Chicago-based designers Caroline Linder, Lisa Smith, Michael Savona, Thomas Moran, and Steven Haulenbeek, from the collective object design league,
presented their project ‘balloon factory’ on-site at the museum of contemporary art chicago. Replicating the manufacturing process
inside a gallery space, this installation was organized into a balloon production line, with eight stations to illustrate each step: Preparatory dipping,
drying, latex dipping, handpainting, soaking, heating, stripping, and inflation.
The five designers share a previously hidden manufacturing process and personalize it, with continuously evolving latex shaping and coloring techniques.
Only known to be made industrially before, the resulting balloons are unique, handmade objects that place the practice on the fringes of mass production.