Wanted Design: Chicagoland

Sung Jang, Stephanie Munson Tharp, and Bruce Tharp, faculty in the UIC School of Design, are featured in the goup exhibition CHICAGOLAND, part of Wanted Design, a premier destination for the international design community during NYCxDESIGN. 

CHICAGOLAND showcases new work by AKMD, Steven Haulenbeek, Sung Jang Laboratory, Chilab, Materious, studioBA and Collection WEST. The exhibition is organized by Morgan Walsh. www.wanteddesignnyc.com

Stephanie and Bruce Tharp are award-winning, Chicago-based product designers and educators. Their practice, MATERIOUS, includes commissions and licensing furniture, furnishings, and consumer product ideas to companies like Ligne Roset, Moet-Hennessy, the Art Institute of Chicago, Crate&Barrel, Kikkerland, and Design Ideas. They also self-produce their own commercial designs as well as create critical, noncommercial work. Stephanie and Bruce are both tenured industrial design professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and have lectured, exhibited, and published internationally.

Sung Jang's main focus of interest in design is to quantify and control qualitative values. More specifically, in understanding the mechanism of translating traditional and native design essences into designs appropriate in current contexts. Sung Jang Laboratory is a platform to freely experiment with this personal design interest with or without client involvement. Sung is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Masters in Design from Domus Academy in Milano where he studied under Clino Castelli and several other Italian design masters. He began his career in Milano as a designer and design researcher for Samsung Design Milano before taking an adjunct professor position at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Designed Objects program. In 2013 he became an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design.