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NY Design Week 2011: University of Oregon’s Flat [In]Pact Chair  a blog entry by Jamie Hall

Published: May 23, 2011

Brittney Rekate's modern twist on Rococo was impossible to resist. A spunky, universally chic homage to Marie Antoinette, this chair masters what the Queen of France was never very good at—avoiding waste. This birch laminated plywood design packs flat—completely flat, and the packing peanuts left over in the shipping box can double as filler for the fabric seat cushion and back.

Part of the University of Oregon's Flat [In]Pact, a show orchestrated by 12 Product Design students; the installation was designed to illustrated innovative design, sustainability and environmental impact via materials, production and choices.

Each of the 12 pieces are …View full article

Casa Diseno a blog published by Casa Diseño LLC

A Day at ICFF

Published: May 18, 2011

Would you believe that this was our first time attending ICFF? The International Contemporary Furniture Fair annually draws the world’s most in-the-know design professional and aficionados to explore the cutting edge of the domestic and commercial landscapes. For 4 days industry professionals (last day allocated to general public) have the opportunity to tour some of the world’s most avant-garde products in architecture and design……

…..The Schools We were so proud to see such an exciting showcase of fresh designs from budding designers. Nine institutions participated in this year’s ICFF with collaborative efforts and creative ideas. Two schools in particular caught our eye: The University of Oregon, and The Pratt Institute. Oregon’s School of Architecture did a fantastic job of examining and producing flat-packed furniture and decor. Their items were modernly relevant showcasing an attention paid to our environment.…View full article

Free Think a blog published by Maxwell PR

Green Guide Forum at the White Stag by Brooke Standifer

It was a typical winter, rainy December morning in Portland, but that didn’t stop a diverse crowd of scientists, marketers, and sustainability gurus from attended the Green Guides Forum at the White Stag building this morning. The conversation started with an overview of the FTC’s proposed Green Guides, released on October 6, 2010 and ended with a dynamic Q/A.... View complete blog entry

School of Architecture and Allied Arts Blog
By Sabina

University of Oregon

Product Design Car Seat Project Featured at University Venture Development Fund Event

On November 10, 2010, Portland’s Union Bank opened its expansive lobby space to showcase seven University of Oregon innovation-related projects. The event was designed to celebrate the University of Oregon’s achievements in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship and also to increase awareness of the University Venture Development Fund (UVDF) tax credit. Securing gifts for the UVDF is key to keeping these achievements moving forward. Many of the invited attendees included thought leaders, wealth managers, tax advisors, and those affiliated with business and the university.

Each project was provided space in a trade-show type format. The following University of Oregon researcher/innovator/entrepreneur(s) set up booths to display their unique business and innovation: ... View complete blog entry



Objects Speak Louder than Words by Brooke Standifer
December 1, 2010

The man held up his disposable coffee cup. “How are we going to make sure that the labels and messaging on THIS…” he paused, put the cup down, and picked up a printed copy of the FTC’s proposed Green Guide summary, “… communicates to the consumer the way that THIS…” he shook the paper, “…tells us it should?” He picked up the cup again. “And that THIS doesn’t end up in a landfill when it was meant to be composted?”

A diverse crowd of scientists, marketers, and sustainability gurus attended the Green Guides Forum at the White Stag building in Portland this morning. The conversation started with an overview of the FTC’s proposed Green Guides, released on October 6th, 2010 and ended with a dynamic Q/A.....View complete blog post

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