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EXHIBITION: WORKS IN PROGRESS

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WORKS IN PROGRESS is an exhibition of objects, prototypes, custom jigs and tools, and drawings by local artists and designers - celebrating the process of bringing functional works to life.  The resulting works offer a window into the beauty and chaos of the process – happy accidents, curiosity and calculated execution.

The exhibition's first installment of WORKS IN PROGRESS will kick off the new year at the Ann Arbor Art Center from Jan 9 - Feb 9, 2019.  This first show will be curated by the organizers Chris Czub, Matt Rosner, and Sophie Yan, contributing new voices to a growing design community in Ann Arbor.


HELL YES! GROUP EXHIBITION + ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Playground Detroit Exhibition

“HELL YES! is our annual group exhibition, and this year we are celebrating the resilience, affirmations and positivity that it requires to achieve success and to keep oneself or personal goals afloat. It a reflection on the past year and the one-year anniversary of opening the doors to the gallery. Artists included are those featured throughout 2018, as well as emerging artists to watch in 2019.”

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FEATURED ARTISTS:

BRACH TILLER, BRE’ANN WHITE, CRISTIN RICHARD, DANNY SOBOR, DESSISLAVA TERZIEVA, DUSTIN COOK, ELLEN RUTT, ELYSIA VANDENBUSSCHE, LINDSAY FARRIS, LINDSAY SPLICHAL, LUKE MACK, JOHN SIPPEL, KATAI, MARLO BROUGHTON, NIC NOTION, NICK JASKEY, OUIZI, PATRICK ETHEN, SCOTT KLINKER, THING THING, VICTORIA SHAHEEN, VAUGHN TAORMINA, WILLIAM IRVING SINGER, ZACH THOMPSON

 

FEATURE IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST BLOG: CLEVER

“This Design Studio Is Making Furniture in a Frying Pan”
Detroit-based Thing Thing Studios sees recycled plastic as a beautiful material.
Full article here.

LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2018

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PlasticScene is an exhibition of new design made from waste plastic. The show gathers together, for the first time, the exciting and accomplished work by a new generation of designers working with this important material. PlasticScene will offer the visitor an insight into how creative designers are approaching waste plastic; not with a sense of obligation but with excitement and possibility. The exhibition will reveal a particular attitude that is about exploring and enjoying the inherent qualities of plastic to create bold, exciting, desirable furniture and objects. By demonstrating how waste plastic can be used inventively and with expression, producing items that are desirable and at the pinnacle of product design, these designers and their work can help further inspire the necessary reuse of plastic waste.

Works by

Wendy Andreu
Studio ilio
Dirk Vander Kooij
Max Lamb
Shahar Livne
M-L-XL
Kim Markel
Chris Pearce
Jorge Penadés
James Shaw
Silo Studio
Soft Baroque
Thing Thing
Chen Chen & Kai Williams

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IN GOOD COMPANY

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In its second edition, IN GOOD COMPANY:Material Culture is curated by Fernando Mastrangelo and Hannah Martin, senior design writer for Architectural Digest, and brings together a group of young artists and designers whose work represents a post-industrial shift in thinking about materials and processes. Spanning textiles, furniture, lighting, and sculpture, these works radically recontextualize industrial materials typically associated with mass-production, and through experimentation with form and process, ask how functional objects can convey human experience.

Established as a Non-Profit Organization, IN GOOD COMPANY was formed by Mastrangelo in 2017 to honor creativity and the spirit of the avant-garde, by providing a platform for emerging artists and designers to exhibit work without commercial or creative constraints.

 

LESS IS MORE

‘LESS IS MORE’ opens dialogue surrounding hyper-consumption as a dominant driver of environmental degradation and climate change. This experiential collection navigates between the macro and micro, highlighting the myriad effects that individualistic decisions have on our our planet’s fragile natural resources and ecosystems. Temple Children is an experimental arts and sustainability platform uniting a diverse global community of creatives to generate collaboration for positive change. In search of a collective consciousness, this dedicated group challenges us to look inward and recognize the interconnectedness between human beings and our environments.

