Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Brooklyn, New York-based designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams are known for their eclectic range of avant-garde furniture, functional products, and decorative objects -- which include one-off and collectible works as well as commercial goods.The pair met while studying industrial design at Pratt University, and launched their joint venture in 2011. With a mutual interest in transformative materials, their process relies heavily on experimentation -- often with earthy materials like ceramics, stone and wood.
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Their signature Cold Cut coasters -- cross-sections of artificially created logs of resin, wood and other materials -- exemplify their colorful, unique aesthetic. The collection’s success led to a rug and textile project that mimicked the same visceral patterns found within the coasters.  Other popular pieces include their homemade knives made from debris found in and around their Brooklyn studio, and furniture made of spoil board.

Chen Chen & Kai Williams’ work has been displayed at Museum of Art and Design, Design Days Dubai, DDays Paris, Philips de Pury, Wright, Gagosian Store, Moss, Matter, The Future Perfect, and the Venice Architecture Biennale; it has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Elle Decoration, Wallpaper*, Sight Unseen, Architectural Digest, Design-Milk, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Chamber and Decor Mag, and elsewhere.

 
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Commissions

EXHIBITIONS

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Education

Chen Chen, Industrial Design BID, Pratt Institute, 2007

Kai Williams, Industrial Design BID, Pratt Institute, 2006

Exhibitions 

2021  Storefront for Art and Architecture “Re-Source”, New York, NY

2021  Emma Scully Gallery “Cast Iron”, New York, NY

2020  Marta “Under / Over”, Los Angeles, CA

2019  The Future Perfect “The Chair”, New York, NY

2019  The Future Perfect Design Miami/Basel, Miami, FL

2019  The Future Perfect “Romancing the Stone”, New York, NY

2018  The Future Perfect Design Miami/2018, Miami, FL

2018  “Plasticscene”, London, UK

2017  Kvadrat “My Canvas”, London, UK

2017  Chamber “Domestic Appeal”, New York, NY

2016  Chamber “Of Cabinets and Curiosities”, New York, NY

2016  Chamber “Human Nature”, New York, NY

2014  Museum of Arts and Design “NYC Makers”, New York, NY

2013  Venice Architecture Biennial “Wunderkammer”, Venice, IT