Herbert, Sia Take Popular Vote in Groovystuff Design ChallengeFebruary 12, 2013
Mike Herbert and Eric Sia won the popular vote in reclaimed-teak furniture vendor Groovystuff's latest student design challenge.
Herbert, from Columbia College; and Sia from Southern Illinois University won most votes at the recent Las Vegas Furniture Market for their environmentally friendly product designs and innovative contributions to the home furnishings industry.
Herbert and Sia competed against undergraduates from their respective schools to design an environmentally friendly product that reflects the celebrity Dick Idol Legends brand and can be produced using sustainable manufacturing practices. Students produced miniature models and product display boards for market attendees to vote on during the Las Vegas Market.
Herbert's Vail Chair and Sia's Savanna Magazine Rack were voted "most marketable and most likely to show a profit" by retailers, interior designers and trade professionals attending market.
Herbert is a junior majoring in product design Chicago's at Columbia College. For the Groovystuff by Design Challenge, he was inspired by art deco architecture and the glory days of the American past when he designed a rustic modern lounge chair that "James Bond would feel comfortable in."
Sia is a senior majoring in industrial design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
"The design brief was to develop a home decor product that will enhance the modern rustic design life style," Sia said of his submission.
Each student will receive a $250 cash prize along with permanent royalties for life.
"The challenge was a very productive learning experience that opened a new horizon in the design world for me," Sia said. "I enjoyed working with the materials but it was tough, however it expanded my knowledge, which I'm thankful for. I would like to thank Groovystuff for giving me the opportunity to be part of the design challenge."
"I'm very thankful and so encouraged that my chair won the Popular Vote at Market for the Groovystuff Challenge," Herbert said. "When my professor of my furniture design class, Mark Klein, announced the project last fall, my class and I were extremely excited, and we all did so well in helping each other turn out an amazing level of quality and creativity. I'm so thankful for all of them and for the chance to be creative with reclaimed materials that really stretched our boundaries as urbanite design students in Chicago."