Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition & Exhibition
Annual Furniture Competition
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017 | 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Open Viewing: Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Location: Old Davidson's Furniture Space, 669 Higuera Street between Broad and Nipomo Streets
The San Luis Obispo firm Vellum Design Build and Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design partnered to host the 14th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition, a juried competition among students of the college. This annual event, now in its 14th year, will be exhibiting hundreds of pieces in the Old Davidson’s Furniture Building at 669 Higuera Street from 03-04 November. The reception will begin at 6:30PM on the 3rd of November and is open to the public.
“This competition provides a forum for students to expeditiously exhibit their design passions with alacrity and with a facility for craft,” said co-organizer Tom di Santo, a professor in Cal Poly’s Architecture Department. “It is amazing to see so many brilliant examples of ‘Learn by Doing’ that the students achieve in such a short period of time.”
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.
Past Competition 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.
Past Competition 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 Architects, CAED, 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
Links to Past Shows
Vellum 2016 - thirteenth iteration
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
Two publications by AEDPress have been released showcasing student work celebrating five and seven years of Vellum excellence.
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: 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).