Tim Parsons andJessica Charlesworth
Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth are a Chicago-based British husband and wife team working in the realm of experimental and speculative object making. They moved to Chicago in 2010 for Parsons to take up the position of Associate Professor in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). They are both graduates of the Royal College of Art in London, Charlesworth from the Design Interactions course (graduating 2007) and Parsons from Design Products (graduating 2000).
Their work is wide-ranging, from material experimentation (e.g. dripped pewter bowls) to adapting meaningful found objects (e.g. Radio Flyer table) to speculative, narrative-led work (e.g. wooden molecular model of dopamine and new memento mori).
Tim Parsons is a designer, design writer and Associate Professor in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A graduate of the Masters program in Design Products at London’s Royal College of Art under Ron Arad, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic, he has gone on to teach product design for over ten years at universities in Britain and America. As a designer, he has worked with manufacturers in Britain and Europe and exhibited widely, including at The Design Museum, London and MCA, Chicago.
He has contributed articles and essays to publications including
Blueprint, ICON, Crafts and Phaidon’s Design Classics and his book Thinking: Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design was published in 2009 by AVA Academia.
Jessica is a speculative designer with experience working for both public and private sector organizations to explore the future implications of their field. In contrast to commercial industrial design where new products are developed for immediate consumption, Jessica approaches design as a tool for discussion and provocation bringing big issues, and their impacts on our messy everyday lives, into focus.
Since graduating from the Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, she has run her own practice often collaborating with scientists, artists, futurists and academics including think tanks Foresight (UK) and the Institute for the Future (US). Jessica has exhibited at the London Design Festival, MAKVienna, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Ace Museum in Los Angeles and twice at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the MAKVienna.