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Groovystuff

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Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff utilizes reclaimed materials in the design, production, and distribution of rustic, contemporary, and eco-friendly commercial and residential furniture, lighting, and home decor at upper-medium to high-end price points. Designed for today’s lifestyles and inspired by yesterday’s antiquities, Groovystuff now offers eight unique residential and commercial collections: Prairie, Iron Horse, Adirondack, Back to the Roots, Kodiak, Rocky Mountain, Antares Lighting and the recently launched Moonshine reclaimed steel drum collection. Each group features pieces designed with the foundation of style, value, longevity, and preservation of natural resources. Based in Dallas, Groovystuff has permanent showrooms in High Point, NC (The Suites at Market Square, G-1025), Las Vegas (World Market Center, B-146), and once a year at the International Casual Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A).

Groovystuff's not-for-profit 2013 ICON Achievement Award Winning “University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” and “Groovystuff by Design Challenge” represent a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities. Recognized by ICON for “Industry Contribution & Influence,” the Groovystuff foundation was established in 2010 by Chris Bruning to improve the competitiveness of consumer products here in the US by providing students with job opportunities and presenting professors and students with an invaluable opportunity to network with retailers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, journalists, and industry professionals at the High Point Market. Since inception, the Groovystuff initiative continues to supply the residential home furnishings industry with the most current education, research, market statistics, technology, product design, and innovation as well as a revolving human resource of graduates from the educational programs and universities that service our industry. For more information, please visit http://www.groovystuff.com or www.facebook.com/groovystuff.

Groovystuff Introduces Meghan Wilson: Design Challenge Winner from the High Point Market

RE: Auburn University Industrial Design undergraduate Meghan Wilson wins first place at the Fall High Point Market for the “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with industry” Challenge. DALLAS – Groovystuff is pleased to recognize Meghan Wilson from Auburn University for her innovative contributions to the home furnishings industry by placing first in the “Popular Vote at Market” for the “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge” at The High Point Market October 19-24, 2013. Ms. Wilson was one of sixteen students in the Industrial Design program at Auburn University who participated in an education to industry collaboration with Groovystuff for the fall 2013 academic semester. Under the guidance of professor Tin-Man Lau, and combined with design direction from the Groovystuff staff via Facebook, students were tasked with developing a residential home furnishings product utilizing the reclaimed materials found in the Groovystuff product line. The class was then given a sponsored space at the High Point Market in “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” to showcase their creations to the trade professionals attending the annual market. The Auburn display included a 20” x 30” product board, ¼” scale model and 42” tall pedestal for each of the student models. Students then interacted with trade professionals and gathered feedback on their designs for future production. Trade Professionals voted on the marketability of the student designs with the “Diverso Game Table” by Ms. Wilson placed first in the competition. Ms. Wilson will be receiving a cash prize and will be the first of her class to have his/her design go into quotation and production by Groovystuff. When asked what it meant to participate in the education to industry outreach program, Ms. Wilson had this to contribute: “Literally just before classes started and right after summer studio, Tin-Man offered a furniture studio that collaborated with Groovystuff. At this point I had never designed anything, so I was a little intimidated but jumped at the opportunity to take the class. My minor is sustainability, so I was very happy that I would be designing for a company that had such a big emphasis on reclaimed material. I had never expected to win the popular vote, because I was only a second year in the major and I was competing with some very talented designers, so I was very surprised when I won. Winning the “Popular Vote at Market” means a lot to me because I realize I just did something that I never even imagined myself doing at this point in my education. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to accomplish something like this. I had a lot of fun doing the challenge and, if I have the opportunity, I will definitely do it again.” This is the third consecutive year the Auburn Industrial Design Department has participated in the sustainable design program established in 2010 by Chris Bruning of Groovystuff. Clark Lundell, Chair and head of the Industrial & Graphic Design Department at Auburn had this to say regarding the experience: “The wonderful relationship that the School of Industrial and Graphic Design at Auburn University has with Groovystuff allowed our students to be exposed to and participate in the High Point Furniture Market in a direct and meaningful way. Chris Bruning has not only exposed our students and their designs to the market but also encouraged and brought them into the realm of product development and sales.” Groovystuff's not-for-profit 2013 ICON Award Winning “University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” and “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge” represents a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities. To read more about the High Point Market, visit http:// http://www.highpointmarket.org. For more information, please visit http://www.groovystuff.com or www.facebook.com/groovystuff. ### About the company: Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff utilizes reclaimed materials in the design, production, and distribution of rustic, contemporary, and eco-friendly commercial and residential furniture, lighting, and home decor at upper-medium to high-end price points. Designed for today’s lifestyles and inspired by yesterday’s antiquities, Groovystuff now offers eight unique residential and commercial collections: Prairie, Iron Horse, Adirondack, Back to the Roots, Kodiak, Rocky Mountain, Antares Lighting and the recently launched Moonshine reclaimed steel drum collection. Each group features pieces designed with the foundation of style, value, longevity, and preservation of natural resources. Based in Dallas, Groovystuff has permanent showrooms in High Point, NC (The Suites at Market Square, G-1025), Las Vegas (World Market Center, B-146), and once a year at the International Casual Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A).

