Master of Design in Designed Objects

Kathie Chung received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.
Using subtle
forms and materiality, she strives to improve people’s lives a little at a time by creating objects
that subtly challenge
perceptions and evoke curiosity.

Looking After / Cue

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding
to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. They are found in most living things, including
animals, plants
and many tiny microbes. The study of circadian rhythms is called chronobiology. Cue highlights
the bedroom as a transitional
space, a threshold between the sleep and wake cycle of our biological clock.
By leveraging environmental cues that influence
the sleep and wake cycle, synchronization of the circadian rhythm
can modulate productivity and mood. Such products exist,
like light therapy boxes used for Seasonal Affective
Disorders. However, Cue seeks to alter the aesthetic of typical “medical”
product designs into more sensuous objects.
This synchronic investigation of the atmospheric intimacy, accentuated by form, 
materiality, and color, seeks
to bring awareness of our quotidian living situations and how we engage with our environment.
By focusing
on the transitional space of time the bedroom represents, the aim is to create objects for the bedroom
that will ease
the transition of sleep to wakefulness to maximize rest to help align with our internal time keeping systems.

Cue is part of the Looking Good collection.