Strictly Business

Client: University of Washington Foster School of Business, Seattle, Washington Design Team: Kristine Matthews, Karen Cheng, designers Photos: Sam Cook, still photography; Nick Simmons, videography

After the success of the Change Elevators and Business Is… installations, Kristine and her collaborator Prof. Karen Cheng were invited back by the Foster School of Business to design two new installations. These were slated for Dempsey Hall, which has a very compact entrance and lobby, so the design solutions needed to have impact yet not take up valuable floor space. As the dominant walls were already clad in fir, the installation was integrated directly into these wooden slats. At first, the etched quotes—from Margaret Thatcher to Obi Wan Kenobi—seem wildly eclectic, but upon closer inspection, a common thread emerges. View a two-minute video of the project here: (