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Table by Dave Freeman, Herron School of Art and Design
Design Emphasis is a furniture design competition sponsored by the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), where student projects are judged on their design, manufacturing, marketability, and craftsmanship. There are five categories: seating, case goods, commercial/office/hospitality furniture, accent furniture/accent tables, and design creativity. Before the show, students submit photos and descriptions of their projects to judges who run the gamut from industry designers, trade executives, and members of the press. There’s $12,000 at stake, and prizes are awarded in each category.
There were some great pieces on display this year (check out the photos of pieces we liked). Here are the winners:
Seating: Josh Goldstein, Kansas State UniversityCommerical/office/hospitality: Samantha Mallard, Haywood Community CollegeAccent furniture/tables: Brandon Skupski, Haywood Community CollegeDesign creativity: Ini Archibong, Art Center College of DesignCase goods: James Ellis, Western Piedmont College
Hall table by Jake Blok. Nice use of stainless steel.
Leather-upholstered lounge chair by Mo Chiang.
Steven Sander sits on his cherry stick bench, which is basically a bunch of same-size cherry pieces that sit on a bed of foam. The result is a very comfortable seat, with lots of give.
Steven Sander's cherry stick bench creates a wooden cushion of sorts. It is unexpectedly comfortable.
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I agree, Jeff. And as I mentioned, the piece is very comfortable, too. We met Steven's parents and grandmother while we were in the booth. A fun family, for sure.
I visited the booth at IWF where these pieces were on display. I spoke with Steven Sander about his bench and thought it to be a very clever design.
This week's prize is a 7-piece router bit set from Whiteside valued at $118!
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
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Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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