Norman Teague is a Chicago based designer and educator who focuses on projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the culture of communities. Specializing in custom furniture that delivers a personal touch to a specific user and unique aesthetic detail, Teague's past projects have included consumer products, public sculpture, performances, and specially designed retail spaces. Working with common, locally-sourced building materials and local fabricators to create objects and spaces that explore simplicity, honesty and cleverness and relates to the culture of the client and/or community.
In 2012, Teague worked with Theaster Gates on 12 Ballads for Huguenot House dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. He also served as lead craftsman and co-founder of the Design Apprenticeship Program at the University of Chicago's Arts Incubator. His retail ventures have included partnerships with Leaders1354, The Silver Room, The Exchange Cafe, and Redmoon Theater. Teague holds a BA in Product Design from Columbia College, Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.