Plant Seven, an emerging center for design, culture and commerce in High Point, North Carolina, furthered its reputation for cultivating innovation with Homework, an exhibition of works by undergraduates from the furniture design concentration at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Led by Richard Prisco, professor of industrial design and furniture concentration coordinator from the school’s Department of Applied Sciences, the students applied the social, cultural, aesthetic, and functional tools they’ve learned in the four-year program, while also addressing the challenge of project-appropriate manufacturing.
Here’s a sampling of the students—all North Carolina natives—whose works were showcased at Plant Seven during the April edition of High Point Market.
Designer: Emily Madson Miller
Standout: Aiming for the contract sector, the Whittier-born designer favors industrial chic in a lounge chair constructed from powder-coated steel, cork, and aluminum.
Designer: John Lalevee
Standout: The Raleigh-based designer enables living room sprawl with a multi-surface maple cocktail table perfect for parties—or solitary multitaskers.
Designer: Kris Frazier
Standout: The interdisciplinary visual artist from High Point hones her material expertise in a hanging lamp containing a playful blend of mahogany, brass, leather, and PLA plastic.
Designer: Noah Howells
Standout: Though primarily focused on public-space furnishings, the Boone-based talent’s vanity cabinet in walnut, plywood, walnut veneer, and tube steel seems a natural for residential applications.
Designer: Ryan Decker
Product: Warden of Wallop Park
Standout: With a cunning blend of digital art and functional sculpture, the Asheville native fashions a fantastical cabinet from walnut, aluminum, and faux fur.
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