Category Archives: Furniture


IIDA would like to announce its inaugural “Clash of the Classics!” This tournament of personal taste pitches classically well-known and inventive chairs against each other with you, the voters, choosing which classic chair owns the throne.

Here’s how it works:

  • 16 chairs are arranged in a bracket with two chairs squaring off in each match-up (shown below)
  • Voting will take place on the IIDA DesignMatters blog with IIDA’s Facebook and blog followers choosing which chair they like more, and the chair with the most votes advances to the next round
  • The final match-up, slated for March 29th, will determine which chair owns the throne



Schedule of Rounds:

  • Round 1 = March 19 + 20
  • Round 2 = March 21 + 22
  • Round 3 = March 27 + 28
  • Championship = March 29

It’s IIDA’s twist on March Madness, and we can’t wait to get started. Stay tuned next week on Tuesday, March 19th when we kick off the First Round!

Please note: chairs do not reflect IIDA’s endorsement of any designer, company or manufacturer.


Furniture Revolution Gallery @ NeoCon

In keeping with the tradition of opening its doors to well-seasoned and up-and-coming furniture designers alike, NeoCon announces the second running of the Furniture Revolution Gallery! The unique display will be featured once again in a gallery on the show floor during NeoCon, running June 13-15, 2011. The Furniture Revolution Gallery will provide a platform for the innovative designs of current students and young designers just out of school.

If you are booming with ideas that will change the future of U.S. commercial furnishings design, join the revolution and get noticed by submitting your product design to be featured at the Furniture Revolution Gallery at NeoCon 2011!

New this year, IIDA Student Members receive a discount!  Be sure to mention “IIDA Student Discount” when signing up.  For more information, contact Paige Sims at or 312-527-7934.

Revolutionary Student Designed Furniture at NeoCon

Although it’s only been a few days since our last post featuring student works, we wanted to share yet another collection of photos, this time from our partners at the Merchandise Mart, more specifically the Furniture Revolution Gallery from this years NeoCon.

“The idea was born out of a discussion about the status of furniture design in the United States,” says Antonio Larosa, project chair of the Furniture Revolution Gallery. “The Furniture Revolution Gallery is set up to highlight students, and young designers just out of school who have the potential to be the next great designer in America. This is unique because NeoCon is the first venue out there giving students a real chance of being seen and noticed by the major players in the design industry. ”

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Antonio Larosa, is a  Chair and Professor of the Furniture Design Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is also the Project Chair of the Furniture Revolution Gallery

SCAD Student Designed works from NeoCon 2010

Almost two weeks ago we asked you for pictures of noteworthy student events or accomplishments because  we love to see how awesome our student members are!  While the response has been a little more like crickets, we did receive a few photos from one of our members from SCAD from works that were on display during NeoCon 2010.

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Keep us in the loop!  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.

Pratt Incubator & West Elm Partner on Green Collection

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.

Fast Company Names Masters of Design 2009

Fast Company has recognized that no matter what you do for a living, design matters. It has always mattered–to all of us.


This year’s list features an array of incredible talent: David Butler, David Adjaye, Lisa Strausfeld, Alberto Alessi and David Rockwell. Click here to read more.

Appreciating Furniture Design

The most recent issue of Interior and Sources magazine has an interesting article on what it takes to engineer, design, and bring a piece of furniture to life.  “Design Collaborative: Vision Fulfilled” focuses on Lauren Rottet of Rottet by Deca.

Image taken from Interiors and Sources

The line of furniture is described as, “Rottet by Decca enables designers to provide clients with high-design pieces without exceeding the budget and is intended to serve as active elements within a project.  The line features two chairs; two-seat, three-seat and sectional sofas; benches; coffee tables; and an executive table desk.”

Image taken from Interiors and Sources

I encourage you to read the article in its entirety at Interiors and Sources, or simply click here! You will learn more about Decca and how their furniture designs may make them the first Asian manufacturer to distribute furniture that will garner LEED points.