Metaproject 07 Winners Unveiled at ICFF
June 1, 2017,
Housewares purveyor Umbra partnered up with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as sponsor of the school’s seventh iteration of Metaproject, an annual industrial design studio project that showcases the top ten designs at ICFF. The semester-long course pairs approximately 20 design students with a client for a real-life product design competition, with the goal of providing students with the resources to create a commercialized item.
Past companies to partner with RIT include Herman Miller, Areaware, Kikkerland, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Poppin. Through Metaproject, students make contacts at design companies and also have the opportunity to exhibit their products during ICFF.
|Jeff Bruha’s Pail is a minimal compost collector with a charcoal filter.|
|Jamie Samuel Moore’s Teardrop Storage creates modular, over-the-door storage.|
|Chris Groves’ Rocket creates bathroom storage with a tiny footprint.|
|Jon Fratti’s Pop Shelf is a convenient storage space that also dampens sound.|
|Mick Bartholomew’s Waver Basket is a playful interpretation of a fruit bowl.|
From the end of August to the end of November 2016, students worked closely with designers at Umbra, taking a class trip to Toronto to observe the Umbra Studio and Umbra Store first hand as well as hosting the company’s designers at RIT’s main campus in Rochester, N.Y. The resulting designs were realized as high-quality, functional prototypes, with the final products being judged by Matt Carr, Umbra’s vice president of design, and Mingus New, product designer at Umbra.
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