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Students nail it with their own furniture exhibition

Feb 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


ARCHITECTURE students went through a full production process from concept to creation to produce furniture for their exhibition Make It.

The exhibition shows off over 300 hours of student work in the Victoria University summer school furniture design and construction elective.

“The brief at the very start of the project was to design a piece of furniture for a learning environment,” said Andrew Caldwell, one of the student organisers for the event, which starts today (February 19).

Students collaborated with New Zealand manufacturers, including their main sponsor client Metal Art to produce their works.

Pieces in the Make It exhibition include shelving, lamps, tables, stools and seats.

Mr Caldwell’s piece, The Wave, is made up of plywood he laminated himself and a series of metal connectors.

Originally designed as a piece of pool furniture, Mr Caldwell said he is happy with the result due to its uniqueness.

“It’s been designed by us, made by us, they’re one off pieces.”

He laminated together the plywood with glue using a mould to keep the shape.

“There are four sheets of 4mm ply in each wave.”

Students on the course are planning the exhibition to complete a 10% course requirement.

Mr Caldwell said although it was a requirement of the class, they were happy to display their pieces.

“It’s always fun to show your work at the end.”

Recently the students have been putting together the final touches on their furniture and planning their exhibition. A social media page has been made on Facebook to create public interest in the event.

Make It runs February 19 to 28 at the Victoria University School of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro.


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is a Whitireia journalism student at the Media Training School. Originally from Nelson, Jacob is now covering the Te Aro area of the Wellington city. He is interested in the effects of social media on journalism and integrating multimedia in his stories.
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