DesignHouse is an innovative concept which supports local manufacturing by using existing capacity as inspiration for designers to develop new consumer products.  Think of it as farm-to-table for design & manufacturing: we start with local capabilities and design new products around them, much like a chef might design a meal around locally grown, in-season produce.

Our process begins with site visits to manufacturing facilities. We capture the experience in video so we can share it as inspiration during our Design Jams—high energy, pro-bono work sessions in which top product designers come together to develop new consumer goods which can be made here in Chicago. Designers get the experience of working together to benefit local industry. Local manufacturers get the opportunity to diversify their revenue stream by producing new products.

We believe that there is an opportunity to develop high-value consumer goods made locally through the power of design.

Curious to learn more? Contact us at hello@designhousechicago.org.