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Furniture-designing students and professors invited to participate in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 19-22 in New York


   

Designed by Catherine Worsham of Chesterfield, Va., a fifth-year industrial design student, the "Urban Artifact" is a bench, edge fencing, and a bike rack. Designed by Catherine Worsham of Chesterfield, Va., a fifth-year industrial design student, the "Urban Artifact" is a bench, edge fencing, and a bike rack.


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 14, 2009 – A team of faculty and students from the School of Architecture + Design has been invited to exhibit their designs at the 21st annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York May 19-22.

The exhibtion focuses on research linking industrialized processes with innovative use of material. The work will be shown in the Material and Processes section of the fair, and is the result of previous exhibitions at the Cologne Furniture Fair in Germany, and the Salone Di Mobile in Milan, Italy.

The group, led by Robert Dunay, the T. A. Carter Professor of Architecture, and Joseph Wheeler, associate professor of architecture, will travel to New York for the exhibition. During the fair's four days, 145,000 square feet of the Javits Center will bustle with more than 25,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors and developers. The public is welcome on Tuesday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 550 exhibitors will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.

Wheeler and Dunay are also faculty leaders, with Robert Schubert, College of Architecture and Urban Studies Associate Dean of Research, on Virginia Tech's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon project.