Young Designers from Pasadena
“Cast-Formed—Molded,” is a pretty self-explanatory exhibition title. For Art Center College of Design’s submission to ICFF, “we were really looking at new materials and new manufacturing techniques” in order to “make seamless the relationship between art and industry,” says David Mocarski, a professor of environmental design at the school.
Featuring six prototypes by five young designers, Art Center is showing designs that range from a fluid, contemporary take on the 1950s telephone table, designed by student Louis Tsai, to a rock’n’roll floor-seat-for-two by Sun Han, simply called “fun.”
On a more dangerous note, Shawn-Ian Bruce’s Flip Chair can be positioned to create five different pieces of furniture-two upright chairs, two lounge chairs, and a side table perfect for magazine storage. In addition to, as Bruce puts it, Flip’s “multiple personality disorder,” the injection-molded polystyrene chair is styled in a way that seems to threaten users with the paper shredder.