Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg studied at Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2003, they established Studio Wieki Somers, which is focused on providing an enlightened reading of the everyday environment. The studio’s oeuvre distinguishes itself by a sensitivity for materials, technological ingenuity, and fantasy. The designers work for a great variety of international manufacturers, museums and galleries, and have established an intensive relationship with Galerie Kreo in Paris and London. They have received numerous awards and their works are part of major museum collections.
Van den Berg and Somers are fascinated by the secrets that lie hidden in everyday objects, and are inspired by ancient or traditional customs. They create designs that link beauty and narrative with craftsmanship and technical ingenuity. During the lecture they will focus on the sources of inspiration, their design process (from the concept to the making), their research themes, as well as their final products. They will show the importance of the search for the correct details, technical solutions and experimentation. The lecture will give a glimpse behind the scenes of Studio Wieki Somers.
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.