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2021 Virtual Student Fellowship | Be Original Americas
Students, Industry Events Jun 02, 2021
2021 Virtual Student Fellowship | Be Original Americas
Students, Industry Events
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Calling all students! Join Be Original Americas for the 2021 Virtual Student Fellowship

Over 20 design companies, makers, and creators will present through a series of webinars to a global audience of students. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the design process and provide an inside look into the factories, architecture and design studios, and headquarters of Be Original Americas member companies around the world creating authentic design. The program will share valuable insights into the design process, manufacturing, and the business side of design, through live, interactive sessions for future architects, designers, and entrepreneurs across the globe. Learn about working in an industry that shapes the way we live, work, and play.

Register and attend five or more sessions and you’ll have the opportunity to win a portfolio or resume review session with one of the presenting companies.

Program
June 24, 2021 at 3pm EDT
IIDA: COMMUNITY, CONNECTION AND CULTURE - THE ART AND CRAFT OF CAREER SUCCESS
Direct from Chicago

Join Cheryl Durst, CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Ryan Ben, Director of Association Experience, for a fast-paced deep dive into crafting a successful path for yourself in the design industry and beyond. Being connected, being engaged, and being an excellent communicator are all incredibly important at any stage and phase of your career, regardless of your career path. Sales and marketing, business development, product design, interior design and architecture, all require us to be flexible, nimble, astute and attuned to world culture, trends...and to one another. What is the most sought after skill set for the 21st century? Join us on June 24 to find out.
June 2, 2021 at 11am EDT
MARCEL WANDERS STUDIO: CREATION THROUGH COLLABORATION
Direct from Amsterdam

Gabriele Chiave, Creative Director at Marcel Wanders Studio, speaks to the importance of collaboration and humanism in design, not only through the lens of the studio, but he will also provide insights on interactions with clients and craftsmen. How do you crack the code and build bonds for life? Hear stories of love, respect, and loyalty. Marcel Wanders will appear briefly with words of wisdom for the attending students.
June 3, 2021 at 11am EDT
EMECO: WHAT MAKES A CHAIR?
Direct from California

Taking an inside look at the Emeco Factory in Hanover, PA, you will get to see the process of making the famous Navy Chair and 77 years of American craftsmanship. Then, take part in a sit down convo with Gregg Buchbinder, Owner & CEO, to discuss the intricacies of working with the world's top industrial designers, maintaining their sustainability ethos, and continuing to hone the legacy of American manufacturing.
June 4, 2021 at 12pm EDT
BLU DOT: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF THE DECADE CHAIR
Direct from Minneapolis

Scott Smrstick, Senior Designer at Blu Dot, welcomes us inside their Minneapolis shop for a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development process of the Decade Chair— a design that took two years and a full do-over to get just right. Ashton Jones, Senior Assortment Manager at Blu Dot, digs into how Blu Dot decides what to design next, while walking through the challenge of building a design-focused assortment that feels evergreen and meets people’s needs.
June 7, 2021 at 11am EDT
GEORG JENSEN: A LOOK INTO THE GEORG JENSEN ARCHIVES
Direct from Copenhagen

Join Ida Heiberg Bøttiger, Heritage & Archive Manager with Georg Jensen, as she takes you on an exclusive tour through the rarely seen archives at Georg Jensen’s Copenhagen headquarters. Get the inside scoop on the company’s history, explore some of the most iconic designs, and learn about how to use a company’s archives to design for the future.
June 8, 2021 at 11:30am EDT
KARTELL: IS ORIGINAL MATERIAL ORIGINAL DESIGN?
Direct from New York City

Kartell, a 70-year-old company founded by Giulio Castelli, is known for its DNA in ongoing research, working with well-known designers, and producing products of beauty, quality, and sometimes whimsy. Since 1988, when acquired by Claudio Luti, with a background in fashion, one can understand how Kartell is ever-evolving. John James Jenkin, CEO, Kartell US, will explore the creative power of new materials, how to be original by experimenting with new solutions, and enjoying design contamination.
June 9, 2021 at 9am EDT
LIGNE ROSET: FACTORY VISIT WITH ANTOINE ROSET LIVE FROM BRIORD, FRANCE
Direct from Briord, France

Antoine Roset, great-great-grandson of the founder, will take you through the Ligne Roset manufacturing facilities in the South of France. You will learn about the world famous "foam connoisseur" Ligne Roset, the company’s 161 year history, and its core values.
June 9, 2021 at 3pm EDT
CERNO: VERTICAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Direct from California

