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May 16 — 20

11:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

WantedDesign Brooklyn

Industry City

274 36th St. Brooklyn, NY

Subway: D, N, R at 36th Street Station


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is thrilled to present was/is, an exhibition of furniture and objects designed by SAIC students at Wanted Design at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY during NYCxDESIGN, New York’s annual celebration of global design. was/is opens to the public May 16 and closes May 20, 2019. 


The Whatnot Studio is a progressive educational platform in the Designed Objects department at SAIC that is focused on creative inquiry and iteration. This year-long course enables students to hone their voice as individual designers while working as a team to execute a thematic collection of highly refined and relevant work for public exhibition.


Through an investigation of what was, students in the 2019 Whatnot Studio have focused on the question: what is obsolescence? Native to human existence, our environments are in constant flux. The human/object relationship changes as new methods of making and modes of efficiency force new perspectives, and, subsequently, new objects. was/is presents a collection that explores objects of our past and reimagines them in our present.

The 2019 Whatnot Studio was led by Pete Oyler and Jonah Takagi.