18%GRAY: experiments in editing light demonstrates the power of design to coax the sublime from the common place. This design studio focused on experimentation with light and illumination resulting in a collection of 12 working prototypes that were exhibited at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan during the FuoriSalone 2008, supported by the Italian design workshop Industreal.
18%GRAY was the outcome of the Motorola Sponsored GFRY Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The course was developed and taught by Helen Maria Nugent in collaboration with Douglas Pancoast and involved a mixture of graduate design students and undergraduate seniors.
The project received a wide array of international press with features in prin and web publications including Domus (print), Elle Décor (print), Chicago Magazine (print), Complot (print), Intramuros (print), Abitare (web-interview).
Select projects from 18%Gray were also exhibited at Design Within Reach showrooms in Chicago and Evanston.
The wonderful student team included: Shireen Bishop, Robyn Carter, So Jung Lee, Caroline Linder, Michael Riha, Eric Rosenbaum, Blair Schmidt, Sonia Shim, Lisa Smith, Greta Stepp and Zach Weiss.
The project is archived at: http://www.saic.edu/18GRAY