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BYU design students internationally recognized

School of Technology students representing BYU in the 2008 International Woodworking Fair last month in Georgia were well received, coming away with awards in two categories.

Jonathan Cox won first place in the “Design Creativity” category for the queen-sized bed frames he designed and built. Brady Cutler won second place in the “Contract Furniture” category for his four-foot diameter design, “The Clock.”

Students in Kip Christensen’s "Furniture Design" class create dozens of designs and choose one piece to build. Although BYU supplies access to a professional lab and furniture-making tools, students invest their own money and time into making their designs become reality.

“It’s hard to know the amount of work that goes into pieces like these if you’ve never done one before,” said Christensen. “It’s a major effort, anywhere from 150 to 200 hours.”

Other students nationally recognized for their furniture pieces were Justin Anderson, Jonathan Cox, Matthew Larson, and Jesse Taylor, each accepted into national juried exhibitions. Students Mark Davis, Sean Favero, and Jacob Knudsen were recognized for their chair designs, which were recently selected to be published in the book "500 Chairs" published this year by Lark Books.

Writer: Crystalee Webb

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