Interior Design Students Get Groovy with Light Design

This fall, interior design juniors in Professor Abimbola Asojo’s IDES 3612 Lighting Design class were given the chance to shine in the Groovystuff Ambient Lighting Challenge.

Based in Texas, Groovystuff is a wholesale manufacturer and supplier of traditional rustic home décor that focuses on utilizing reclaimed materials in all aspects of production and design. Through their design challenge, Groovystuff partners with university programs to give students access to industry events, mentoring, and more. In this year’s competition, Groovystuff challenged College of Design students to design a light fixture that both appealed to consumers and used reclaimed or recycled materials.

In early October, students presented their designs to Groovystuff co-founder, Chris Bruning. The students’ final designs were then sent to High Point Market in North Carolina where they were showcased to industry professionals who voted for their favorite piece. This year’s vote resulted in three-way tie for first place between Erin Kloth’s Bare to the Bone (first image below), Stephanie Nardi’s Twisted Wire (second image below), and Lauren Stromquist’s Rustic Finds (third image below) – a first for the competition. 

Check out some of our students’ light designs below! 

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