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

2007  Chen Chen, BID – Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2006  Kai Williams, BID – Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitions 

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

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

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

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

2019  “Design Miami/Basel” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

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

2018  “Miami/2018” – The Future Perfect Design, Miami, FL

2018  “Plasticscene” – London Design Festival, London, UK

2017  “My Canvas” – Kvadrat, London, UK

2017  “Domestic Appeal” – Chamber, New York, NY

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

2016  “Human Nature” – Chamber, New York, NY

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

2013  “Wunderkammer” – Venice Architecture Biennial, Venice, IT