Nov. 4, 2016

Contact: Tom Di Santo

Cal Poly Co-Hosts 13th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition Nov. 4-5 in San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Some 140 Cal Poly architecture students will compete for a trip to Milan, Italy, at the 13th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition in downtown San Luis Obispo. Entries will be on display to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 760 Higuera St. (formerly Coverings).

Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly team up to sponsor the annual competition that asks students to create original furniture designs and have their submissions juried by a panel of experts in their field.

This year nearly 150 projects are entered. Entries will be judged on function, individuality and beauty.

The exhibition, judging and a reception will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, with prize winners and honorees announced starting about 8 p.m. A trip to the 2017 Salone del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world, will be awarded to the two top projects. The fair is held in April 2017 in Milan.

The Vellum competition began in 2004 as a way to inspire creative thought and challenge participants to press the boundaries of design, while offering a tangible experience and exposure to industry professionals.

The juried exhibition features design-build furniture conceived and constructed by students. Projects may include tables, chairs, light fixtures, toys, industrial design objects and other furniture design solutions. Designs must be original and fabricated by each student or team of students.

Paul Abbott, principal of Vellum Design Build and an alumnus of the college’s Construction Management Department, said student designers are excited by the opportunity “to reinvent the mundane and reveal their individual style and talents.”

“We at Vellum Design Build believe good design engages life and facilitates better living,” Abbott said, “and what better medium to explore the human interface with design than a chair, lamp or a table?”

The competition seeks to not only celebrate the students’ work but also serve as a bridge between Cal Poly students and the larger San Luis Obispo community, said co-organizer Tom di Santo, an associate professor in the architecture department.

“Most importantly, it provides a forum for students to expeditiously exhibit their design passions with alacrity and a facility for craft,” di Santo said.

This year’s panel of judges includes: Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, who make up the Mexico City design firm Pedro & Juana; Enrico Como from SPaCe Architects, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Italy; Kyle Usselton, an architect from WA Design in the Bay Area; and Emily White of Cal Poly’s architecture department.

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