Cal Poly Architecture Students to Exhibit Furniture Designs in 14th Annual Show Nov. 3-4

 SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is co-hosting the 14th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition, a juried competition of hundreds of original furniture designs, in downtown San Luis Obispo on Nov. 3-4.

Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, and Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) team up to sponsor the annual competition that asks students to conceive and construct projects that range from tables and chairs to light fixtures, toys and other furniture design solutions.

“This competition provides a forum for students to expeditiously exhibit their design passions with alacrity and with a facility for craft,” said co-organizer Tom di Santo, a professor in Cal Poly’s Architecture Department. “It is amazing to see so many brilliant examples of Learn by Doing that the students achieve in such a short period of time.”

There are about 165 entries in this year’s exhibition, which will be held in the former Davidson’s Furniture store at 669 Higuera St. Designs must be original and fabricated by each student or team of students.

Their projects will be judged on function, individuality and beauty by a panel of experts in their field. The student or team of students who design the top piece will get to travel to Milan, Italy, next April for Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. The show is also open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on Vellum and to see pictures from past shows, visit

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