ELLIPSIS is a studio motivated to empower you
with the tools necessary to craft your everyday lives
Our work stems from a commitment to rigorous curiosity. We find interest in the simplest of things and dig relentlessly to uncover interesting questions that fuel our design work. These become our basis for deep investigations and the thoughtful execution of our work.
We find value in the power of meaningful design and its ability to improve lives.
With an ever-present urge to question the norms of everyday life, we are eager to uncover new and interesting uses for ordinary things. Flipping things on their head, re-purposing materials and seeking out unorthodox relationships between elements and people's relationship with space.
These are the engines that motivate and challenge us to create work that is authentic and rich.
Our work has received national and international recognition and has been published and exhibited widely. Our success stems from striving to achieve an acute understanding of our clients’ goals and aspirations, which play a fundamental role in our design process.
Drawing on our fluency in progressive technologies and sustainable expertise, we strive to deliver projects that are distinct, beautiful and are defined by personal meaning.
Paul Tebben, Principal
Paul was born in Lima, Ohio in 1976 and grew up in Metropolitan Detroit. He earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and continued his academic pursuit in Boston, earning his Masters Degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Throughout his academic career, Paul went across North America, South America and Europe to travel and study. After graduating, he moved to Chicago where he joined Krueck + Sexton Architects. His involvement covered a range of commercial, institutional and urban design projects. His most notable project was his intimate engagement in the design and construction of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.
In 2008, Paul became a founding partner in SIDE Architecture, an award-winning design practice which focused on a collection of finely-tuned design projects and a large volume of developer-driven work.
Building on the exciting momentum of his work with SIDE, Paul launched ELLIPSIS, a full-service architecture and design practice, based in Chicago.
Since 2008, he’s also been deeply committed to his role as a Faculty member within the Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects programs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Paul has taught graduate studio courses in the Design of Ephemeral & Interactive Space, undergraduate studios in Materiality as well as seminar courses in Building Systems & Professional Practice. In 2010, as part of SAIC GFRY Design, Paul co-founded the Social Design Initiative “COM(M)A” which focused on channeling the talents of Artists, Designers & Architects into socially-productive & participatory design scenarios.
MIA KIM, INTERIOR ARCHITECT
Mia was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1991 and moved to the volunteer state, Tennessee with her family in 2002. In 2010, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee where she earned her BFA in Interior Design at the University of Memphis. While in school, she worked with a tile design/ distribution company, honing her skills in client collaboration and communication between contractors, designers, architects, and clients. In her ongoing mission to expand her professional development further, so she moved to Chicago in 2015 to continue her study in Interior Architecture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Since she was young, she always admired architecture's ability to dissolve barriers and act as a common method of communication between people all around the world. In her professional life, she strives to harness these abilities to bring life and soul back into the unexpected, forgotten places in the world through the language of design. During graduate school, she took the opportunity to travel to Europe to expose herself to new angles of design and expand her language. When she isn't passionately pursuing her professional passions, Mia can be found at the local coffee shop, reading and relaxing with a “cuppa” tea.
CLEO NGIAM, DESIGNER
Cleo was born in Singapore and decided to venture to Chicago to study and work. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasizing in Design and Writing. After which, she worked as a Design Sales Assistant at Luminaire while completing a Post-Graduate degree in Sustainable Urban Design with Archeworks. She later returned to Singapore to be a part of a travelling design studio where she helped to grow Melewi’s business, developed the team and worked as a UX and UI designer.
Cleo likes to be knee deep in the mud, analyzing scenarios and exploring new ways of working. From product- to digital- to user research, design never ceases to amaze her. So far, she has collaborated with NGOs & architects in Chile to rebuild a community center, worked with the City of Chicago to address the needs of creatives, spread the good word of design through workshops and lectures and learned how to be self-sustaining by building her own furniture and farming her own foods.