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Goal

Collaboration

Umbra is a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of housewares. Founded in 1979, Umbra now sells more than 2,000 home products, sold through 25,000 retailers in 75 countries. Umbra brings thought and creativity to everyday items through original design. Great design comes from creative thinking and Umbra is committed to [...]

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Winners


06

Goal

This year, the Metaproject partnership is with Poppin, the New York based one-stop-shop for everything you need to work happy. Poppin is rethinking every type of office product into a new colorful workstyle and recently introduced an increasingly successful range of furniture. The students are challenged to create [...]

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Goal

In 2015, the Metaproject partnership was with Kikkerland and Bed Bath & Beyond. Kikkerland is an international hub that designs, produces and markets original products in a variety of consumer categories such as gift, stationery, and housewares. Bed Bath & Beyond is a national [...]

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Winners

First Place

Linda Deng

Runners Up

Audrey Kirk, Brian Keyes


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Goal

Student designers, in partnership with award-winning, century old furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller, will address the factors and challenges associated with building and enhancing relationships in the workplace, whether that be in-person, digitally-mediated, or those that exist between people and their tools. Focusing primarily on the Living Office [...]

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Goal

In partnership with world-renown avant-garde accessories manufacturer, Areaware, students were required to explore the properties of wood and its use as a primary material in object construction. Students were required to research examples of culturally specific historical and contemporary toys and to define the meaning of Universal Toy. [...]

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Winners

First Place

James Paulius

Second Place

Jay Liu

Third Place

Katharine Beyerle

Runners Up

Blair Prietz, Jaclyn Jacobson, Jeffery Burrell, Megan Lin, Nanxi Yu


02

Goal

In the fall of 2011, a partnership was forged with the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG). Moving the nature of the Metaproject to a new level, industrial design students are working together with RIT glass program students to explore design concepts that take advantage of glass as the [...]

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Goal

In the fall of 2010, twenty Industrial Design Seniors at the Rochester Institute of Technology participated in a course with Professor Josh Owen. They were given the task of creating seating prototypes that celebrate the richness of Wilsonart International’s laminate surfacing materials. Each student was required to select and [...]

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Winners

First Place

Dan Fritz

Second Place

Colleen MacKenzie

Runners Up

Andy Clark, Dan Kestler, Francesca Pezze, Tim Kuo