DALLAS, Nov. 6, 2013 - (Furniture Today) Auburn University student Meghan Wilson's design won the popular vote at the October High Point Market in the Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.
Wilson was one of 16 students in Auburn's Industrial Design program who participated in the collaboration between the school and Groovystuff during the fall semester.
Under the guidance of professor Tin-Man Lau, with design direction from the Groovystuff staff via Facebook, students developed a residential home furnishings product using the reclaimed materials found in the Groovystuff product line.
At market, class creations were showcased in The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation in the Suites at Market Square.
Wilson's creation, the Diverso Game Table was selected by a vote of trade professionals at market. She'll receive a cash prize and her design will go into quotation and production by Groovystuff.
"Literally just before classes started and right after summer studio, Tin-Man offered a furniture studio that collaborated with Groovystuff ," Wilson said. "At this point I had never designed anything, so I was a little intimidated but jumped at the opportunity to take the class. My minor is sustainability, so I was very happy that I would be designing for a company that had such a big emphasis on reclaimed material,"
"I had never expected to win the popular vote, because I was only a second year in the major and I was competing with some very talented designers, so I was very surprised when I won. Winning the popular vote at market means a lot to me because I realize I just did something that I never even imagined myself doing at this point in my education. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to accomplish something like this. I had a lot of fun doing the challenge and, if I have the opportunity, I will definitely do it again."
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