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Studio Wieki Somers

(Dylan van den Berg & Wieki Somers)
Monday, November 02, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
LeRoy Neiman Center,
37 S. Wabash Ave., ground floor
Chicago, IL
United States

Fascinated by the secrets that lie hidden in everyday objects and inspired by ancient or traditional customs, Studio Wieki Somers create designs that link beauty and narrative with craftsmanship and technical ingenuity. The lecture will focus on the sources of inspiration, the design process (from the concept to the making), the research themes, as well as the final products in their new habitats. Furthermore, it will show the importance of the search for the correct details, technical solutions and experimentation. Overall, the lecture will give a glimpse behind the scenes of the studio.

Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg studied at Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2003, they established Studio Wieki Somers, which is focussed on providing an enlightened reading of the everyday environment. The studio's oeuvre distinguishes itself by a sensitivity for materials, technological inginuity, and fantasy. The designers work for a great variety of international manufacturers, museums and galeries, and have established an intensive relationship with Galerie Kreo in Paris and London. They have received numerous awards and their works are part of major museum collections.

The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series is free and open to the public. AIA Learning Units available for most lectures and events.