Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects and Fashion Graduate Show 2012

June 9 through July 21, 2012
Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th Floor
Chicago, IL

Free and open to the public
Tue-Sat, 11am - 6pm

Opening Reception
June 11, 6-8 pm

Kuan Wen Chiu
image by Kuan Wen Chiu

Kuan Wen Chiu earned his Bachelor of Art in Economics from National Taipei University in 2007. He is interested in how design influences daily life and hopes to better address sociocultural and emotional issues through design. His work highlights minor details and beautiful moments.

Project Touch

Wear is everywhere; we can always find wear in our everyday life. Even though we may not always be aware of it, wear is an important factor in influencing how we interact with objects. Most of time we ignore the existence of wear, take it for granted, or even try to avoid wear on objects. But if we look at it in a different way, wear can be meaningful and beautiful.

Wear shows demand of use, and it is a summary of prior operations and information. If we interpret the wear carefully, we can find out the message wear is delivering. In many situations, wear from the object indicates to us where should we place our hands and how to operate the object in a correct way. Also, wear reveals the innate character of real material underneath the object’s appearance, and shows us beautiful details that we cannot see if the object is brand new.

Project Touch aims to introduce the instructional quality of wear through replacing control parts of everyday objects with corresponding wear which can suggest to users how to operate the objects.

The laser-engraved wear marks accent the color, grain, and texture of wood. And it invites people to touch and feel the texture of wood. With the ambiguous appearances of these three objects, and the lack of visibility of the operation, wear stands out as clues to indicate to people the right way to use these objects. When people follow the wear marks and put their hands on them, and replicate the hand gestures wear marks suggest, then the actions will trigger the opening mechanisms, either opening the door of cabinet, or turning on lights.

The design is showing a super normal phenomenon we see, and interact everyday, which is wear, and trying to prompt people to see and appreciate this little detail in our everyday life.

There are always interesting meanings behind little things. We all shall look at this world in a more micro and creative perspective.

(Master of Design in Designed Objects)