National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. showcases corrugated chairs fromt he National Student Design Contest
Chairs designed out of recycled corrugated paper board by the nation’s architectural students will be on display this week (July 18-23) at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. The six unique chairs are the finalists in the 2007 Chair Affair sponsored by the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) and presented by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The finalists were selected from a record one hundred seventy six (176) entries, submitted by teams or individuals representing 56 universities and colleges across the Country.
The internationally known Chair Affair competition challenges architecture students to design chairs utilizing only corrugated board and glue. The winning chair, designed by a group of Cornell University students, provides multiple attached seats out of cleverly folded and glued recycled corrugated boxes and can easily be visualized in an airport setting. The other five finalists cover a wide range of designs which demonstrate the versatility of corrugated.
The Chair Affair offers students the opportunity to learn more about the corrugated packaging industry and its many careers available for architecture, design, and graphic arts students. (www.careersincorrugated.org) Through the competition and other initiatives, ICPF is introducing the next generation of innovative and skilled designers to the corrugated packaging industry, and AIAS is acquainting architecture students to the breadth of careers available to them.
In addition to the challenging jobs the corrugated packaging and display industry offers, students are attracted to the “green” nature of the industry. Corrugated products are made from renewable resources and the industry currently recycles almost 77% of the containers it produces. Many of today’s student graduates entering the industry will design tomorrow’s reusable containers, as well as packaging and displays that use even less material than today.
The six winning chairs are scheduled to be on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC from July 18 to 23, 2007. The prizes were awarded to students from Cornell University, Auburn University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Maryland, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Florida.
The winners can be viewed on the competition Web site at www.aias.org/chairaffair. The National Building Museum is open to the public Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.