Making Modern is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's inaugural design thesis exhibition, showcasing work from students in the newly formed Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects masters programs. We've already posted Tara Mullaney's work, but here are several more projects that deserve attention.
Hub: Objects for Transitional Living (top), by Andrew Peerless, is a series of lighthearted, hybrid objects that bring into question what contemporary nomadic needs might really be: instead of the razor, tin cup, matches, and bar of soap so often portrayed in hobo bindles, Peerless proposes a different set, composed of screwdrivers, a radio, a doorstop, a hammer, a clothespin, dental floss and a toilet paper dispenser.
Gabriel Hargrove's Objects for Whiskey Bootlegging and Ethanol Farming (middle) examines the typically Appalachian practice of moonshine production. Using disguise while adhering to traditional construction methods, Hargrove created a series of versatile containers and apparatuses that promote the continuation of this activity for both legal (ethanol) and illegal (moonshine) ends.
Finally, Sara Jacobson's Light Sill (bottom) asserts that the window sill is an important element of both work and domestic space--inspirational, sentimental and useful objects are often placed there. The lamp mimics the form of the window and the sill, offering a designated location for these objects where there might not otherwise be one.
If you're in Chicago and haven't visited the exhibition yet, you have a few days left. Check here for location and hours.
Lots more projects after the jump!
Hub: Objects for Transitional Living by Andrew Peerless
Objects for Whiskey Bootlegging and Ethanol Farming by Gabriel Hargrove
Hero or Celebrity by Peter Bo
Feast for the Eyes by Sara Jacobson
Wabi-Sabi Chalk Doorkknobs by Greg Bethel
Tactile Map: Soap Briefcase Handle by Lindsay McDonald
BioMass Energy Appliances by John Kinstler