Cerno is a California-based design and manufacturing company that over the last ten years has grown from the three founders to a team of approximately 50 people that share a passion for design and making modern lighting in Southern California. Conceiving, designing, and manufacturing their products with one team under one roof fosters a creative and collaborative environment. It allows Cerno's team to preserve the design's original intent while continually improving it throughout the process. The team's intimate involvement with every aspect from conception until the first product ships creates a better light fixture and a better experience for clients. Join us for an inside look at the design journey.
June 10, 2021 at 11am EDT
SANTA MARGHERITA: DISCOVERING AGGLOMERATE MARBLE
Direct from Italy

Michele Caneva, VP of Sales at Santa Margherita, takes us on a tour to discover agglomerate marbles, an industrial development of the Venetian terrazzo tradition. We will explore the composition, manufacturing process, and technical characteristics of the agglomerate marble as a sustainable surfacing material. Discover the diverse aesthetic possibilities of agglomerate marble (colors, aggregates, finishes, textures and applications) and learn how to incorporate them into projects and environments.
June 10, 2021 at 3pm EDT
AMEICO: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF INTERNATIONAL DESIGN DISTRIBUTION
Direct from New York City

Get a glimpse into the business of buying and selling design objects. Hear valuable insights that AMEICO has learned in their 25 years of business. As a distributor, AMEICO has partnered with solo designers, small design firms, well-established family businesses, and large producers alike - and have sold to a gamut of customers and market sectors.
June 11, 2021 at 12pm EDT
MODERN METAL: CAN YOU MAKE A TOILET FAN ORIGINAL?
Direct from Oakland, CA

Can you make a simple product, such as a toilet fan, your own creative, original design? Modern Metal, an innovator in metal designs, shares how to bring an original idea to market. Gain insights on what it takes to bring a new product to market from start to finish from a small business vantage point. This will touch on several topics: design, production, marketing, and how to stay authentic in the process.
June 14, 2021 at 2pm EDT
GABELLINI SHEPPARD ASSOCIATES: ON THE ROAD TO PRACTICE
Direct from New York City

The road to practice is different for every designer. The passion behind Gabellini Sheppard Associates studio’s design collective is created through a cohesive collaboration of the unique design perspectives each team member has developed over the course of their relationship with design. Various design professionals from the team will share the experiences that developed their own design practice and a look into how that journey led them to join Gabellini Sheppard and how it adds to the studio’s community.
June 15, 2021 at 11am EDT
BERNHARDT DESIGN: TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED - NAVIGATING A GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN THAT BROKE
Direct from North Carolina

The past year saw a perfect storm of events that stressed, and in many cases broke, the global supply chain on which we all depend. The global pandemic shut down much of the world while causing an explosion in consumer demand, a once-in-a-lifetime storm crippled Gulf Coast manufacturing and stopped North American foam production, and the blockage of the Suez canal by an impossibly large container ship was bizarrely fascinating while causing traffic jams that will take months to ease. We will discuss these events and their impact on the design industry.
June 15, 2021 at 3pm EDT
WANTEDDESIGN: STARTING YOUR CAREER AS A DESIGNER, WONDERING HOW?
Direct from Brooklyn, NY

An energizing conversation with Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, NYC-based co-founders of WantedDesign. Drawing on their 10 years as curators, event organizers, and design connectors, Claire and Odile will share their insights into what it means and what it takes to be a designer today, addressing responsibility, resilience, empathy, curiosity, friendships, and sharing a few success stories.
June 16, 2021 at 11am EDT
LISSONI NEW YORK: HOW YOU CAN BE ORIGINAL?
Direct from Italy & New York City

Piero Lissoni architect, designer, art director, and founder of Lissoni & Partners, together with Stefano Giussani, CEO of Lissoni New York, will guide you through the firm’s most iconic projects sharing their design philosophy and anecdotes that have built the firm’s DNA. Starting from product design to architectural and interior design projects from all over the world, to sharing a behind-the-scenes look into its branding and graphic design divisions, you will learn about the firm’s holistic approach to any project. Piero will be coming to us from Italy where he established Lissoni & Partners 35 years ago, creating this “tailor made” approach, with its 360° vision and attention to every detail, which has made every project unique and truly original. Piero Lissoni will appear briefly with words of wisdom for the attending students.
June 17, 2021 at 11:30am EDT
GENSLER: HYBRID WORK & THE VALUE OF HUMAN CONNECTION IN THE WORKPLACE
Direct from Philadelphia and Baltimore

