The 2016 Whatnot Collection, titled Eighteen Sixty Six.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the 2016 whatnot collection draws from the world as it existed in 1866—the people, behaviors, beliefs, things, technologies, ideologies, cultural norms, natural events, fads, crazes and missed opportunities. The student designers researched Victorian mourning rituals, hypnosis, prostitution, imperialism, the invention of plywood and the stapler, garment patterns, solar powered engines, Mendel’s theory of inheritance, Haeckel’s Generelle Morphology, Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Porter’s Son, Hong Kong’s dualistic currency, the confluence of Italian and Mexican culture under Emperor Maximiliano and Empress Carlotta, the physical raising of Chicago’s buildings to prevent epidemics, and the mandate of an eight-hour work day.
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For the 8th consecutive year, emerging designers from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will debut new work in Milan during Design Week, April 14 – 19, 2015. The 2015 whatnot collection is a series of everyday objects with a twist: pillows that hug you back, messy vases, torn mirrors, soul-searching lamps, and dented platters. A total of 12 new products will be exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi and sold in their adjoining design shop. Visit us.
During Milan Design Week 2014, student designers from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will debut their whatnot 2014 collection: a series of playful objects that encourages a child’s interaction with the people, places, and environments around them. Eight products and three furniture systems will be exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi and sold in their adjoining design shop from the eighth to the thirteenth of April. Visit us.
Building on the successful 2012 launch of the whatnot brand in both Milan and New York last year, the 2013 collection continues to bring new design concepts to life with a range of contemporary products designed and made in the USA.
Each of the 16 designers has approached color as a critical question. The subsequent collection of “whatnots” explore the visceral, perceptual, associative, emotional, and conceptual potential of color in all its permutations-muted, primary, fluorescent, functional, natural, and erotic.