Brown Jordan International partnered with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) earlier this year to help mentor 16 students as they produced a collection of outdoor furniture.
From the finished pieces, a select few winners were chosen in a variety of areas. Winning works will be on display alongside some of the other top pieces at SCAD’s International Casual Furniture Fair exhibit. Winners included Tahani Aldeini, who won for design, Aaron Atwood, who won for innovation, and Quinten Sanchez, who won the materials award.
During the 10-week collaboration with the company, SCAD students were advised by professionals in the field as they researched, designed and built their collection. Among the pool of experts was designer Richard Frinier, who visited the class in the middle of their projects to give feedback on designs, and Stephen Elton, Brown Jordan’s chief brand curator.
“It’s such an honor to help guide these extremely talented and innovative young minds,” says Elton. “The pieces they created are both masterfully crafted and conceptually original.”
Elton, in addition to providing support for the students during each phase of their projects, also served as a judge for the projects at the end of the program. Other judges of the collection included Margaret Russell, SCAD’s honorary dean of the school of building arts, and Geoffrey Taylor, SCAD’s dean of the school of building arts.
Materials for the projects were provided by Arbor Wood Co., a company that specializes in making outdoor ready materials through a process called thermal modification.