Furniture News

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Six recent California College of the Arts graduates were showcased in Unhinged, the 2009 Graduating Senior Furniture Exhibition presented by the Furniture Program May 1–8 at the Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission district.

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Jim Norrena

CCA's R.A.W. Video student competition yielded some rather raw interpretations. See for yourself!

The winning short films in CCA's R.A.W. (real artists at work) Video student competition are now available to view and share with family and friends (well, maybe just your friends).

Congratulations go out to five inspired CCA student filmmakers who won the first CCA-juried student video competition. Each artist receives $500. The challenge? Create a short interpretive film that captures the CCA experience from the student's perspective.

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Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 by Jim Norrena

MacArthur Grant Recipient

Walter Kitundu was notified on the way to class early this semester that he had been selected for a MacArthur Grant. This grant awards individuals $500,000 with no strings attached and is based on their unique artistic, cultural, and scientific pursuits. CCA, and in particular the Furniture Program, is incredibly honored and lucky to have Walter in our department.

About Walter Kitundu

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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair is called out in the New York Times

CCA stole the show with innovative furniture as one of four design schools selected to exhibit work at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York this past May.

With over 25,000 attendees, ICFF is one of the world's most prestigious design events and the premier showcase for contemporary design in North America.

Each year ICFF invites the world's leading design schools to participate in an industry leader–juried competition. This year's other selected design schools were Savannah College of Art and Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University.

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair received special attention in the New York Times (also pictured in several links below).

The New York Times, I.D. magazine, Inhabitat, treehugger.com, and Home Furnishing News magazine, and other established media sources covered the 2008 ICFF.

Both the Furniture and Industrial Design programs were presented at the CCA booth. The Furniture project represented the outcomes of the Bevara Design House / Walmart.com–sponsored studio that was run by faculty member Oblio Jenkins in the fall 2007 semester. That interdisciplinary furniture studio addressed the theme "sustainable design for mass production."

After researching the complex issues associated with sustainability and the wide range of locally available production technologies, students worked with Bevara Design House and Wal-Mart to develop relevant designs with market potential.

CCA's Industrial Design Program coordinated two projects, which also were featured at the booth: Glass+, a collaboration with the Glass Program, and the Kitchen Sink, a joint effort with the Ceramics Program.

The students worked individually and in teams to design and develop a wide range of products for the home, from cocktail sets to kitchen sinks, using such real-world production techniques as blow-molded glass and slip-cast ceramics.

For more information, visit ICFF online.

Related links:

The New York Times
I.D. magazine
Inhabitat
Treehugger.com
Home Furnishing News magazine

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

CCA is one of just four design schools that have been selected to exhibit student work at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York in May. ICFF is one of the most prestigious design events in the world and the premier showcase for contemporary design in North America. Each year ICFF invites the world's leading design schools to participate in a competition juried by industry leaders. This year's other winners are Savannah College of Art and Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University.

Both the Furniture and Industrial Design programs will be represented at the booth. The Furniture project represents the outcomes of the Bevara Design House / Walmart.com sponsored studio that was run by faculty member Oblio Jenkins in the fall 2007 semester. That interdisciplinary furniture studio addressed a "sustainable design for mass production" theme. After researching the complex issues associated with sustainability and the wide range of locally available production technologies, students worked with Bevara Design House and Wal-Mart to develop those designs with market potential.

CCA's Industrial Design Program coordinated two projects which will also be featured at the booth: Glass+, a collaboration with the Glass Program, and the Kitchen Sink, a joint effort with the Ceramics Program. The students worked individually and in teams to design and develop a wide range of products for the home, from cocktail sets to kitchen sinks, using real-world production techniques such as blow-molded glass and slip-cast ceramics.

For more information please visit ICFF's website at www.icff.com.

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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 by Jim Norrena

As a Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor in Wood Arts, David Trubridge worked with graduate students in Fine Arts and with a group of undergraduate students enrolled in the Studio: Atelier course.

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Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Donald Fortescue, *Self Contained*, 2001

The FOR-SITE Foundation has awarded its first Educator Fellowship to Donald Fortescue, associate professor and chair of the Wood/Furniture Program at CCA. Fortescue has been awarded the opportunity to organize a graduate-level course at the FORE-SITE residency site near Nevada City for fall 2007 and will also receive a monetary award to cover materials, supplies, and transportation.

"I am honored to be awarded FOR-SITE's first Educator Fellowship. It is exciting to be challenged to set up a practicum at FOR-SITE and to make connections between the urban institution of CCA and the edge-of-wilderness collaborative site provided by FOR-SITE. I can't wait to get up there next year with my students and see what comes out of the experience," said Fortescue.

The FOR-SITE Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of art about place and provides learning opportunities that extend beyond the parameters of traditional academic curricula.

The foundation's board of directors awards an annual fellowship to a gifted educator affiliated with one of the foundation's educational partners.

For more information on the FOR-SITE Foundation, visit FOR-SITE Foundation. For more about the CCA Wood/Furniture Program, see Wood/Furniture.

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Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 by Jim Norrena

Richard La Trobe Bateman is CCA's fall 2005 Wornick Distinguished Professor of Wood Arts.

Bateman, with Donald Fortescue, developed an ambitious and exciting project for the Studio: Atelier course that involved a collaboration with the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains, east of Carmel.

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