Kai Ming Yang

Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Kai Ming Yang is a designer that values the contrast between materials, forms and cultures, who holds a Master's degree in design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in industrial design from Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan. 


What we drink matter.


Since the substances we drink, nowadays, are all produced by chemical processes, it is important for us to think carefully before we drink them.

By converting the form of the glassware in the laboratory abstractly and produced by hand making process, "chemical" shows the contrast between the material and form - ceramic and labware. Also, the “chemical” is a series of drinkware which can be assembled in different ways and be used individually as a cup and a pitcher.

The Designed Objects program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) focuses on the critical rethinking of objects and the changing relationship between things, ideas, people, and contexts. We provide a creative and intellectual environment in which designed things are examined, reconfigured, and reimagined. Future designers need to be thinking designers, practitioners willing to explore unknown territory and work with problems not yet defined. By establishing open platforms for rigorous thinking and making, the department encourages students to challenge the fluid borderline that outlines design, opening the profession to unexpected possibilities.
For Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2018, students in the Designed Objects program have self-produced a collection of ceramic drinkware. Drinking vessels–from military canteens to wine glasses–are inextricably linked to larger histories of art, craft, and design, and highlight complex relationships between material innovation, marketing, religion, war, gender, health and wellness, and mass consumption. Led by Pete Oyler and Jonah Takagi, with support from teaching assistant Ben Harle, students in this intensive studio have created a collection of work that highlights both industrial and craft-based modes of production while providing a new formal perspective on age-old drinking vessel archetypes.