Groovystuff High Point Introductions - Fall 2013

RE: Groovystuff Introduces new product for the High Point Market & presents Auburn University - Fall 2013 “Groovystuff by Design” Challenge Debut. DALLAS – Groovystuff will unveil two new product additions for the “Moonshine Collection” in addition to student design creations from the Fall 2013, Auburn University, “Groovystuff by Design Challenge” at the High Point Market, October 19-24, 2013, The Suites at Market Square, Groovystuff Showroom # G-1025,. The High Point Market is the world’s premier home furnishings event. Each spring and fall, more than 70,000 industry professionals flock to Market Week to experience the next trend in residential and commercial furniture, lighting and home décor. In response to the overwhelming popularity of the products made from reclaimed steel drum material by designer Chris Bruning, Groovystuff is pleased to introduce “The Moonshine Side Chair” and “Hourglass Side Table.” The transformation of these pieces from repurposed steel drums into functional home furniture make a true statement for reclaimed materials and the contribution they make to today’s modern and contemporary fashion statements. Fun yet functional, the “Moonshine Side Chairs” and matching “Hourglass Side Tables” are a colorful addition for both indoor and outdoor applications. Groovystuff will also feature eighteen student product designers from Auburn University and the results of their participation in the Groovystuff education to industry sponsorship. Groovystuff's not-for-profit 2013 ICON Award Winning “University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” and “Groovystuff by Design Challenge” represents a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities. High Point Market professionals will be the first to view the results and provide market feedback on the design created from the Fall 2013 Auburn University, Industrial Design Class sponsorship. Each student will display a 20” x 30” product board, ¼” scale model and 42” tall pedestal for his/her model for competition in the “Popular Vote at Market.” The winning student designer will receive a cash prize and have his/her design put into the production for 2014. To read more about the High Point Market, visit http:// http://www.highpointmarket.org. For more information, please visit http://www.groovystuff.com or www.facebook.com/groovystuff. ### About the company: Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff utilizes reclaimed materials in the design, production, and distribution of rustic, contemporary, and eco-friendly commercial and residential furniture, lighting, and home decor at upper-medium to high-end price points. Designed for today’s lifestyles and inspired by yesterday’s antiquities, Groovystuff now offers eight unique residential and commercial collections: Prairie, Iron Horse, Adirondack, Back to the Roots, Kodiak, Rocky Mountain, Antares Lighting and the recently launched Moonshine reclaimed steel drum collection. Each group features pieces designed with the foundation of style, value, longevity, and preservation of natural resources. Based in Dallas, Groovystuff has permanent showrooms in High Point, NC (The Suites at Market Square, G-1025), Las Vegas (World Market Center, B-146), and once a year at the International Casual Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A).

