Groovystuff will present five new student designers, six university design challenge results, and the full Moonshine Collection during the upcoming High Point Market, the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, April 20-25, 2013.
Through collaboration with university graduates both here and abroad, Groovystuff is pleased to introduce five student designers from three national and one international design school in Bangkok, Thailand. Students from Appalachian State University, Purdue University, The University of Idaho, and industrial design graduates from KMITL in Bangkok, Thailand will make their debut at the High Point Market in the Groovystuff Showroom at the Suites at Market Square, #G-1025.
Student designers include Alex Parker (Appalachian State University), Ath Supornchai (KMITL Bangkok, Thailand), Janejira Bualoy (KMITL Bangkok, Thailand), Sally Bluemke (Purdue University) and Tessa Grundler (University of Idaho). Each of the design students collaborated with Groovystuff to make a sustainable home furnishings product competitive enough to be included in the celebrity Dick Idol Legends Brand.
Parker, who attends Appalachian State University, will exhibit his design, the “Echo Side Table.” This is the second design from Parker. He first participated in the Groovystuff by Design Challenge in the fall of 2010. Groovystuff is utilizing his other designs to add to his catalog for royalty purposes. According to Mr. Parker, “By definition “echo” is a close, parallel, or repetition of an idea, feeling, style, or event. The Echo line uses repetition of a shape within itself to create an overall cohesive and comfortable piece, but it also demonstrates some rustic qualities from a lost era in a new and modern way.”
Supornchai, who attends KMITL University in Bangkok, Thailand, created the “Teak Bull Chair.” The “Teak Bull Chair” design represents the magnificence and strength of the bull through its form and structure, most particularly in the leg structure.
The “Xylophone Bench,” fashioned by Bualoy, who also attends KMITL University in Bangkok, Thailand “was inspired by the Thai xylophone and is designed with dried branches, giving it a closer feeling to nature. The “Xylophone Bench” was designed as a multipurpose coffee table or bench and features a decorative storage space.”
The “Stickworks Table Lamp” was conceived by Purdue University’s Sally Bluemke. The “Stickworks Table Lamp” is a standard desk lamp that was influenced by the world renowned artist Patrick Dougherty. “I was inspired by the intricate and elegant weaving done by Dougherty and implemented a similar technique in the center of the lamp base,” Bluemke said.
The final designer is Tessa Grundler, from the University of Idaho. Her piece is the “Branching-Out Sideboard.” Inspired by the beautiful branches of the teak tree in Thailand, "Branching Out" is a furniture piece that inspires one to think outside of the box and discover new adventures in everyday things. The elegant lines of the frame contrast pleasantly with the organic lines of the branches. The piece juxtaposes the outdoors with the indoors. “Branching Out is a must for any home that strives for harmony between refined and rustic craftsmanship,” Grundler said. “Intended to be flexible and practical, Branching Out is intended to be the perfect piece for any space that seeks to have a balance between beauty and function.”
When asked what it meant to participate in the challenge, Ms Grundler had this to say, “Thank you so much for choosing "Branching Out" to add to the Groovystuff collection. You have made my dreams come true. After collaborating with Groovystuff last spring, I truly realized what my dreams for the future are. You have given me an incredible opportunity to get my name out in the furniture design industry, which is my true passion. Without the furniture design class & the collaboration with Groovystuff, I would have never found what I am truly meant to do with my life. Words cannot describe how truly grateful I am! Thank you for making my dreams a reality."
Reinventing how companies approach the market has never been more essential than it is today. Groovystuff endorses the future through educational outreach with University programs across the country by providing graduates with real world market experience and exposure in “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation”, a sponsored space at market that provides emerging graduates with networking opportunities and a platform on which to build on their association with the industry prior to graduation.
For the High Point Market, “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” will be showcasing recent Groovystuff collaborations with Columbia College - Chicago, The University of Southern Illinois – Carbondale, North Carolina State University, Appalachian State University, The University of Idaho, and The University of Minnesota. High Point Market attendees participate by casting their vote for “The Most Marketable Product.”
Past participating universities include: Appalachian State University, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Auburn University, The University of Georgia, The University of Idaho, The University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Purdue University, KMITL in Bangkok Thailand, and NC State.
Groovystuff will also debut The Moonshine Collection, a brand new line of furniture, lighting, and home décor products from The Chris Bruning Signature Series including over 50 new items never before seen at market. According to designer Chris Bruning, “The Moonshine Collection is the next trend in sustainable home furniture, lighting and home décor that add a dash of color to the neutral palette of reclaimed materials found on the market today.” From brilliant blues to various shades of red, orange, yellow and green, each piece meets the latest consumer demand for sustainable products with a more vibrant flair. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the Groovystuff reclaimed steel drum Moonshine Collection is part of the next generation of products that set the trend for 2013.
Steel drums are still used in many parts of the world, and when these barrels reach the end of their lifecycle, Groovystuff reclaims these antiquities and transforms them into furniture, lighting and home décor. According to Time Magazine’s, A Brief History of the Oil Barrel, “the steel barrel has been the industry's standard since the mid-1800s when overwhelmed Pennsylvania oilmen used whiskey barrels to collect oil after striking their first gushers. Today, crude oil travels by tankers and pipelines, but thanks to the early Pennsylvania Moonshiners, oil is still measured by the 42-gallon barrel on the world market today.”