Recently announced in the Daily Fix from Interior Design Magazine, is a new line of furniture designed for West Elm, the residential furniture and accessories retailer, by the design school powerhouse Pratt Institute. The partnership developed in May 2009, when the Pratt Design Incubator was tasked to design and produce a line of sustainable home office furniture for the trendy home furnishing company. For eight weeks during June and July, 12 recent graduates, led by Pratt Industrial Design professor Robert Langhorn, went to work. The challenge – to collaboratively design a line of home office furniture – desk, chair, lamp and shelf. The group divided into two teams and was handed a “top secret” design brief about the upcoming season – a look that was visually lighter,was reasonably priced, and met the criteria of the third party certification programs of Greenguard and the Forest Stewardship Council.
Take a look at their impressive contemporary but vintage inspired collection. Congratulations to Alex Binsted, Gregory Buntain, Sally Ann Corn, Evan Dublin, Sara Ebert, Rachel Feeser, Zachary Feltoon, Joseph Kent, Brian Persico, Jason Pfaeffle, Vanessa Robinson, Grace Souky, David Wright, Design Director Robert Langhorn, and Project Manager Kristina Drury.
Although we have 2 dozen IIDA student members at Pratt, this collaboration never would have made our radar if it weren’t for our friends at Interior Design Magazine. Keep us in the loop, we love to see how awesome our student members are! If you or your campus center has recently done something you think is noteworthy, send us a quick email or a web link and we’ll be sure to share it with our fan base.