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140 Students Compete in 13th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition

Two Cal Poly architecture students won a trip to Milan, Italy, at the 13th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition in downtown San Luis Obispo from Nov. 4 to 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, 140 architecture students entered nearly 150 projects, which included tables, chairs, light fixtures, games, industrial design objects and other furniture design solutions. Designs had to be original and fabricated by each student or team of students. Entries were judged on function, individuality and beauty. Hundreds attended the Nov. 4 reception. Grand prize winners were Matt Edwards and Riley Snyder, who will receive a trip to the 2017 Salone del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world. The fair is held in April 2017 in Milan. Edwards also received an award for the best full design and fabrication piece and the People's Choice Award. Other prize winners included: Arianna Santana Blasco (AIA Modern Master Award); Ellie O'Connor (RRM Cradle 2 Cradle Award); Edwards and Alex Short (Dr. Daniel Lewis 100% Pure Award); Havel Weidner (Garrett Hack Timber Award); Danielle Aspitz and Roxy Kermani (Vellum Prize); and Aspitz, Kermani and Jon Conover (Runner's Up). 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 competition seeks to not only celebrate the students' work but also serve as a bridge between the Cal Poly student community and the larger community of San Luis Obispo, 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 added. Read more here.

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