Featured Works, Mural, and Installation by
ASKEW ONE - MEGGS - JESSIE & KATEY

Surprise Installation by  
AARON GLASSON

Group Exhibition with 
Aaron Glasson - Cory Martin - Cryptik - Ellen Rutt - Emad Rashidi
Jet Martinez - Jonny Alexander - Kai Kaulukukui  - Lauren YS
Matthew Eaton -  MIMI - Ouizi - Patrick Ethen - Rick Hayward
Sam Yong - Thing Thing  - Wooden Wave - Yoskay Yamamoto



 

JONALDDUDD - RETURN OF THE LIVING DUDD
NYC Design Week 2018

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For the second year in a row, JONALDDUDD is back to disrupt a few commonly held perceptions regarding New York Design Week. Instead of the big fairs and showcases that define much of the design exhibition landscape, JONALDDUDD focuses on featuring emerging creatives who work in the interstitial territory between art and design—and are unafraid to offer a critical perspective on both disciplines through their exploratory, personal work.  

Coordinated by artist/designer trio Chris Held, Lydia Cambron, and Ben Garthus, the show this year features the work of 10 hybrid creatives whose practice uses the language of furniture and housewares to explore formal and conceptual innovations. We sat down with the three on the eve of the show’s opening to find out more about their mission and ideas.

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LOG 40

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Family Bench Featured in Log 40 Spring/Summer 2017

Log 40 assembles a wide-ranging collection of thoughtful essays on some of the most urgent questions and debates in architecture today, bringing them into dialogue with those of architecture’s recent past. The legacy and current status of architectural images are considered from radically different vantages, in Brett Steele’s anecdotal discourse on Zaha Hadid’s 1983 painting The World (89 Degrees), John May’s exacting dissection of “architecture after imaging,” and Hana Gründler’s exploration of the ethical implications of drawing borderlines. The issue features commentary by two contemporary architects on contemporary buildings: V. Mitch McEwen on David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Elisabetta Terragni on OMA’s Fondazione Prada in Milan. Other highlights include an excerpt from Noah’s Ark, the new collection of Hubert Damisch’s singular writings on architecture; a lively response by Mark Foster Gage to Michael Meredith’s recent Log essay on indifference; and a sampling of new domestic objects designed by architects.

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DETROIT DESIGNERS IN SCOTLAND FOR DUNDEE DESIGN FESTIVAL

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Detroit based design studio Thing Thing has traveled to Scotland to take part in the Dundee Design Festival. Represented by Simon Anton and Rachel Mulder, Thing Thing is exhibiting in the UK for the first time. Detroit was the first American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design in 2015 in recognition of the city’s design legacy. Dundee, like Detroit, is working with the designation to help promote cultural and creative industries.

Situated on the East Coast of Scotland, Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design. The second Dundee Design Festival is situated in an empty factory in the city’s former mill district for a five-day programme of design-themed workshops, talks, film screenings and performances. Inspired by Dundee’s industrial heritage and the venue’s history as a jute mill and print works, the festival theme is ‘Factory Floor’ celebrating makers and their machines and the future of manufacturing.

For their project Here, There and Everywhere, Thing Thing has made a series of lamps by turning folded and inflated aluminium ‘pillows’ filled with shredded waste plastic over an open fire. The plastic is slowly melted then cooled before the foil mould is peeled off to reveal the hardened shape inside. The result is a colorfully marbled plastic objects made by hand.

Festival Curator and Producer, Siôn Parkinson explained how Thing Thing became part of the program: “The Dundee Design Festival reached out to the other UNESCO design cities with an invitation to be part of the Factory Floor space - the curator of the Detroit program suggested Thing Thing should apply." “It has been a joy to have Rachel and Simon here - their work is so relevant to our theme of factory, what does the factory of tomorrow look like and how do people work now. Visitors so far have really enjoyed their exhibition.”  

Rachel said that she and Simon had received a warm welcome to Scotland:
“Dundee is a great city, we love it.  Like Detroit, it is a post industrial city dealing with a change in economies. The issues our cities face are very similar."
“Sometimes the world of culture and design can seem far away from these issues but in actual fact art, culture and design is for everybody and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful things.  
“It is wonderful that both Dundee and Detroit are using design and culture as a catalyst for positive change.”

