Groovystuff announces latest student design winners
Thomas Lester -- Furniture Today, May 17, 2013
Bethany DeLine, from the University of Minnesota, was a Groovystuff by Design winner for her Montana table lamp.
North Carolina State’s Amy Sueki’s Goza Side Table/Chair was another Groovystuff winner.
Voters in the Groovystuff by Design contest liked Idaho student Malachi Payne’s Curve Appeal design.
Appalachian State’s Ian O’Hare was one of four Groovystuff by Design winners for his Khunkhea Table Collection.
DALLAS — The votes are in, and recognition is coming for the innovative furniture design ideas of four college students.
The students participated in "Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge" at the April 20-25 High Point Market, a contest by manufacturer Groovystuff.
The winners were Ian O'Hare (Appalachian State University), Ami Seuki (North Carolina State University), Malachi Payne (University of Idaho) and Bethany DeLine (University of Minnesota). They placed first from their respective schools in the popular vote at market for their innovative, environmentally friendly product designs, the company said.
Students were tasked with designing an environmentally friendly product that reflects the Dick Idol Legends brand and can be produced using sustainable furniture manufacturing practices. Students made miniature models and product display boards for High Point attendees to vote on.
The winning designs were voted "most marketable" and "most likely to show a profit" by retailers, interior designers and other trade professionals attending market.
Each student received a $250 cash prize along with royalties for life if their designs are produced and sold.
O'Hare, a second-year industrial design student, won for the Khunkhea Table Collection of teak wood tabletops inspired by the mountain ranges of northwestern Thailand.
Seuki, a third-year industrial design student, won for the Goza Side Table/Chair, built with reclaimed wood.
Payne, a second-year interior architecture student, won for the Curve Appeal, which used simple elements and form to take an elegant approach to modern rustic design with reclaimed teak barkwood and reused steel wagon wheel hoops to make an all-purpose chair.
DeLine, a second-year interior design student, won for her Montana table lamp, which expresses the modern rustic spirit of Dick Idol through its big-sky silhouette and rough, earthy texture from the reclaimed steel drums found in the Groovystuff Moonshine Collection.
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