"Bee Keeper" by Felicia Dean. 1st Place Winner. Appalachian's 8th Chair Competition. Photo by Miles Elliot.

Appalachian State University's 8th Chair Competition

The following information about this past Turchin Center exhibition is kept here for archival purposes only. This exhibition is not currently on display. View current and upcoming exhibitions.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
TCVA Community Gallery

Appalachian State University's Chair Competition is a chair design and fabrication competition organized to promote and encourage the exploration of contemporary production seating.

The 2014 competition focuses on the theme "NEW." Each designer will incorporate new and innovative materials, techniques and styling into their process. An award reception will take place on January 18 from 4-6pm and is free and open to the public.

About the Chair Competition

Appalachian State University’s Chair Competition was created to discover and showcase young designers that represent both design innovation and an understanding of product and market. This is a national Chair Design competition open to all degree-granting schools located in the United States. Work from both undergraduate and graduate students is accepted.  For more information on this competition, contact chaircomp@appstate.edu or 828.262.2464. 

Competition Winners

(From left to right): Greg Saul, Byron Conn (3rd Place Winner), Kelsey Keith, Felicia Dean (1st Place Winner), Todd Campbell, James Ellis (2nd Place Winner). 

Chair Competition Judges

Todd Campbell

Todd is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Design School with an Interior Design Degree. After graduation he went on to work with architectural design firms in Boston, Chicago and Cincinnati. His interiors experience was wide ranging from the large corporate campuses to award winning health care environments and even projects for Disney Japan. In 1992 Todd met Jerry Helling of Bernhardt Design on a factory tour and was soon convinced into moving over to product design and becoming the Design Director for Bernhardt Design. For over 20 years Todd has been helping to develop and guide the company’s product and global developments.



Greg Saul

A graduate of the Auburn University School of Industrial Design, Greg Saul has been designing high quality commercial seating and ergonomic furniture for more than twenty five years. Industry awards include a Good Design award, Best of Neocon Gold and Silver awards and Adex Gold and Silver awards. Most recently his seating designs can be found at Highmark in Los Angeles and Jofco in Jasper, Indiana. Working out of Charlotte, North Carolina, his firm Tolleson Saul Design uses state of the art CAD systems and rapid prototyping to explore new solutions for furniture design and manufacturing. Greg has personally been granted more than 30 design and utility patents from the US and European patent offices.



Kelsey Keith

Kelsey Keith is Dwell's Senior Editor, based in New York. She oversees Dwell's front-of-book section (market pages, interviews, profiles, and news) and edits and writes feature stories for the magazine. She's written about design, architecture, and culture for a variety of publications both print- and web-based. She lives in Brooklyn and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.



Images from the 8th Chair Competition

Created with flickr slideshow.

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