Design for a Dollar: The Pratt student booth at the 2009 ICFF
Egg carton lampshades and orange peel votives; design students prove that cheap materials can yield beautiful results.
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Orange votive candles( David Steinvurzel )
By Barbara Thornburg
In the "Design for a Dollar" exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, industrial design students from the Pratt Institute in New York morphed egg cartons and old sweaters into lamps, turned dated magazines into flower-shaped stools, and melted bottle caps into bowls. Show visitors pressed the booth, sometimes four-deep, wanting to know: "How'd you do that?"
For those who didn't get to see the show in person we have photos of some of our favorite pieces. Click through to see the ingenuity of tomorrow's designers.
Orange votive candles by David Steinvurzel are created with soy-based wax and discarded orange peels.
Click here to read more about the Design for a Dollar show.