Over 60 students from Florida State University, The University of Minnesota, Auburn University, and Appalachian State University will be participating in “The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge,” for the Fall 2015 academic semester. Students participating in the eco-friendly furniture challenge will debut their final design projects at the Fall High Point Market in “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation”, October 17-22, 2015.
Groovystuff, a Dallas-based company that creates reclaimed teak wood furniture, is sponsoring the “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge,” a sustainable program that has been endorsed and repeated by all four participating university programs. The educational platform established in 2010 by Chris Bruning of Groovystuff has also been endorsed by Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Columbia College – Chicago, The University of North Carolina – Greensboro, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, The University of Georgia, KMITL in Bangkok, Thailand, Marywood University, University of Idaho and The University of Oregon. In the design challenge, students are required to design an accessory, accent or occasional home furnishings product that utilizes or reconfigures the reclaimed material that exemplifies the Groovystuff product line and is competitive enough via written orders at market to be included in the company’s catalog.