Things Change / Change Things

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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Designer Roy McMakin has designed four simple, transparent juice glasses adorned by a progression of the delightfully aphoristic phrases Things Change and Change Things.

Glass one has no words. Glass two features text that reads perfectly in its entirety on one side of the glass. Glasses three and four require that you rotate the glass just so for the words—on different sides of the glass—to line up from front to back. When the glasses are full, the message is incoherent. When clear, "things change".

Recent shows at MOCA in Los Angeles and Matthew Marks Gallery in New York have allowed McMakin venues to do what he does masterfully—explore how functionality influences meaning. The set is available at  Artware Editions.


Jamie Waugh


After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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