by Norman Teague


Gasping for air, she searches for a place to rest, a brief moment of repose, to catch her breath before she begins again.

Sinmi is an rocking stool that instigates interaction and provides a momentary place to perch.

18 x 30 x 20 inches; 45.7 x 76.2 x 50.8 cm Plywood and rubber

Photos by Jonathan Allen.

Norman Teague

Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects, 2016

Norman Teague is a Chicago based designer and educator who focuses on projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the history of communities.  Specializing in custom furniture that delivers a personal touch and unique aesthetic detail, Teague’s past projects have included consumer products, public sculpture, performances, and specially designed retail spaces.  He works with common, locally-sourced building materials and local fabricators to create objects and spaces that explore simplicity, honesty and cleverness that relates to the culture of the client and/or community.

In 2012, Teague worked with Theaster Gates on 12 Ballads for Huguenot House dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany.  He also served as lead craftsman and co-founder of the Design Apprenticeship Program at the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator.  His retail ventures have included partnerships with Leaders1354, The Silver Room, The Exchange Cafe, and Redmoon Theater. Teague holds a BA in Product Design from Columbia College, Chicago and an MFA in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.