Tim Parsons & Jessica Charlesworth

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Founders of Parsons & Charlesworth, Faculty in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Working across a variety of media, Parsons & Charlesworth create objects, exhibits, texts and images that encourage reflection upon the current and future state of our designed culture. Considering objects as agents of change, the studio explores new typologies and prototypes alternate ways of living, often using narrative and speculation to propose scenarios that comment on contemporary issues. Founded by designers Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth as a formal art and design studio in 2014 after years of informal collaboration, Parsons & Charlesworth became the grounding place to explore how object design can play a greater cultural role in the exploration of subjects such as climate change, personal survival and happiness.

Parsons & Charlesworth have presented and exhibited at MAAT (Lisbon), Science Gallery Dublin, Chicago Cultural Center, Arts Club of Chicago, Istanbul Design Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Fernwey Gallery (Chicago), WantedDesign (New York City), Aram Gallery (London), Brooks Stevens Gallery (Milwaukee) and the London Design Festival. Their work is featured in various private collections and in the permanent collection at the MAKVienna. Previous projects have been reviewed in various publications including the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reuters, Icon, Metropolis, Disegno, Domus, New City, Arbitare and Architect Magazine.


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