The ThickDesign05 exhibition at the Betty Rymer Gallery in Chicago was curated by Helen Maria Nugent, Carl Ray Miller and Douglas Pancoast, all full-time faculty members in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO). The curatorial team designed and fabricated all of the exhibit furniture and components from a new wood pulp product that can be formed and is biodegradable.
“Design occurs through a process of "thickening" – a descriptive term for the complexity of relations, practices, materials and uses that occur through the activities of design. ThickDesign05 examines the systems that design extends, the relations that design practices establish, and the objects that occur from these exchanges.
Design exhibitions rarely reveal the observations, intentions, reactions and fabrications that precede and yield recognizable design product. In addition to finished works, Thick Design 05 exposes the iterative and formulative processes of design, often overlooked or obscured as products enter the marketplace. The intention is to foreground "thick” design by exposing the creative practices that operate via augmentation, collaboration, connection and distribution: the very fabric of designed objects, events, and experiences.”
The exhibition includes work by Acconci Studio, Yves Béhar+fuseproject, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse, Martin Boyce, collective_difference_studio, FREITAG lab. ag, Herbst Lazar Bell (HLB), IDEO, Karim Rashid Inc., Enzo Mari, C.E.B. Reas, Simon Starling, Adam Whiton and Yolita Nugent.