DALLAS, TX – Students from the Interior Architecture/Design program from Marywood University will be participating in “The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge,” for the summer 2015 academic semester. Students participating in the eco-friendly furniture challenge will debut their final design projects at both the Las Vegas World Market, August 2-6, and 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 educational platform established in 2010 by Chris Bruning of Groovystuff that introduces future graduates to the intricacies involved in designing a home decor, accent, or occasional home furnishings product utilizing the reclaimed materials that exemplify the Groovystuff product line. As an introduction to the home furnishings industry, each student will debut the results of their studio project at both the summer 2015 Las Vegas World Market and at the fall High Point Market in “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation,” at the Suites at Market Square. Students will submit a 20” x 30” product board, ¼” scale model and 42” tall pedestal for their models for a chance to compete in the “Popular Vote at Market.” The winning design will receive a $250 cash prize.
Each of the student designs will be examined and critiqued by market professionals for their overall marketability and for licensing consideration and inclusion in the Groovystuff catalog. According to Bruning, “Having the students designs reviewed by our retail buyers and designers prior to production at both the Las Vegas World Market and The High Point Furniture Market allows us to refine each of these amazing concepts into a product that buyers want to see and more importantly want to purchase for their clients.”
When asked what it meant for Marywood University to adopt “The Groovystuff by Design Challenge,” Professor Garrison had this to share, “What Chris and the team at Groovystuff have done in establishing the Groovystuff by Design Challenge has enabled students to work directly with a manufacturer in a way that they would otherwise not have had in their design education. My students will be learning so much more than good design, they will be learning good business and how when the two go hand in hand the potential is limitless. I cannot wait to see what this opportunity opens up in their design education.”
The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge, The Groovystuff Connecting Education with Industry Paid Internship, and University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation are industry co-operatives founded in 2010 by Chris Bruning that bridge the gap between education and the residential home furnishings industry. The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation provides an invaluable opportunity for students and professors to network with retailers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, journalists, and industry professionals at the High Point Market.
### About the company ###
Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff designs, produces, and distributes unique, eco-friendly, reclaimed teakwood home furnishings at upper-medium and high-end price points. Based in Dallas, it 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 Causal Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A). Groovystuff is also a major sponsor of “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation,” a non-profit founded in 2012 by Chris Bruning that improves 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 our industry. For more information, please visit www.groovystuff.com or www.facebook.com/groovystuff