Furniture Manufacturers Select Designers for Chairing Styles 2020

Furniture Manufacturers Select Designers for Chairing Styles 2020

The students participating in Chairing Styles for the DEBUT 2020 Runway Show presented their final designs to furniture manufacturers recently on the park at the Los Angeles campus. The theme this year is streetstyle and the designs are inspired by graffiti, city motifs, and inner strength. Fit models informally walked the presentation area in the garments and the Interior Design Students presented their portfolios to the furniture manufacturers and Department Chairs Dina Morgan, Anne Bennion, Nick Verreos, and David Paul.

Paired in teams of five (two fashion designers, two interior designers, and one textile designer), the students created two complete fashion looks, four textiles, and two chair designs for each group. (Take a look at Chairing Styles 2019.)

FIDM is the only college offering a unique program such as this—an immersive collaboration between three majors and industry partners who donate their time, expertise and fabrication including Digi Fab and ten local furniture manufacturers  - Ana Maria Designs, Form + Function, Sardo Interior Services, Cisco Brothers, Wise Living, Inc., Loni M. Designs, Posse Furniture, Villa Hallmark Upholstery, Gregorius Pineo, and Haute House.

Textile Design Students begin by designing four different fabrics, which the Fashion Design Students use to design a look and the Interior Design Students incorporate to design a coordinating chair. Chairing Styles will bring 10 fashion looks and 10 chairs to the runway at DEBUT 2020 in April 2020.

This is the 19th collection of chairs and the 15th collection of textiles in the college’s history. Participating students for Chairing Styles 2020 include:

Team 1:
Kristine Robinson - Interior Designer
Joel Hindman - Fashion Designer
Jein Yang - Textile Designer
White Chen - Interior Designer
Olivia Jane Earwood - Fashion Design

Inspired by the fairy tales and the ocean, Interior Design Student White Chen has designed a shell chair with a channel back. White explained that she played off of Olivia’s casual, urban fashion design, incorporating elements such as the belt and curves on the pants into design elements on her high bench style chair.

Team 2:
Mind Pachimsawat - Interior Designer
Chloe Oh - Fashion Designer
Veronica Voehl - Textile Designer
Angel Sabater - Interior Designer
Bahijah Bazzi - Fashion Designer

Into one of her textiles, Veronica incorporated graphic elements of morse code for love and peace. So when Mind chose it for her chair design, she named it the “MC Chair.” Mind says she’s designed her chair around form and function, making it clean and simple.

Angel Sabater designed the Serpentino lounge chair inspired by the postmodern era. She cited the Memphis Group, an Italian design and architecture group from the ‘80s, as a specific source of inspiration—asymmetrical shapes and vibrant, eclectic looks. She said her chair represents rebirth and transformation, and includes a design element inspired by city bus benches. She chose white oak as the wood for its wear-resistance.

Team 3:
Allie Homan - Interior Designer
Suyoung Lee - Fashion Designer
Nicolette Moyer - Textile Designer
Linya Zao - Interior Designer
Alejandra Juarez - Fashion Designer

Embracing the feminine, Nicolette Moyer incorporated into her design a graphic treatment of the word ”womanhood.” Fashion Design student Alejandra Juarez said she was inspired by the bold print and wanted to embrace the feminine aspect with open shoulders and a skin-revealing zipper.

Team 4:
Ivana Carbajal - Interior Designer
Kimberly Wong - Fashion Designer
Ayomide Alaga - Textile Designer
Valerie Peng - Interior Designer
Lauren Richter - Fashion Designer

Textile Design Student Ayomide Catherine Alaga was inspired by Vivienne Westwood whom she admires as an activist, a strong voice in fashion, and a pioneer in many ways. Alaga played with opposites in her work. Peace, balance, and order lay just beyond the obstacles in our way, represented by chains and ropes in her design. Her positive message is that knowledge is power, and there is always a solution to be worked out.

Interior Design Student Ivana Carbajal said her design for the “2.0’d”  beach chair is “not your uncle’s beach chair”. It is low slung with a loose cushion. She designed it using a lightweight birch wood frame wrapped in cording. Valerie Peng explored “play” interactive art with exposed painted wood for her chair.

Team 5:
Isis Bouche - Interior Designer
Jing Li - Fashion Designer
Rachel Jobe - Textile Designer
Lauren Sullivan - Interior Designer
Ke Yang - Fashion Designer

Brain scans were a source of inspiration for Textile Design Student Rachel Jobe. She explored themes of chaos, fear, and the effects of drugs. Interior Design Student Isis Bouche was inspired by huge scale chairs. She admires Kelly Wearstler and Eileen Gray, art deco and designs of the past.

We look forward to celebrating the work of these students at the DEBUT Runway Show on Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

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