Sawbridge Studios is spearheading and organizing a furniture design competition in conjunction with Illinois Institute of Technology and Horigan Urban Forest Products.
The project involves IIT Architecture Professor Paul Pettigrew focusing on the distinct relationship between architecture and furniture design with the 24 students in his Spring 2012 class which began mid-January. Students are being mentored by Sawbridge Studios craftsmen and furniture makers, designing and constructing furniture pieces using wood from a single felled tree, downed during a major storm that swept the entire Chicagoland last June. The project culminates end of May with a selection process of the best resulting pieces, judged by a panel including Jan Parr, Editor of Chicago Home + Garden Magazine, Matt Seiler, President of the Chicago Furniture Designers Association and more.
The Chicago Loop Alliance will then showcase the students’ work during a special two-month summer exhibit in the heart of downtown Chicago at State and Randolph Streets as the centerpiece of their popular “Pop Up Art Loop” program.