Parsons & Charlesworth: Spectacular Vernacular

September 10, 2016—January 22, 2017

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Parsons & Charlesworth: Spectacular Vernacular

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Spectacular Vernacular is the first major solo exhibition of work by the design studio Parsons & Charlesworth, formally founded by British husband and wife Tim Parsons and Jessi­ca Charlesworth in 2014 after years of informal collaboration. Showing three distinct facets of their creative practice – observation, experimen­tation and speculation – the exhibition reveals how Parsons & Charlesworth mix their craft and industrial design backgrounds with influences from fiction, science and the arts. The multifaceted approach explores the rhetorical as well as the practical oppor­tunities of designed objects, making the case for independent design practice as a critical response and essen­tial adjunct to the corporate design world.


Public Programs

Observe, Experiment, Speculate – Parsons & Charlesworth in Conversation

Tuesday, December 13, 6pm

Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, and writer Lee Ann Norman join Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth in a conversation exploring the nature of Parsons & Charlesworth’s independent design practice and discussing questions raised by the exhibition.

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