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About Chester Ong


Chester Ong is a Chicago-based product designer who uses traditional materials and familiar forms to create approachable objects that are not what they seem.

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Hidden electronics and other technologies are embedded to create surprising interactions, producing unexpected moments of delight. 

Chester’s background in psychology paired with a user-centered design approach drives his interdisciplinary practice.  These concepts are incorporated into design to encourage behavioral change or designs that reconcile tools of mass-production with skills and technique of craft.

In 2015, Chester graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Design in Designed Objects program and launched a furniture piece for CB2’s small space living collection.  He was most recently a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching Digital Modeling Solidworks in the Designed Objects department and Introduction to Product Design in Continuing Studies.


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