Winners have been announced!
Michael DeMarco from Charlotte, N.C. for his furniture piece titled the Strangler Floor Lamp. Chosen by a panel of experts from Eastman and Appalachian State University, DeMarco’s lamp was chosen for exemplary design approach, use of medium (Perennial Wood and other materials), and its purpose, usefulness and aesthetics. As the Grand Prize winner, DeMarco will receive a professionally produced video of his furniture project for inclusion in his portfolio and on the Eastman Innovation Lab website, a resource for industrial designers and marketers featuring success stories about using materials to differentiate products for better results.Photos by Angela Hensley
People’s Choice Award:
Derek Elliott from Cary, N.C. for his furniture piece titled the Patio Chaise. Elliott’s furniture garnered the most crowd-sourced public votes via Facebook likes, Twitter tweets and
Congratulations to these winners, and to all the students who participated in the design studio. They were among the first to integrate Perennial Wood into outdoor furniture, proving themselves as designers and skilled craftsman. We are delighted with the results of their creativity and hard work!Pinterest pins. In acknowledgement of the People’s Choice award, Elliott’s Patio Chaise is receiving public recognition online and via social media, in addition to being displayed at ICFF in May, alongside the Grand Prize winner and several finalists’ furniture pieces.
Photos by Angela Hensley
Furniture design students at Appalachian State University are getting first-hand experience working with Perennial Wood™ as part of the Perennial Wood Appalachian State Design Studio. Sponsored by Eastman, the design studio provides students with a chance to be on the cutting edge of an exciting new product launch, and also to display their furniture in several high profile venues.
The students in the projects on this page recently displayed their furniture at High Point Market Week April 21-26, 2012. In addition to recognition at the show, one talented student will win a professionally produced Eastman Innovation Lab video for exposure to the design community and for use in his/her portfolio. Several students will also display their furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 19-22, 2012.
The grand-prize winner will be determined by a panel of judges who will evaluate the design approach, use of materials, and the product’s purpose, usefulness and aesthetics. The winner will be announced the week of April 30.
More about the Perennial Wood Appalachian State Design Studio
The design studio kicked off in January 2012, when the students were given an overview of Perennial Wood, the design studio, and had opportunities to ask questions of product experts. Following the kickoff, students received a supply of Perennial Wood and then launched into design and construction of their furniture. Throughout the process, students have had access to technical support and Perennial Wood product experts.
In addition to working with an exciting new material, the students are gaining invaluable experience doing real world design that involves interacting with professionals in design, marketing and communication, with the ultimate goal of developing a product suitable for the marketplace. Learn more from our ASU Design Studio FAQs and Case Study.