Groovystuff Awarded 2013 ICON HONOR

Dallas, Texas, September 24, 2013 – Groovystuff, Inc, was awarded with the 2013 “Industry Contribution and Influence” ICON HONOR for achievements in the integration of college students into the gift and home furnishings industry. The award was presented to Chris Bruning, President of Groovystuff at the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta International Gift and Home Market, Atlanta GA, by Jeffery L. Portman, CEO, AmericasMart Atlanta. The ICON HONORS recognizes achievements across the gift and home furnishings industry, and includes hundreds of individuals, manufacturers, retailers, sales reps and service providers. The ceremony is the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry and considered to be one of the highest awards presented to professionals within the trade. Hosted by CNN’s Lynn Russell, the Award ceremony featured a guest appearance by Peter Frampton as the night’s entertainment. The ICON Award was presented to Chris Bruning, Groovystuff owner and founder of “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” and the associated “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge,” for his breakthrough outreach with over 14 universities since 2008. Per Jeffrey L. Portman, President and CEO of AmericansMart Atlanta, “ICON HONORS recognized and celebrates those whose imagination transcends reality to transform their companies, their communities and the home and gift industry we love. It is these rare individuals we celebrate tonight and it is their stunning achievements we applaud.” Groovystuff's not-for-profit “University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” and “Groovystuff By Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge,” represents a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities. Groovystuff ships a box of its reclaimed raw materials to the design departments of participating universities where the students create commercial furniture, lighting and home décor under the guidance of their professors and Bruning. The class project is then exhibited at the High Point Market, voted on by attendees re marketability, then put into production. The winners are awarded lifetime royalties by Groovystuff. “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” was developed and created by Bruning to improve the competitiveness of consumer products here in the US by supplying the residential home furnishings industry with the most current education, research, market statistics, technology, product design and innovation, as well as a revolving human resource of graduates from the educational programs and universities that service the industry. In his acceptance speech, Bruning encouraged all of the attendees to reach out to the schools in their communities to encourage those of the next generation to bring their spark and enthusiasm to the industry. Other ICON HONORS award winners for the night included Donald J. Hall, Hallmark Cards: Lifetime Achievement Honor and Century Furniture: Medal of Excellence Honor. About the company: Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff utilizes reclaimed materials in the design, production, and wholesale distribution of rustic, contemporary, and eco-friendly commercial and residential furniture, lighting, and home decor at upper-medium to high-end price points. Designed for today’s lifestyles and inspired by yesterday’s antiquities, Groovystuff now offers eight unique residential and commercial collections: Prairie, Iron Horse, Adirondack, Back to the Roots, Kodiak, Rocky Mountain, Antares Lighting and the recently launched Moonshine reclaimed steel drum collection. Each group features pieces designed with the foundation of style, value, longevity, and preservation of natural resources. Based in Dallas, Groovystuff has permanent showrooms in High Point, NC (The Suites at Market Square, G-1025), Las Vegas (World Market Center, B-146), and once a year at the International Casual Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A). Groovystuff's not-for-profit 2013 ICON Achievement Award Winning “University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” and “Groovystuff by Design Challenge” represent a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities. Recognized by ICON for “Industry Contribution & Influence,” the Groovystuff foundation was established in 2010 by Chris Bruning to improve the competitiveness of consumer products here in the US, by providing students with job opportunities and presenting professors with an invaluable opportunity to network with retailers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, journalists, and industry professionals at the High Point Market. Since inception, the Groovystuff initiative continues to supply the residential home furnishings industry with the most current education, research, market statistics, technology, product design, and innovation as well as a revolving human resource of graduates from the educational programs and universities that service our industry. For more information, please visit http://www.groovystuff.com or www.facebook.com/groovystuff. Contact Information Chris Bruning Groovystuff chris@groovystuff.com 214-956-0536

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.” ###

Who is Groovystuff?

Vicki Payne interview at The High Point Market

The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation

GROOVYSTUFF ICON HONOR 2013

Groovystuff at the High Point Market