Design Students Craft Historical Chairs for Charity
The “Charitable Chair” fundraiser includes approximately 30-handcrafted, one-of-a-kind chairs. The event is scheduled April 6 at Gallery 51 in Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden, Utah. Visitors can preview the chairs from 6-6:45 p.m. with the auction scheduled for 7 p.m.
As part of a final project, approximately 50 students were given the challenge of restoring a chair of historical significance or creating a new chair that reflected a significant historical style.
Lever’s adaptation is upholstered in a reproduction of the famous “Acanthus Tapestry” also designed by William Morris in 1896.
he chairs are the culmination of five interior design courses, including Historical Interiors, Architectural Detailing and American and Modern Interiors.
“North Davis Cabinet & Design did all the refinish work for my chair,” said Kristina Bruderer, a junior in interior design from Layton. “My chair was an interpretation of a Thomas Chippendale ladder-back chair that was crafted of mahogany. North Davis helped me select a finish to resemble mahogany and donated $350 in materials and craftsmanship, so that was really cool.”
“This has been a different kind of mentoring experience way beyond the classroom. We've had to learn to trust students more and help them fine-tune their aesthetic discernment as well,” said Kristen Arnold, program coordinator and interior design instructor. “We have had to be very stern on quality and expectations because this is something that someone will purchase and treasure, and it goes far beyond a normal student project.”
The “Charitable Chair” auction and “Edible Chair” displays are in conjunction with Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll.
- Kristen Arnold, program coordinator and interior design instructor801-626-7935 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Lever, interior design student801-593-1935 • email@example.com
Kristina Bruderer, interior design student801-928-9461 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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