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Featured as a recent guest on Harrington College of Design’s Diversity Panel event held last year, we are excited to see American designer Jonathan Nesci showcased in his first U.S. Solo show at Volume Gallery, one of Chicago’s newest design galleries!

Jonathan Nesci’s exhibition, “The New” embodies American mid-century design and is born from Nesci’s observations of the urban world around us and the banal designs that inform our lives – forms many of us never stop to consider, such as the edge of a curb or the base of a street light. Expressed through the use of concrete and metal industrial materials, Nesci’s pieces are finished with matte white, with pure minimal forms.

Jonathan Nesci’s “The New” Exhibit
Volume Gallery
835 West Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
March 19 – 23, 2010


Jonathan Nesci founded HALE, an industrial design company, in 2006. HALE is a part design, part production firm based dually in Chicago, IL and Scottsburg, IN and uses a direct, intimate approach in getting quality, detailed decorative art and fine furniture products from craftsmen of fields beyond the furnishing markets. In a relatively short time HALE has created a wide range of products and has received recognition from leading design publications as Wallpaper, Dwell, Metropolitan Home, Surface and Art + Auction and has won the annual a Wallpaper Design Award for the Library Bookcase, a minimalist shelf sculpted in aluminum. Jonathan’s designs have been seen in numerous exhibitions including New York’s ICFF, Paris’s Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Design Miami, Design Art London and Milan’s Salone del Mobile.



Photo courtesy Design Milk

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Check out the photos from a recent HCD student field trip to Hawaii!

Recently Harrington Interior Design Alumnus, Malia Acohido, invited Harrington College of Design students to visit her in Hawaii and take part in building a traditional hale, using building techniques that are thousands and thousands of years old.

As Professor Peter Klick said, “When we are designing new interiors and creating them in a specific style of any ancient culture we have to look back and study the original very precisely. Those old cultures grew very slowly over time and adapted using local material and construction traditions to build perfect homes that are resistant to their existing local environments. “

The traditional Hawaiian hale (pronounced “ha-leh”) is constructed of local materials that are almost 100% sustainable and nearly 100% biodegradable. Held together just by knots, the structures can withstand strong rains and winds typical to the Hawaiian islands. Naturally ventilated, the structures are waterproof and can be lit entirely by solar energy.

See the photos below of the hale building process:


In addition to their work on the hale, the HCD students were able to see a Bon (Japanese) Dance, visit various hale sites and the Hale Cultural Center, view sunrise and sunsets on the beautiful Hamoa beach, visit Charlie’s Restaurant in Maui, see the historic Hana village, and experience Hawaii’s rich culture through Malia and her family, who are native Hawaiians.

Hear Malia introduce the trip on youtube

More photos can be found by clicking here

Keep checking Harrington InfoHub and this blog for future field trip opportunities as well as highlights from other HCD student trips!

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