Wednesday, April 1, 2009

University of Houston: Prototype 2: Lighting

Design Within Reach (DWR) Houston Studio hosted Prototype 2, Bridging Design and Sustainability, an exhibition of lighting and chair design prototypes by students from University of Houston, School of Art, Senior Interior Design Studio. Presented here are photographs of the lighting prototypes from the exhibit last night. Photographs of the chair prototypes will follow. My congratulations to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Houston's School of Art, Senior Interior Design Studio. This was a most impressive exhibit, from venue selection, to display, down to the excellent catalog of the show. It was well attended by Houston's world-class architects and designers. Meeting the student designers was a delight. I have never seen such design/execution talent in a student show. If I were not familiar with the DWR line, I would have had difficulty in determining which were student prototypes and which were showroom items. Watch out Philippe Starck!

Click on each photo to enlarge and to read design information.

Light Prototype: Aeon by Ruth Kuo

Light Prototype: Artificial Intelligence by Nadia Tufail

Light Prototype: Thirteen by Dijana Handanovic

Light Prototype: Eclipse by Manu Sanchez-Lara (table and hanging versions shown); In the background: Light Prototype: Fuse by Kristen Cochran

Light Prototype: Grand Battement by Jossary Valdes

So, you're asking, "What's with the shoes?" It's just that expensive shoes are my favorite form of design and this glamorous young woman graciously agreed to let me photograph hers.
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