Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Soojung Ham

Second Advisor

Jonah Willcox Healey

Third Advisor

Albert Lee


Sometimes, I find myself sunk into my memories, during daytime when the sun illuminates through the seam of the shutters in my room, or at midnight, when the world is in deep silence.

The sound of flipping books brings me back to the time when my mom sat in the living room quietly, with a cup of hot black tea as always. At the time when she read, I always found a stream of light illuminating the table, covering her face partially. One page, two pages, and three pages; as she kept flipping, the repetitive sound made the quiet afternoon peaceful, but emotional.

Those pieces of memories pour out inadvertently and occasionally. When I get back to reality, however, I do not find the beautiful moments so often in our daily life. I cannot remember since when things have shifted from physical to digital. People started to lose sensorial connection with physical reality.

Living Objects reveals the world I constructed. In this world, every subtle movement brings changes, just like the butterfly effect: have you noticed the gentle breeze created by you while you walk, and how it blew up the leaves on the floor? The ripples in our life might be tiny and you do not even notice. However, it is those subtle ripples that make your ordinary life extraordinary!


View exhibition online: Katie Huang, Living objects



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