Simon added:   “We would love to come back to Dundee and spend more time here. It would be great to get the opportunity to host designers from Dundee in Detroit too.
“I definitely think that the connections designers make through the network of UNESCO design cities opens the eyes of each locations residents as to what they share in common, the relationships that can be formed and what we can learn from each other.”   

Thing Thing’s exhibition is part of the Festival’s showcase of exciting design innovations in ceramics, furniture, interiors, textiles, jewellery, and healthcare design.

Anna Day, Manager of UNESCO City of Design, Dundee said: “At the Dundee Design Festival we’re waving a big flag, shouting about why Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design.  It has been fantastic to welcome Rachel and Simon from Thing Thing - to celebrate our similar histories and to form new relationships which will help cement Dundee and Detroit as places where design and designers are supported and flourish.”

UK media coverage of Thing Thing’s visit to the Dundee Design Festival:
BBC News: Old and new worlds collide at 2017 Dundee Design Festival
Dundee Evening Telegraph: Thousands expected in Dundee for Design Festival

Pecha Kucha Dundee Vol. 18

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 18 happened at West Ward Works on Thursday 25 May 2017 during Dundee Design Festival, running 25 – 29 May 2017. Here are your highlights from the evening!

Highlights here...

SAIC LECTURE: TRASH TALKS

Trash Talks hopes to provide an alternative platform for a series of open conversations between artists, designers and thinkers in search for a more optimistic dialogue around the creative potential of architectural refuse. Participants are invited to share strategies through built work, speculations, or calls to action that embrace the full spectrum of architecture’s material afterlives. From second hand salvage economies to the political agency of ruins, from reconstructed traces to an aesthetics of the formless—what are the possible futures that lie beyond the rubble heaps?

Andrew Balster, Dennis Maher, Thom Moran, Eric Nordstrom, David Schalliol, Anne Sullivan, and Amanda Williams, moderated by Ang Li

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1:00pm–5:00pm
LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL

 

10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2017.

Public Design Trust Exhibition: Footwork

Public Design Trust will highlight Detroit’s innovators and existing network-based working models, and also instigate and catalyze new cross-genre, cross-generational collaborations. Thing Thing partners with Lear Corporation to apply their unique fabrication process that reimagines uses for current material waste streams and underutilization resulting from Lear Corporation’s seat-making operations.
 

10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne
March 9 - April 9, 2017

 

 

SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

JONALDDUDD presents Show Mein @ SPRING/BREAK Art Show
March 1-6, 4 Times Square, New York, NY

 Fl 23, Booth 2330

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10th BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN SAINT-ETIENNE 2017 KICK-OFF

Detroit City Of Design
January 10 2017, 6-8 PM


 

SEOUL DESIGN FOUNDATION UPCYCLING CONFERENCE

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Thing Thing invited present work in Seoul, South Korea
November 29 2016


 

BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN SAINT-ETIENNE

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Thing Thing invited to show new work at the upcoming 2017 The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial.


 

PNCA LECTURE: THING THING

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September  7, 2016 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bison Building / MFA AC+D Studios
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios
421 NE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR, 97232


 

1.5 Rooms

Recently exhibited new work, "Pet Lamp" and "Family Bench" at 1.5 Rooms in New York.


 

HOME AND HOUSEWARES

Come see us this weekend at the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago.
Read more about it HERE


 

HONG KONG SHENZHEN BI-CITY BIENNALE

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Thing Thing will be exhibiting in the MAKER MAKER exhibit at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen, China.

Read more about it HERE


 

READY-TO-HAND, PRESENT-AT-HAND

Come see work by Thing Thing, Christopher Schanck, Jack Craig, Mark Dineen, and Taryn Cassella.
CVA Gallery
University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts
Toledo, OH
August 24 - October 3, 2015
Reception on September 17, 6-9pm


 

THING THING'S SHOP SHOP

It's official! Come to our Pop-up Shop Shop Celebration at MOCAD this Thursday July 16 2015  6-9 pm!! Refreshments and good vibes for all! Special thanks to Ellen Rutt for the poster and Ardalan Sedghi for photos!


 

MOBILE HOMESTEAD

We are excited to be featured as the Art as Social Force Artist in Residence at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
May - August 2015