Four Students Win Groovystuff by Design Contest at the High Point Market

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Four students placed first from their respective schools in the “Popular Vote at Market” at the recent High Point Market, held April 20-25.

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Bethany DeLine - UMN

I am very grateful that there is a company out there like Groovystuff, giving an opportunity for students to broaden their design aspirations. Malachi Payne - U of I

Home furnishings manufacturer Groovystuff announces the four students who were winners of its “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge” at the High Point Market.

The four winning students were Ian O’Hare (Appalachian State University), Ami Seuki (North Carolina State University), Malachi Payne (University of Idaho) and Bethany DeLine (University of Minnesota).

The four students placed first from their respective schools in the “Popular Vote at Market” at the recent High Point Market, held April 20-25, for their environmentally friendly product designs and innovative contributions to the home furnishings industry.

Students from their respective schools were charged with designing an environmentally friendly product that reflects the Dick Idol Legends brand and can be produced using sustainable furniture manufacturing practices. Students produced miniature models and product display boards for market attendees to vote on during the High Point Market. The four student designs were voted “Most marketable” and “Most likely to show a profit” by retailers, interior designers and trade professionals attending market.

Each student received a $250 cash prize along with permanent royalties for life.

O’Hare, a second-year Industrial Design student, won for the “Khunkhea Table Collection” – teak wood table tops inspired by the mountain ranges of Northwestern Thailand.

Seuki, a third-year Industrial Design student, won for the “Goza Side Table/Chair,” which was built with reclaimed wood.

Payne, a second-year Interior Architecture student, won for the “Curve Appeal,” which used simple elements and form to take an elegant approach to modern rustic design with reclaimed teak barkwood and reused steel wagon wheel hoops to make an all-purpose chair.

DeLine, a second-year Interior Design student, won for her Montana table lamp, which expresses the modern rustic spirit of Dick Idol through its big-sky silhouette and rough, earthy texture from the reclaimed steel drums found in the Groovystuff Moonshine Collection. "As a designer intrigued by the possibilities of repurposing materials, I identify with Chris Bruning's commitment to sustainability and transformation. With direction from the Groovystuff team, we discovered the key to a successful finished product was exploiting the inherently positive characteristics of each reclaimed material." Bethany DeLine - UMN

To introduce graduates to the residential home furnishings industry, Chris Bruning created the Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge. In stage one of the contest, students compete for the "popular vote" and a cash prize at the High Point or Las Vegas wholesale furniture markets, where Groovystuff maintains permanent showrooms. Stage Two of the process sees the winning innovative designs from Stage One put into production and launched six months later at the following wholesale market. Those Student prototypes then compete for the grand prize of "Most Orders Written at Market" and the winner rewarded with an additional cash prize, inclusion in the celebrity endorsed Dick Idol Legends Collection, permanent royalties for life, and motivation to join the residential home furnishings industry.

About the company:

Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff designs, produces, and distributes unique, sustainable, eco-friendly, reclaimed teakwood furniture at upper-medium and high-end price points. Based in Dallas, it has permanent showrooms in High Point, NC (The Suites at Market Square, G-1025), Las Vegas (World Market Center, B-146), and once a year at the International Causal Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A). Groovystuff is also a major sponsor of “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation,” a non-profit founded in 2012 by Chris Bruning that improves the competitiveness of consumer products here in the US by supplying the residential home furnishings industry with the most current education, research, market statistics, technology, product design and innovation, as well as a revolving human resource of graduates from the educational programs and universities that service the industry. For more information, please visit or .

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