Umbra Brings Student Designs to ICFF
May 16, 2017,
NEW YORK—Umbra and students from the Rochester Institute of Technology will bring the top 10 home designs from a recent collaborative project to International Contemporary Furniture Fair next week.
RIT’s Metaproject is an annual industrial design studio project run by Josh Owen, professor and industrial design program chair in RIT’s School of Design. It’s a semester-long course that pairs approximately 20 design students with a client for a real-life product design competition, with the goal of providing students with the resources to create a commercialized item. The students are charged with producing designs that are pragmatically understandable, as well as visually powerful and intellectually elegant. Past companies to partner with RIT include Herman Miller, Areaware, Kikkerland, The Corning Museum of Glass and Poppin.
This year, the students were tasked with designing for small spaces, creating exceptional products that embody Umbra’s ethos to make compact living more efficient and enjoyable, Umbra said. Umbra is a Canadian product design company that offers everything from furniture and wall decor to tabletop and kitchenware to storage and frames.
Jon Fratti’s Pop Shelf is a convenient storage space that also dampens sound.
ICFF takes place at the Javits Center here May 21-24.
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