Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition & Exhibition

History of Vellum

Vellum Design Build and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) initiated almost a decade ago (2004) a design competition and exhibition that encourages participants - mostly students, from the California Polytechnic State University, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo - to create original furniture designs and have their submissions juried by a panel of experts in their field. Intended to inspire creative thought and challenge participants to press the boundaries of design, the Vellum Competition offers a tangible experience and exposure to the industry.

Every year, Vellum and the CAED host a public reception during the fall quarter in a prominent location in downtown San Luis Obispo. A silent auction to benefit the emerging designers typically accompanies the event. Competition Winners received a number of awards ranging from the Best of Show: Vellum Prize; Runner's up; People's Choice; and Best Production Value.

Judges

A panel of judges is comprised of artists, furniture designers, architects, CAED faculty members, and laureates which have included: Joshua Aidlin, Robert Arens, Jory Brigham, Bruce Bolander, Chris Deam, TJ Esser, Eric Pfeiffer, George Garcia, Joanna Gawunder, Matthew Granelli, Tricia Hamachai, Mark Horton, Tim Kobe, Laura Joines-Novotny, Hugo Martinez, Whitney Moon, Hilary Nagler, Mark Rawson, Jonathan Reich, Larissa Sand, Jill Salisbury, Dawn Sherry, Joey Shimoda, Colin Sprenkle, Craig Steely, and Len Wujcik.

Sponsors

The Vellum Competition and Exhibitions relies on the generosity of a number of sponsors(platinum, gold and silver) who have over the years enabled the public success of this event. Past sponsors have included: Alpha Rho Chi, Design Within Reach, Coverings, Roesling Nakamura Terada ArchitectsCAED, Architecture Department, Henri + Tracee de Hahn, G.J. Garner Homes, Access Compliance Consultants, Mission Community Bank, R2L, Timothy B. Becher, AIA, Chris and Arlene Connors, Studio Design Group, Architects, Inc., Curt Illingworth Architecture, garcia architecture + design, M:OME Modern Sustainable Living, Todd + Korie Newman, Jenee Arends, Eric MacSwain, CWA Studios, Gideon Hillman, NOVO Restaurant, Corner View Restaurant, Pacific Coast Lumber/Don Seawater, Daniel Lewis, 8 Inc., The Copelands, Vulpine Design Works, Sotheby's, Kreuzberg.CA Book Lounge + Coffee House, Space Architects: Enrico Como + Scott Michael Stapleton, RRM Design Group - creating environments people enjoy, and Ian Anderson: Anderson Design + Visualization

Vellum 2016- 13th Annual Furniture Competition

 

Vellum 13

Reception - Friday, November 4, 6:30PM-10:00PM
Open Viewing -  Saturday, November 5, 11:00AM-6:00PM
760 Higuera Street at the Garden Street crosswalk (formerly Coverings)

Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design and build firm, is partnering with the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly to host the Thirteenth Annual Vellum Furniture Competition to benefit the students of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The event is free and open to the public. Click on the image for details!

 

IMPORTANT: For those students planning on participating, your PRE-ENTRY APPLICATION is due MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 by 5:00PM.

 

13th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition Winners

#45 Matt EdwardsSpace Architects Milano Grand Prize:

This project was Best in Show and the winner will be sent to Milano for the Salone di Mobile in Italy (all expense paid).  This is the most important furniture faire in the world.

 

#45 Matt Edwards - Studio di Santo

 

 

#163 Riley Snyder#163 Riley Snyder - Killing Studio

#8 Danielle Aspitz and Roxy KermaniVellum Prize Winner:

The Vellum Prize Winner was not selected by the jury, but was selected by the titular sponsors of the event:  Vellum Design Build

#8 Danielle Aspitz and Roxy Kermani - Jackson Studio

#105 Ellie O'ConnorRRM Cradle 2 Cradle Award:

For most sustainably crafted piece.

#105 Ellie O'Connor - Studio Shields

#46 Matt Edwards, Danny Mark Finnegan Brennan, and Alex ShortDr. Daniel Lewis 100% Pure Award:

This is the best piece designed and fabricated 100% by the student in question (no powder coating, no welding, no chrome work...no upholstering...nothing was farmed out to another fabricator).

#46  Matt Edwards - Studio di Santo

Danny Mark Finnegan Brennan - Studio di Santo

Alex Short - Killing Studio

#16 Arianna Santana BlascoAIA Modern Master Award:

For creating the piece that most closely aligns with the ideals of the Modern Furniture Movement in America in the Mad Men era...post war USA.

#16 Arianna Santana Blasco - Studio di Santo

#44 Havel WeidnerISA: Garret Hack Timber Award:

For the best use of wood in a project.

#137 Havel Weidner - Clifford Studio

#44 Matt Edwards

People's Choice Award:

#44 Matt Edwards - Studio di Santo

#28 Jon ConoverRunner Up Award:

#28 Jon Conover - Studio di Santo

#8 Danielle Aspitz and Roxy KermaniRunner Up Award:

#8 Danielle Aspitz and Roxy Kermani - Jackson Studio

 


Repeated image of 2005 vellum postcard

Vellum 2015 - twelfth iteration
Vellum 2014 - eleventh iteration
Vellum 2013 - tenth iteration
Vellum 2012 -ninth iteration
Vellum 2011 -eighth iteration
Vellum 2010 -seventh iteration
Vellum 2009 -sixth iteration
Vellum 2008 -fifth iteration
Vellum 2007 -fourth iteration
Vellum 2006 -third iteration
Vellum 2005 -second iteration
Vellum 2004 -first iteration. Not available

Publications

Two publications by AEDPress have been released showcasing student work celebrating five and seven years of Vellum excellence.

Vellum_7 (2012)

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Vellum_7: Seven Years of the Vellum Furniture Competition, a publication to document and display a small cross-section of the furniture and constructions conceived and fabricated in the context of this annual design competition held in San Luis Obispo for five years running. The Vellum Furniture Competition, now entering it’s ninth year, has been a collaborative effort between the community and the College of Architecture + Environmental Design - - most notably, the Architecture Department, architect Tom di Santo and local design-build and retail outfit Vellum Inc.

The publication is part of the Architectural Environmental Design Press (AEDPress)

Vellum_5 (2009)

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Vellum_5: Five Years of the Vellum Furniture Competition, a publication to document and display a small cross-section of the furniture and constructions conceived and fabricated in the context of this annual design competition held in San Luis Obispo for five years running. The Vellum Furniture Competition, now entering it’s sixth year, has been a collaborative effort between the community and the College of Architecture + Environmental Design - - most notably, the Architecture Department, architect Tom di Santo and local design-build and retail outfit Vellum Inc.

The publication is part of the Architectural Environmental Design Press (AEDPress) and can be purchased from Lulu Marketplace (112 pages, color, paperback).

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