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Groovystuff Student Designers Make Debut at High Point Market


Groovystuff to unveil five new student designers at the Spring High Point Market, April 20-25.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 04, 2013

Groovystuff will unveil five new student designers during the upcoming High Point Market, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. The High Point Market includes more than 2,000 exhibitors and 75,000 attendees. Five student designers who have collaborated with Groovystuff to make home furnishings will present their designs at the Market. Presenters from Groovystuff are Alex Parker, Ath Supornchai, Janejira Bualoy, Sally Bluemke and Tessa Grundler.

Parker, who attends Appalachian State University, will present his design, the “Echo Side Table.” This is the second design from Parker. He first conducted the challenge in the fall of 2010. Groovystuff is still utilizing his other designs to add to his catalog for royalty purposes. According to Mr. Parker, “By definition “echo” is a close, parallel, or repetition of an idea, feeling, style, or event. The echo line uses repetition of a shape within itself to create an overall cohesive and comfortable piece, but it also demonstrates some rustic qualities from a lost era in a new and modern way.” He goes on to add, “I was so inspired by the unique natural materials that Groovystuff uses; all of the natural colors and shapes create a since of repetition in themselves,” Parker said. “I only wanted to accent this natural repetition. By doing so, ‘Echo' created a unique modern form that fits well into any home or outdoor lifestyle.”

Supornchai, who attends KMITL University in Bangkok, Thailand, designed “Teak Bull Chair.” The “Teak Bull Chair” design represents the characteristics of how magnificent and strong the bull is through its form and structure, most particularly in the leg structure.

The “Xylophone Bench,” designed by Bualoy, who also attends KMITL University in Bangkok, Thailand “was inspired by the Thai xylophone and is designed with dried branches, giving it a closer feeling to nature. The “Xylophone Bench” was designed as a multipurpose coffee table or bench and features a decorative storage space.”

The “Stickworks Table Lamp” was designed by Purdue University's Sally Bluemke. The “Stickworks Table Lamp” is a standard desk lamp that was inspired by the world renowned artist Patrick Dougherty. “I was inspired by the intricate and elegant weaving done by Dougherty, and implemented a similar technique in the center of the lamp base,” Bluemke said.

The final designer is Tessa Grundler, from the University of Idaho. Her piece is the “Branching Out Sideboard.” Inspired by the beautiful branches of the teak tree in Thailand, "Branching Out" is a furniture piece that inspires one to think outside of the box and discover new adventures in everyday things. The elegant lines of the frame contrast pleasantly with the organic lines of the branches. The piece juxtaposes the outdoors with the indoors. “Branching Out is a must for any home that strives for harmony between refined and rustic craftsmanship,” Grundler said. “Intended to be flexible and practical, Branching Out is intended to be the perfect piece for any space that seeks to have a balance between beauty and function.”

When asked what it meant to participate in the challenge, Ms Grundler had this to say, “Thank you so much for choosing "Branching Out" to add to the Groovystuff collection. You have made my dreams come true. After collaborating with Groovystuff last spring I truly realized what my dreams for the future are. You have given me an incredible opportunity to get my name out in the furniture design industry, which is my true passion. Without the furniture design class & the collaboration with Groovystuff I would have never found what I am truly meant to do with my life. Words cannot describe how truly grateful I am! Thank you for making my dreams a reality."

About the company:

Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Groovystuff designs, produces, and distributes unique, sustainable, eco-friendly, reclaimed teakwood furniture at upper-medium and high-end price points. Based in Dallas, it has permanent showrooms in High Point, NC (The Suites at Market Square, G-1025), Las Vegas (World Market Center, B-146), and once a year at the International Causal Furniture Market in Chicago, IL (The Merchandise Mart, No. 8-9036A). Groovystuff is also a major sponsor of “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation,” a non-profit founded in 2012 by Chris Bruning that improves the competitiveness of consumer products here in the US by supplying the residential home furnishings industry with the most current education, research, market statistics, technology, product design and innovation, as well as a revolving human resource of graduates from the educational programs and universities that service the industry. For more information, please visit or

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