and Bruce Tharp are award-winning, Chicago-based product designers and educators. Their practice includes licensing furniture, furnishings, and consumer product ideas to companies like Ligne Roset, Moet-Hennessy, Crate&Barrel, Kikkerland, and Design Ideas. They also self-produce their own commercial designs, as well as create critical, non-commercial work.

Stephanie is an engineering graduate of the University of Michigan and a MID graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Bruce has an engineering degree from Bucknell University, a MID from Pratt Institute, and a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Stephanie and Bruce are both tenured professors in the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Stephanie is the Program Chair of Industrial Design where she teaches graduate and undergraduate studios and seminars. Bruce is the Director of Graduate Studies and teaches design studios, design research, and design entrepreneurship. They have lectured, exhibited, and published internationally.


In-Gallery Conversation Series: Fundamentals of Interior Product Design
Oct 23: Objects, Function, and Detail
Oct 30: Spaces, Boundaries, and Micro-architectures
Nov 3: Colors, Textures, and Materials