ABOUT

THING THING is a manufacturing studio practicing in Detroit. Established in 2012, Thing Thing designs processes to work intuitively with materials and methods usually reserved for industrial production. And through this unique authorship develop their sensibilities as a practice. Thing Thing makes experimental design for exhibitions, collectors, and consumers.

Thing Thing is Thom Moran, Simon Anton and Rachel Mulder

 

THING THING is a manufacturing studio practicing in Detroit. Established in 2012, Thing Thing designs processes to work intuitively with materials and methods usually reserved for industrial production. And through this unique authorship develop their sensibilities as a practice. Thing Thing makes experimental design for exhibitions, collectors, and consumers.

 
Photo by Jeff Cancelosi

Photo by Jeff Cancelosi

SIMON ANTON

Son of a teacher and IT project manager, Simon’s childhood was nurtured by Montessori school in Dearborn, MI and refined by his family’s move to Northern Michigan - the origins of Simon’s almost mystical love of lakes, forests and fudge. Simon ventured on to study Spanish and Comparative Literature at New York University. One day, while riding his fixed-gear through South Williamsburg, Simon was struck by a divine vision of ‘Architecture,’ prompting his return Michigan and transfer to U of M’s Taubman College of Architecture of Urban Planning. Simon has worked as an architect, urban researcher, graphic designer, barista, and teacher of small children. He is the fuzziest and friendliest member of Thing Thing, and on certain nights can be found crafting cocktails at Detroit’s Sugar House.

 

EIJI JIMBO

Jimbo spent much of his childhood in Metro Detroit and Tokyo, concentrated on reading manga comics, skiing, and bickering with his older sisters. His innate technical abilities and deep curiosity led him to become an engineering student at the University of Michigan. Subsequently, his unstoppable need to make things and his authority-be-damned attitude led him to transferring to the school of Architecture. During this time he acquired a particular set of skills; skills that make him a nightmare for things that do not want to be made. He will look for it, he will find it, and he will make it. Jimbo is unshakable balanced coolness, mad culinary skills, and enthusiastic billiards games. His time is now spent kite surfing, gardening, and teaching machining at Allen Park’s Tech Shop.

 

RACHEL MULDER

Growing up in Grand Rapids, MI Rachel spent much of her time accompanying her mother on quests to build complete sets of iconic Mid-Century objects. These early experiences instilled in Rachel not only a love for Italian designed plasticware, but the keen eyes of an estate appraiser and the calculated fervor of a design collector. As an architecture student at Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, she honed her distinctive sensibilities into technical and visual skills. Her design career has focused on architecture, urban research, furniture, and graphic design and her work has been shown at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale. She holds the distinction of being both the most organized and the most fashionable member of Thing Thing. She continues ongoing collaborations with Aardvark Multimedia, architectural studio LAAVU and artist Ellen Rutt.

 

THOM MORAN

Raised in Chicago by boisterous tradespeople, Thom spent his formative years driving tractors, building brick masonry, and pulling engines out of 18-wheelers. Thom’s academic prowess, coupled with an almost clairvoyant sense of style, led to resounding successes as an architecture student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Yale School of Architecture. Thom has worked as an architect, designer, conceptual artist, and since 2009 an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. With a profoundly critical understanding of how things are made and a childlike love for jokes and pranks, Thom can be described as a combination of iconic designer Ettorre Sottsass and notorious cartoon 10-year-old Bart Simpson. Thom’s design hijinks have recently been recognized with the 2015 Architecture League Prize.

THING THING CV 2017

 

FRIENDS:
Michael Savona
Ellen Rutt
Aardvark Multimedia
Patrick Ethen
T+E+A+M
Shaum/Shieh