Posts Tagged ‘Tomas Alvarez’

Recent Harrington College of Design graduates Tomas Alvarez and Kevin Scott exhibited their ultra-contemporary bridge lounge chair (shown above) in the Furniture Revolution Gallery at NeoCon 2010… You can see my original post about their design here.   

 Check out some coverage on their chair and the other Furniture Revolution Gallery that I came across recently on the web at: http://www.surfaceandpanel.com/articles/web-exclusives/student-designers-stand-out-neocon.  

I love when I come across Harrington student and alum work on the web – if you see anything, be sure to send it my way to info@harringtoncollege.com!

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NEOCON 2010:  700 cutting-edge exhibitors. Commercial/Residential Interiors. Over a million square feet of exhibits. All within the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Attending NeoCon is an industry must – experience new resources, new products, exhibitors, educational resources, and most of all, network and engage with working professionals.

Key points of interests that you will want to check out as you explore NeoCon include:

Harrington College of Design Booth 
Where:  7-0422 
Check out the booth created and constructed by Harrington students from all three programs!

Student Project Display
Where:   Merchandise Mart 10th Floor – West Corridor
View the future of interior design from the next generation of designers from local Colleges.  Projects include innovative environments from commercial to residential, and hospitality to retail. 

Green Spot and Sustainability Timeline
Where:   Merchandise Mart 1st Floor
The Green Product Gallery and educational center showcases new, innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly products from the showroom partners.   They will be addressing the global environmental challenges, the display highlights the product innovations, research finding, and events of the last several decades that reduce our environmental footprint and make the works a better place to live.  

To learn more about the all green initiatives in the place at the The Merchandise mart, visit www.mmart.com/about/growinggreen/

Furniture Revolution Gallery
Where:   Market Suites, 7th Floor, Suite 7-2014
Come view the up and coming stars in the Furniture Revolution Gallery that will showcase new designers with big ideas that will shape the future of American Design. Included in the exhibit is an ultra-contemporary “Bridge” Lounge Chair created by recent Harrington graduates Tomas Alvarez and Kevin Scott. Read the feature on their chair here. 

Keynote Speaker – Yves Behar   “Design in the Age of 360 Degrees” 
When:   12 pm – 1 pm
Where:   Sauganash Ballroom
Cost:   Free (Sponsored by HermanMiller)

Designers want their products to be as much about personal expression and the leading edge of innovation, while reflecting 21st century values.   The new role of the designer is to create and sometimes arbitrate, between these elements of contemporary culture.   What are the stories, tools, and strategies that we use to practice 360 degree design?

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Recent Harrington College of Design graduates Tomas Alvarez and Kevin Scott have been selected to exhibit their ultra-contemporary bridge lounge chair in the Furniture Revolution Gallery at NeoCon 2010, June 14th -16th at the Merchandise Mart. 

NeoCon’s Furniture Revolution Gallery showcases new designers with big ideas with the potential to shape the future of American design.  Tomas and Kevin’s bridge chair was one of thirteen designs chosen for the gallery, and was used by the Merchandise Mart to help promote the event. The chair (rendering shown below) was designed in the students’ final semester at Harrington, and will be built out of carbon fiber using a wet layup technique. The two designers were recently interviewed for an upcoming feature on the Furniture Revolution Gallery in Architectural Products Magazine. 

For more information and videos created by the designers check out their KickStarter website at http://kck.st/alf7Ec where they campaigned to raise the money necessary for the materials to manufacture the chair. They already reached their project goal with the support of 22 backers!!

About the Designers:
Kevin Scott and Tomas Alvarez are designers from Chicago, IL. They both studied at Harrington College of Design where they recently received their B.F.A.s in Interior Design. Prior to studying interior design, Tomas studied sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago and Kevin received a B.S. from Northern Illinois University in Sociology and Political Science.

Over the last three years they have designed everything from green rooms to highway rest stop urinals. Their last project DIFFA Dining by Design with the Harrington team was a huge success.

Furniture design is a really a passion for the two designers. Tomas has focused on designing functional pieces by way of repurposing, while Kevin has focused on complex furniture concepts. Their collaborations combine Tomas’ clean aesthetic and structural understanding with Kevin’s unusual concepts and flair for the dramatic.

Rendering courtesy Tomas Alvarez and Kevin Scott 

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Recently Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)’s Dining by Design 2009 Event was held here in Chicago, and Harrington students had the chance to showcase their work and their talent.

Representing Harrington was a team of 5 current Harrington Interior Design Students as well as a team from the Harrington Alumni Association.
Photos from the current HCD student dining set can be seen in this blog- the designers included Tomas Alvarez, Heather Harmston, Megan Klock, Brendan O’Connor and Kevin Scott. The students’ concept was inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s painting: I DON’T CARE! I’D RATHER SINK THAN CALL BRAD FOR HELP!, a strong theme that centered around asking for help when you are in trouble and tied directly to DIFFA’s main objective.

Over the years, DIFFA has granted over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide through its fundraising efforts. Interested in finding out more? Visit DIFFA’s website here.

See impressions of the entire event at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klickli/sets/72157622768719438/
Photos courtesy Harrington’s Digital Department

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