Since the start of the pandemic, the world has faced game-changing challenges. The unprecedented health crisis and the resulting economic fallout continue to have lasting impacts. At the same time, social unrest combined with the ongoing threat of climate change has put a new spotlight on issues of equity and sustainability. Now, we are entering a new season of hope. Vaccinations are underway, and there is growing anticipation for getting back to the social environments that bring us joy. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be together — not virtually through video meetings, but actually together in the same space. Learn about designing hybrid workspaces as we emerge from the pandemic and the value of human connections in life and the workplace.
June 17, 2021 at 3pm EDT
ROTTET STUDIO: A SENSE OF PLACE
Direct from New York City
Join James Cull, Rottet Studio’s New York Design Director, for insights into their design approach to luxury, resort, urban, and historic hospitality projects. James will share how his personal design aesthetic and Rottet’s design philosophy intersect to define the sense of place.
June 21, 2021 at 11:30am EDT
LOUIS POULSEN: DESIGN TO SHAPE LIGHT
Direct from Denmark

Light is essential to life and has a prevalent influence on our state of health and well-being. The quality of light throughout day and night, therefore, makes a profound difference. Louis Poulsen has always sought not only to design lamps, but also to shape light and create an atmosphere with light that makes people feel good, both indoors and out. We will hear from David Rosenkvist, Chief Commercial & Creative Officer at Louis Poulsen, and co-founder of Be Original Americas, on how designs are brought to life through an uncompromising commitment to quality lighting, craftsmanship, and creativity. David will share how Louis Poulsen provides innovative lighting solutions that are always guided by long-standing Scandinavian design traditions where form follows function.
June 22, 2021 at 11:30am EDT
DESIGNTEX + COALESSE: COLOR, PATTERN & OBJECTS
Direct from New York City & San Francisco

Considerations for color and pattern on furniture. Designtex + Coalesse walk through an exercise in collaboration, working together to utilize the expertise of small specialty textile mills, featuring the tactility of fine fibers and dive deep into nuanced color exploration. The result is seven thoughtful patterns created with the Coalesse offering in mind, meant to be used on any furniture. Only meeting in person once, the studios collaborated for over a year, closely minding a shared document to capture and relate their ideas, samples, and next steps. This webinar is an exploration into the process, correspondence and creative exploration.
June 23, 2021 at 11:30am EDT
CARL HANSEN & SØN: PRESERVING TRADITION & CRAFTSMANSHIP THROUGH CARL HANSEN & SØN’S APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Direct from Denmark

Carl Hansen & Søn has an uncompromising commitment to the finest craftsmanship, ingrained in their Danish design heritage. To preserve the traditional craft methods that have been developed and refined by Danish cabinet makers for more than a century, the Apprentice Program trains young artisans to master their skills and gain a deeper understanding of the art of furniture making throughout a 3 ½ year program. Joining us from Denmark, Knud Erik Hansen, CEO and grandson of Carl Hansen, along with Mads Holm Rabjerg, Head of Product Development, will share the meaning of this program to the future of the company, and show you what skills are developed and how an apprentice goes on to become a skilled craftsman.
HERMAN MILLER: BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL: HERMAN MILLER’S 10 DESIGN TENETS
Direct from New York, NY

Ten tenets are core to Herman Miller’s way of approaching and originating design. Simple yet powerful, the tenets establish Herman Miller's view of design, helping balance form and function, maintain standards of quality, and educate the entire Herman Miller community about the company’s defining characteristic: Beautiful and useful design. In this session, Chief Creative Officer Ben Watson will share these tenets and why they matter.
June 25, 2021 at 11:30am EDT
STUDIO O+A: WORKPLACE NOW
Direct from San Francisco

O+A sees the new workplace as an environment shaped by what the crisis taught us to value most. It will be a workplace that is healthier, more deliberate, more agile, and more inclusive than the workplace that preceded it. This is an opportunity to make the working world what we want it to be; to upgrade the pre-crisis workplace and add the discoveries that emerged from working at home and counting on technology. Join Primo Orpilla as he presents a new series of space types that will shape the work environment going forward. These typologies are drawn from needs and values that emerged during the crisis. A more flexible environment that supports the flexible lifestyles of its occupants will set the stage for a new era of workplace design that everyone can look forward to.
Jun 02 -25, 2021
11:00 AM - 17:00 PM
UTC -5 (EST)
Event
IIDA Members: Free
Non-members: Free
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