The "Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge" now has over 100 student participants from six schools for the spring of 2013.
The design challenge comes from Dallas based Groovystuff which creates furniture from reclaimed material. The design challenge calls for the design of an accessory, accent or occasional home furnishings product using or reconfiguring the reclaimed material that exemplifies the Groovystuff product line. The product also has to be competitive enough to be included in the celebrity Dick Idol Legends brand.
The results will be shown at the spring High Point Market in "The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation", April 20-25, 2013.
The participating schools are Southern Illinois University, Columbia College, University of Idaho, University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University and Appalachian State University. Professor Alyssa Coletti of ASU thinks this is a great opportunity for students to learn how to re-purpose otherwise unusable items into new products, and to go beyond aesthetics in furniture design.
All participants will submit a 20" x 30" product board, ¼" scale model and 42" tall pedestal for their models to compete in the "Popular Vote at Market" for the High Point Market. The winning design from each school will receive a $250 cash prize.