2015 Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition & Exhibition

Vellum 12

Friday, October 30 Reception 6:30PM - 10:00PM
​Saturday, October 31 Open 11:00AM - 5:00PM
​669 Higuera Street, Old Davideson's Space


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 Twelth Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition, competition to benefit the students of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The main event will take place on the 30th + 31st of October, 2015, with the artist’s reception happening from 6:30 to 10:00 pm on Friday the 30th of October. The results of the judging will be announced at the reception. Davidson Furniture has generously offered the use of their Space at 669 Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo, across from the Mission, to house the main event. The event is free and open to the public. 

Click HERE for the full Press Release.

Click HERE to download the Vellum 12 program

About Vellum Design Build

Vellum Design Build (VDB) was established in 2001 as a full-service design and build firm in San Luis Obispo, CA. VDB acts as a single source of responsibility in delivering built works. From custom residential design and construction to custom furniture and interior design, VDB manages everything from concept to finished product.

Jury Members

We are delighted to draw top names in the furniture design industry for this year's jury:

MINARC: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson: Minarc is an award-winning design studio recognized internationally for its modern, innovative, and sustainable design solutions. Inspired by the pure, austere beauty of their native Iceland, principals Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson were drawn to Santa Monica, California and the wide-open spaces and rich light that sustain their vision.

Clare Olsen is an assistant professor of architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A dedicated educator, Olsen has also taught at Tulane University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University. She is a licensed architect and has pursued installation and furniture design projects through her practice, C.O.CO. Her installations, PROJECTions and Reflection, are installed on the Syracuse University and Cal Poly campuses.

Steve Lee is the founder of Aprilli design studio, a Los Angeles-based design firm mainly focusing on design, research and implementation of sustainable design and planning strategies. His recent project "Aprilli Flower Vase Collection" has been showcased at various galleries and international exhibitions including ICFF 2014 and HD Expo 2015.

T J Esser received his Bachelors of Architecture from Cal Poly and holds minors in Environmental Design and Sustainable Environments. After graduating from Cal Poly in 2005, T J became a project manager for Studio2G Architects and M:oME, local San Luis Obispo firms that specialize in highly custom commercial and residential architecture. After practicing for 7 years T J moved to New York to obtain his Masters of Architecture from Cornell University with a concentration in theory and discourse. After teaching at Cornell, he now works for Vellum DB.

2015 Vellum Sponsors

Without our sponsors, this event would not be possible. Thank you to all who generously donated.

Titanium Level Sponsors: $2,000+

  • Cal Poly Architecture Department
  • Dr. Daniel Lewis
  • Space Architects: Enrico Como+ Scott Michael Stapleton

Platinum Level Sponsors: $500+

  • National Transportation
  • rrm design group
  • Erica Abbott/SLO Realtor
  • Pacific Coast Lumber/Don Seawater
  • M:OME Modern Sustainable Living
  • Vellem design build

Gold Level Sponsors: $250+

  • Coastal Reprographic Services
  • Alpha Rho Chi
  • Drake Wines
  • Luna Red Restaurant
  • AIAS

12th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition Winners

Kyle Kithas

Space 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.

Kyle Kithas for his piece entitled "Strata"

Doug Jackson Studio

Alex Morrison

Vellum 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

Alex Morrison for his "walnut/cherry display table"

Joe Ragsdale's Landscape Architecture Design Studio


Nate Markwell

Dr. Daniel Lewis
Cradle 2 Cradle Award:

For most sustainably crafted piece.

Nathan Markwell for his piece entitled "Barstools"

Carolina Dayer Studio


Alexander Tam

NT 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).

Alexander Tam for his piece entitled "Origami Night Stand"

Ansgar Killing Studio


Kevin Geraghty

RRM 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.

Kevin Geraghty for his piece entitled "Phantom"

Jon Foote Studio


Alina Chen

People's Choice Award:

Alina Chen for her piece entitled "Cupid"

Doug Jackson Studio


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People's Choice Award

Tommy Walborn for his piece entitled "Tavola di Vino"

Tom di Santo Studio

Kyle Rogers

Runner Up Award:

Kyle Rogers for his piece entitled "Untitled no. 13"

Tom di Santo Studio

Jake Kutzin

Runner Up Award:

Jake Kutzin for his piece entitled "No Name"

Doug Jackson Studio

Shaler Campbell

Runner Up Award:

Shaler Campbell for his piece entitled "Figure 06"

Doug Jackson Studio

Nathan Markwell

Runner Up Award:

Nathan Markwell for his piece entitled "Prop Lamp"

Carolina Dayer Studio

Dante Testolini

Runner Up Award:

Dante Testolini for his piece entitled "Typo"

Doug Jackson Studio

Katherine Garber

Runner Up Award:

Katherine Garber for her piece entitled "The Corded Bench"

Carolina Dayer Studio

David Hupp

Runner Up Award:

David Hupp for his piece entitled "The Twins"

Doug Jackson Studio

Victoria Wang

Runner Up Award:

Victoria (Wen Jin) Wang for her piece entitled "Interference"

Jon Foote Studio


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