Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Art + Design Students to Exhibit at Prestigious International Furniture Show in NYC

Art + Design Students to Exhibit at Prestigious International Furniture Show in NYC

WAVES, Anna Karreskog; Photo: Matthew Hebert

Six Furniture Design and Woodworking students from the School of Art + Design will soon be on their way to New York City to showcase their original chairs at the 29th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Students Matthew Bacher, Caselle Reinke, Chuck Thompson, Anna Karreskog, Megan Acera and Ricky Lopez, and runners up Zac Keane and Jeremy Blake, were chosen to represent the School as part of a design competition sponsored by WilsonArt, a manufacturer of high-end, high-pressure laminates used in furniture and construction.

The competition took place last fall as part of the Furniture Design and Woodworking I and II course. Each student in the class was tasked to design and build a chair prototype. The design process required students to submit source boards, sketches, study models, and finished plans, ending with the production of a unique, full-size, functional chair.

Selected by a jury of Art + Design faculty and industry professionals, the finalists were awarded airfare and lodging in New York, as well as the exclusive opportunity to exhibit their work at the show. The winner of the competition, whose name will be announced during ICFF, will also receive a cash prize of $1000.

ICFF is North America’s premiere trade showcase for architecture and fine interior design. The four-day show, to be held May 21-24, 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, is expected to draw more than 32,000 architects, interior designers, developers, retailers, and manufacturers from leading international firms across the globe. In addition, 700 exhibitor booths displaying what’s next and what’s best in contemporary furniture, lighting, carpet, flooring, textiles, wall coverings, accessories, kitchen, and bath design will be showcasing their products.

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