At Milan Design Week this year, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago presented Loaded, the culmination of a two-semester design studio led by Jim Termeer and Helen-Maria Nugent exploring the fluid character of value, shaped by global systems of trade. The results range from direct representations of currency to symbolic abstractions of exchange represented in two catalytic materials: iron and sugar.
Designers include: Brian Anderson, Amma Aning, Morgan Carter, Ryan Chorbagian, Valerie DeKeyser, Cecilia Gomez, Stephen Gulau, Won Joon Lee, Charlie McArthur, Jordan Morrell, Lauren Mosakowski, Nathan Paoletta, Ciara Taylor, Daniel Whiteneck, and Zhe Zhang.
The School collaborated with Chicago Crucible, a small local foundry, to produce these objects for the show. On an individual level, students also brought in confectioners and taxidermists to fill out the details of their individual projects, from Elizabethan collars to small, unconventional candies.