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The Savannah College of Art and Design announces that SCAD furniture design and industrial design students will be participating as design professionals in the exclusive 2012 SaloneSatellite at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April. New work from SCAD students Bradley Bowers, Alejandro Figueredo and Matt Gray will be displayed in a dedicated exhibition at the internationally renowned design fair from April 17-22 in Milan, Italy.
B.F.A. industrial design alumnus Bradley Bowers, an M.A. furniture design candidate from Texas and Savannah, Georgia, will show his unique tabletop vase "Om," crafted of paper and latex. He will also show "Mona," a multi-purpose tabletop vessel, and his innovative lounge, "Shell," which creates a sense of true balance when used.
B.F.A. industrial design student Alejandro Figueredo, from Caracas, Venezuela, will exhibit "Ligna," a tabletop lamp, and "Gira," a hanging lamp, from his lighting series that explores themes of balance and tension.
M.F.A. furniture design candidate Matt Gray, of Dallas, Texas, will exhibit two pieces: "Li," a low table intended to encourage a new type of dining experience, and "Ante," a series of wall-mounted antlers that seek to create a juxtaposition between the natural world and manufactured objects and can be used as a rack or serve as artful décor.
The designs of Bowers, Figueredo and Gray make up the students' professionally driven design consortium PLZ DNT TCH.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile has been a global benchmark for the home furnishing sector since 1961. The SaloneSatellite was created to focus on young, talented designers under age 35 from around the world. Since its inception, the SaloneSatellite has served as a hub for manufacturers and talent scouts, and many of the prototypes displayed have gone into production. This year marks the 15th anniversary of SaloneSatellite, which has as its theme, "Design <-> Technology," in keeping with the event's goal of looking to the future for new ways to consider and create design. Designs at the SaloneSatellite have been through a rigorous selection process and were chosen for inclusion by a committee of professionals from the fields of design, architecture and design media.
At SCAD, furniture design students master the fundamentals and learn the design processes through which products are conceived, developed, fabricated and marketed. Student designs are evaluated for appropriateness and for functional, aesthetic and structural integrity. SCAD is an academic member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Furniture design students are encouraged to seek new applications for traditional practices and consider issues of sustainability in materials, process and practice.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.