Cal Poly is co-hosting the 15th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition, a juried competition of hundreds of original furniture designs, in downtown San Luis Obispo on November 2 and 3.

Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, and Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) teamed up to sponsor the annual competition that asks students to conceive and construct projects that range from tables and chairs to light fixtures, toys, and other furniture design solutions.

“This competition reconfirms the notion that students can seek validation in their work through the design and fabrication of small-size full scale realizations to refine their design language and to test out body scaled straightforward use programs such as seating, lighting, and tables,” 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. The Vellum competition truly provides a true-life test case employing real budgets, real materials, real engagement with suppliers, fabricators, and manufacturers, plus real design timelines and construction schedules not typically incorporated into academic enterprise.”

About 195 Cal Poly students will participate in this year’s exhibition. Designs must be original and fabricated by each student or team of students. Their projects will be judged on function, individuality and beauty by a panel of experts in their field. The student or team of students who design the top project (The Space Architects’ Milano Grand Prize) will get to travel to Milan, Italy, next April for Salone International del Mobile, the largest furniture faire in the world.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 2. The show is also open on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. This year the venue is located at 1185 Monterey Street between Santa Rosa Street and Toro Street.

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