Design Episodes

The Art Institute of Chicago highlights its most enigmatic design pieces

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The Art Institute of Chicago highlights its most enigmatic design pieces. Seen here: Carlton bookcase by Ettore Sottsass. (Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)
The Art Institute of Chicago highlights its most enigmatic design pieces. Seen here: Carlton bookcase by Ettore Sottsass. (Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

In anticipation of the Art Institute of Chicago opening a permanent architecture and design gallery, Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language highlights some of the museum’s most enigmatic pieces from its vast design collection. The show is divided into three sections: the modern chair, early postmodern design, and contemporary graphic design. Chairs on show include pieces by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Rudolph Schindler, and Charlotte Perriand. The postmodern section includes the colorful work of the radical Italian Memphis Group, its founder, architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, and Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelblau. The show focuses on a diverse array of contemporary commercial and cultural graphic design work. Graphic designer Amir Berbić produced a custom installation entitled Boundary Lines, which fills the gallery windows overlooking Griffin Court, broadcasting the exhibition to the rest of the museum.

Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language
Art Institute of Chicago
11 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago
Through July 9

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