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Fundamentals of Interior Product Design: Objects, Function, and Detail

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons
Photo: Jess Charlesworth

As part of the in-gallery conversation series centered on the exhibition Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac, this talk focuses on how the objects within a space contribute towards its atmosphere. The Bouroullecs’ work has a calming presence, but is executed with extreme technical rigor. A modular approach is also in evidence; the designers enabling the end user to reconfigure the objects to suit their needs and desires.

Tim Parsons is a designer, design writer, and Associate Professor of Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A graduate of the Masters program in Design Products at London’s Royal College of Art under Ron Arad, Jasper Morrison, and Konstantin Grcic, he has gone on to teach product design for more than 10 years at universities in Britain and America. As a designer, he has worked with manufacturers in Britain and Europe and exhibited widely, including at The Design Museum, London and MCA Chicago. He has contributed articles and essays to publications including Blueprint, ICON, Crafts and Phaidon’s Design Classics and his book Thinking:Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design was published in 2009 by AVA Academia. Parsons maintains the design writing blog, Object Thinking.


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