WSU Interior Design Students Create and Auction Chairs for Charity

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University interior design students will auction vintage chairs April 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Copper Nickel (2450 Grant Ave., Ogden) during the sixth annual Charitable Chair event. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis and the WSU Interior Design scholarship fund.

“As part of the course final project, students are required to select a chair of historical influence or significance. Chairs are then professionally refurbished by design students and industry craftsmen,” said Kristen Arnold, WSU interior design program coordinator. “Students learn about the importance of quality furniture, historical significance and detailing.”

This year, 26 chairs are available for auction. Some will be sold as sets. The students select finishes and materials to restore or create pieces that are structurally sound, well-crafted and accurately represent the time period’s style. As part of the process, students solicit community sponsors for services, products and funds to aid in the restoration. More than 20 local design professionals donate products and time.

“Students can go to antique stores, go online or even look in their grandma’s attic for chairs,” Arnold said. “People donate chairs each year as well.”

Tickets for the evening are $15 and can be purchased at until the night of the event. The chairs will be sold at auction to the highest bidder. At 6 p.m., a silent auction will take place. At 7 p.m., the live auction will commence. Chairs can be viewed in a photo gallery online at

Those who are unable to attend the event but would like to submit bids can contact Arnold at

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Melissa Smith, administrative specialist for Public Relations
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Kristen Arnold, interior design program coordinator
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