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Groovystuff by Design student contest winners announced

Dallas - Home furnishings manufacturer Groovystuff announced the names of the four student winners of its "Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge."

Groovystuff design entriesStudent entries in Groovystuff's Design Challenge on display at the High Point Market, April 2013.

Students Ian O'Hare (Appalachian State University), Ami Seuki (North Carolina State University), Malachi Payne (University of Idaho) and Bethany DeLine (University of Minnesota) placed first from their respective schools in the popular vote, conducted at the spring High Point Market, April 20-25. for their environmentally friendly product designs and innovative contributions to the home furnishings industry.

Students from the four universities were challenged to design an environmentally friendly product reflecting the Dick Idol Legends brand that could be produced using sustainable furniture manufacturing practices. Miniature models and product display boards were voted on by retailers, interior designers and trade professionals attending the market.

Each student received a $250 cash prize and permanent royalties for life.

O'Hare, a second-year industrial design student, won for the Khunkhea Table Collection of teak wood table tops inspired by the mountain ranges of Northwestern Thailand.

Seuki, a third-year industrial design student, won for the Goza Side Table/Chair, which was built with reclaimed wood.

Payne, a second-year Interior Architecture student, won for Curve Appeal, which used reclaimed teak barkwood and reused steel wagon wheel hoops to make an all-purpose chair.

DeLine, a second-year Interior Design student, won for her Montana table lamp, which expresses the modern rustic spirit of Dick Idol through its big-sky silhouette and rough, earthy texture from the reclaimed steel drums found in the Groovystuff Moonshine Collection.

To introduce graduates to the residential home furnishings industry, Groovystuff CEO Chris Bruning created the Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge, and The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation, a sponsored space at market for university programs to connect with the residential home furnishings industry.

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