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In the Spring of 2012, we have a class at Harrington College which is bound to stand out from your typical college courses: DSN 426 Experimental Design/Furniture Design.

First, we teach you all the basics – tools, joinery, material, finishes and upholstery are taught along with practical exercises with hand tools. Students will learn how to build small furniture by actually building their own – such as the 2×2 chair, a chair made out of only 2’ x 2’ lumber plus one material of choice.

Students are then taught about business within the furniture industry all the way from manufacturer production to showrooms and the ultimate end user. Once you learn all the big names in furniture design, you’ll begin to research the furniture market, learn about ergonomics, and understand how furniture can transcend the ordinary.

And best of all, it is an experimental design class: you are encouraged to break the rules and design the furniture from your wildest dreams! From pricing to marketing, you’ll even create a sales catalogue for it. And along the way, you’ll also be visiting leading Chicago furniture dealers on field trips, allowing you to network with the very people you may one day be buying from or designing for.

Definitely not your typical College class – but just one example of the types of courses we have at the Harrington College of Design! I would love to hear what your dream design course would be – share it in the comments section below!


Epoxy chair “La Meduse”  by Christian Oleksiak

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At the 2011 Chairs for Charity Event hosted by Chicago Home & Garden magazine on November 2nd, 2011, attendees took a seat and took a stand to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Vintage chairs that were given new life by some of Chicago’s top designers were offered in an exciting live auction that took place at the event’s venue, Chicago Art Source.

See some great chairs that were at the auction below!  Included in the mix was Harrington College of Design’s own Interior Design student Bridgette Nyman’s “Conversation over Coffee”…


Bridgette Nyman, Conversation over Coffee

Greg Jagmin, The Barbara

Morlen Sinoway, It’s a Pill, Too?

Suzanne Cahill, Imelda

Cody Hudson, C&R Hood Slab

Karen Klamek, Barrow

Annika Christensen, Sour, said the Fox…

Summer Thornton, Pump Room Redux

Gary Lee, Amancalama


See more exclusive photos from the event here!

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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Every year our Chairs for Charity project yields some dynamic results from our design college students: this year, we’re excited to show the top three designs which will be going to Chicago Home+Garden Magazine’s Chairs for Charity Auction Event.

Congratulations to…

First Place: Bridgette Nyman, Conversation over Coffee

Second Place: Sarah Anderson, Shoe Crazy

Third Place: Erica Swansey, Rosebutt

All chairs for the event were created in Harrington’s Interior Design college Experimental Design class taught by instructor Peter Klick. See all of the contenders here.

The top three chairs were chosen by an expert panel (who donated their time and expertise – THANK YOU!) that included Adam Moroschan, associate art director Chicago Home + Garden Magazine; Gerry Christiansen, object designer and educator at UIC and SAIC; and Morlen Sinoway, designer and owner of the Morlen Sinoway Atelier.

Interested in taking a seat at the event tomorrow? 😉 Info is below:

Chicago Home+Garden Magazine Chairs for Charity
November 2nd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Chicago Art Source, 1871 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago
Purchase tickets by clicking here.


Also…IT’S NOT TOO LATTE TO GET YOUR (MAID, MID Interior Design, MA/MFA Communication Design) MASTER’S!  Get free coffee, tea and hot cocoa courtesy of Harrington College of Design tomorrow morning and check out our Graduate Programs information at:

The Artisan Cellar
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste 116, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 2nd from 8:30 am – 10:30 am


Photos of chairs Harrington College of Design Digital Photography students Dawn Uti and Beth De Meere.

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Harrington College of Design students are currently hard at work pushing their furniture design to its limit in preparation of Chicago Home + Garden’s 2nd Chairs for Charity event which will donate its auction and part of its ticket proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

This year’s full line-up includes:

  • Suzanne Cahill, Maison Suzanne
  • Annika Christensen, Midnight Sun, Ltd
  • Frank Fontana, HGTV Host & Author
  • Harrington College of Design
  • Jeff Harting, FGH Architects
  • Cody Hudson, Struggle Inc.
  • Greg Jagmin, Greg Jagmin Associates
  • Karen Kalmek, Green Home Chicago
  • Gary Lee, Gary Lee Partners
  • Matthew Lew, Matthew Lew Fine Art
  • Raun Meyn, FoundRe Furnishings
  • Caroline Scheeler, Jayson Home & Garden
  • Morlen Sinoway, Morlen Sinoway Atelier
  • Tereasa Surratt, Author, Found, Free & Flea
  • Summer Thornton, Summer Thornton Design

Last year’s show yielded more than 200 guests who vied in a silent auction for fifteen one-of-a-kind chairs created by some of Chicago’s top designers (including work from several of Harrington’s students!) The event raised more than $10,000 for Designs for Dignity. See some awesome examples of the work featured in the 2010 show here.   Some work by a few Harrington College students from the show are shown below:

Now it is your chance to attend this year’s Chicago Home + Garden’s 2nd Chairs for Charity event:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Art Source
1871 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Event Web page: http://www.chicagohomemag.com/chairs
Ticket Sales:  http://bit.ly/l0GeQA

Tickets are just $35 and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Can’t attend? Help get the word out by visiting or passing along the event’s Facebook page, or following the buzz on Twitter at hashtag #C4C11    We can’t wait for the event!

Logo courtesy Chicago Home & Garden Magazine

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The Eating & Seating Challenge is a dynamic annual competition in which Harrington College of Design Interior Design students are challenged to rethink and reinvent the furniture we use every day. After defining current seating and dining trends, each contestant designs a solution in response to the new trends.

The Eating & Seating Challenge showcases just one more way that our interior design students are able to design from the top down – check out some of the innovative designs that came out of the competition below!

Cameron Wudtke

Bentwood Ottoman by Cameron Wudtke

Bentwood Ottoman by Cameron Wudtke
An excerpt from Cameron’s project illustrates how his design seeks to rethink furniture design:This solution illustrates the many ways the bentwood ottoman can be used as an eating surface. It is thin enough to fit between the seams of each modular unit. The modular cushions can be placed in many configurations within the frame, adapting to the needs of busy college students. When eating, college students are typically studying, watching TV, or on their computers.”

Maki Fuji

Sofa and Stool by Maki Fuji

Sofa & Stool by Maki Fuji

Laura Schlueter

Crab Table by Laura Schlueter

Crab Table by Laura Schlueter

Terese Poulos

Table & Chair by Terese Poulos

Table & Chair by Terese Poulos

Atousha Arabsheiban

Quattro by Atousha Arabsheiban

Atousha Arabsheiban

Quattro by Atousha Arabsheiban

Quattro by Atousha Arabsheiban
Learn more details about the competition by clicking here!

All designs courtesy Harrington Interior Design students above.

Speaking of great furniture, The Merchandise Mart is having their Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale, on May 11–14, 2011:
Shop select outdoor/casual furniture showrooms at The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart for the latest in outdoor furniture and accessories!

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