2017 Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition & Exhibition

Vellum 14

Vellum 14

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.”

Click on the image below to see the 2017 sponsors and judges!

flyer pages of sponsors and judges for Vellum 2017

14th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition Winners

Lamp and desk by Josh MillerSpace 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.


#117 Josh Miller - Shields Studio


leather and wood chair by Mackenzie StickneyAIA 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.

#23 Mackenzie Stickney - di Santo Studio

cement and wood foot stool book case by Marcus SimmonsDr. 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).

#88 Marcus Simmons - di Santo Studio  

""Studio 2g Cradle 2 Cradle Award:

For most sustainably crafted piece.

#47 Phillip Harris - Lange Studio

three black metal hanging lamps by Rachel RobinsonRRM Award:

#128 Rachel Robinson - Shields Studio

silver metal chair by Ilko Ilievga+d Award:

#14 Ilko Iliev - Morphosis Coop

wood and cement seats by Juliet LutyFlux Runner Up - Dieter Rams Book Award:

#29 Juliet Luty - Stannard Studio

wood bench by Mineli MegerdichianFlux Runner Up - Charlotte Perriand Book Award:

#5 Mineli Megerdichian - Wynn Studio

woman in chair made of concentric rings of red foam noodles by Chloe ShaheenHonorable Mention:

#94 Chole Shaheen - Lange Studio

""Honorable Mention:

#46 Kevin Herhusky - Lange Studio

wooden side table by Suraj ReddyHonorable Mention:

#118 Suraj Reddy - Stannard Studio

college of spoons and forks by Karolina DohnalkovaHonorable Mention:

#43 Karolina Dohnalkova - Lange Studio

wood and metal coffee table by Griffin Chierici

People's Choice Award:

#39 Griffin Chierici - di Santo Studio

""Davidson's Perseverance Award:

#153 Stephanie Manson-Hing - Lucas/Jackson Studio 

Lego coffee table by Moore + PrendergastVellum 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 Moore + Prendergast - ARCE students


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