Who says form follows function? In Whatnot, a collection by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, form is king. For the designers, all of whom are 30 or under, creating household objects is high art. This year’s group teamed up with West Supply, a foundry in Hermosa that specializes in blown glass and bronze, to churn out a series of 15 bold—if not bizarre—pieces.
The works debuted during the prestigious Milan Design Week in April. Starting in mid-May, they will be on view at SAIC’s LeRoy Neiman Center and sold as limited editions for prices ranging between $365 and $2,000. Here are a few objects from the upcoming show.
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