Class of 2015

FIVE FABULOUS GROUPS OF GRADUATING SENIORS SHOWED US
the future of home.

JELLE zero energy produce preservation container…always fresh never frozen
WATERCYCLE the instant water recycling system for your kitchen
AIRIUM not your typical houseplant. The filter free-photosynthetic-air purifier.
SUNOLOGY a paper thin light source
EATELL the only tool you need for healthy eating

Group presentationsTransforming today’s technology into home products, the students incorporated all aspects of conceptual design, supply chain, merchandising, and integrated marketing strategies. Supported by industry, alumni, and family they demonstrated their readiness to venture out of the confines of FIT. Especially proud of this group as they are my first graduating class as a faculty member.

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IFDA Career Night

IFDA Career Night    As students get ready to venture out on their own careers, the HP Club recently hosted the International Design & Furnishings Association Career Night at FIT.

The IFDA put together an expert panel that discussed career choices and must have skills sets from different areas of the industry. Where to find posted positions, what to put on your resume, how to get an interview, what to bring on the interview, and how prospective employers interpret resumes and applications gave the students real world perspectives. We were please to host the IFDA, Susan Hirsh as Moderator and The Panel:

Iliada Bass, Marketing Director Cliff Young, Ltd.
Laura Bohn, Principal Designer, Laura Bohn Design Associates
Susan Arann, Interior Designer + Space Planner, American & International Designs, Inc.
Tim Button, Interior Designer, Stedila Design Inc.
Scott Bromley, Interior Designer, Partner Bromley Caldari Architects
Paul Newman, Corporate HR Recruiter, Benjamin Moore

IFDA Career Night_Speakers

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Some Things Never Change

Twenty one Home Products juniors had their first experience at the Chicago Home and Housewares show this March, everything new and exciting! For others it was just another walk in the park as 9 seniors accompanied them for networking reasons and Professor Brogna and Johnson as chaperons. Yet something that was new for everyone was the dinner choices. The last night spent in Chicago all 21 juniors and 6 of the seniors sat down at Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food Restaurant with both Professor Brogna and Professor Johnson. While everyone was utterly exhausted from enjoying the show, everyone was thrilled with the Mexican cuisine, exotic drinks (for those of age) and the presentation that accompanied each table in preparing fresh guacamole, mmm-mmm! As conversations were taking place, what was meant to be a picture of the delicious guacamole being prepared, turned into a Kodak moment of professor Johnson and Brogna engaging in a great laugh. The funny thing is Junior Natalie Macari received a picture quite similar from the Chicago trip four years earlier of both professors from her older sister (an alumni) also engaging in a laugh. Goes to show some things never change and we’re glad they haven’t!

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HP Travels to Chicago | Part Two

This year was the HP Juniors’ first trip to the International Home + Housewares Show. For our Manufacturing and Marketing of Hard Goods course, Professor Brogna assigned each of us a different category of housewares to cover  while attending the show. Our finished project will include a paper and an eight minute presentation educating our classmates on our assigned topic. Therefore, we had to make sure we got good information to bring back to the classroom.

In order to do so we each set up individual appointments for ourselves with manufacturers present at the show. We went into each appointment with notepads full of questions — there is no better way to learn about a topic than to go straight to the source, even if that means flying all the way to Chicago to do so.

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Above is the main hall at the IHHS and pretty plates you’d never guess were actually made of melamine!

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ODI  – perhaps the King of the Moscow Mule? Continue reading

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HP Travels to Chicago | Part One

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Saturday, March 7th started with an early flight out of Laguardia for 30 HP-ers, along with Professor David Brogna & Professor Ingrid Johnson. We flew into Chicago’s O’Hare airport and hit the ground running. After dropping our luggage off at our hotel, we set out to explore the beautiful city of Chicago. The weather could not have been any more perfect for this time of year! 

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We walked the Magnificent Mile, stopping in a few retail stores to check out their Home Furnishing departments, of course. Chicago is home to Crate & Barrel’s flagship store, so we had to check that one off our list. All the while, this day was meant for bonding — even though our group is already extremely close. It was fun to experience this new city together.

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One special stop was the Bloomingdale’s purely filled with all things home. The building was full of character and charm complete with stunning stained glass windows in the bathrooms! It was pretty breathtaking against the shiny city skyline and bright blue skies. Continue reading

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Seventeenth-Century, Small Space Design

This week the America at Home students toured the American Wing Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in preparation of researching 20th century interiors and decoration.

Absolutely one of my favorite class trips. Each time, this week concludes my 8th, I discover something new. My all time favorite is a piece of furniture in gallery 709, the Hart Room – Chair-Table.

This piece is the quintessential of small space living in the seventeenth century. Crafted of red oak, yellow cedar, and white pine with a tabletop diameter of 43″ and a drawer under the seat area for storage, it is the perfect piece for today’s NYC studio living – all it needs is a brightly colored cushion for comfort and color.

Chair-Table: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Wing Gallery 709
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Maison & Objet Paris

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Maison & Objet celebrated its 20th anniversary this January and several Home Product Development seniors had the opportunity to travel to Paris to take part in the show. While abroad they spent 5 days in London and 5 days in Paris in search of inspiration for their Senior Capstone Projects. They visited various museums, galleries, and explored the European market place in shops and iconic department stores.

Maison & Objet is a dominate lifestyle show for home industry professionals.
Check at the Maison & Objet 2015 Gallery for more images.

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NY Now 2015

One of the many great benefits of the Home Products Development program is being able to travel to and attend tradeshows. Each spring the Junior class flies to High Point, North Carolina for the furniture market and in a few weeks we will be visiting Chicago for the Housewares Show. Being lucky enough to live in NYC, we have the opportunity to walk all of the fabulous shows at the Javits Center. The most recent we attended was the NY Now show. Each student identified a color trend and a trend trend to present to the class while observing what the companies had to offer for future seasons.

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It would be impossible to highlight all of the greatest moments from the show, so I decided to collaborate with a few of my fellow classmates and share some of their favorite displays and booths from the show.

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The Warmth of Flannel

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With temperatures in the teens, the warmth of flannel brings cozy thoughts, whether it is that favorite old flannel shirt or in my case flannel bedding. If layered properly, it creates the perfect balance for a winter’s sleep. Layer with a percale or sateen fitted sheet, a flannel duvet cover, and a pillow in each.

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My all time favorite, a velvet flannel from the Portugal manufacturer Lameirinho. The construction uses a finer yarn for a denser weave than most flannels, and goes through a shearing process after being napped to remove loose surface fibers. The results is a smooth supple hand that washes and wears beautifully as it has a low resistance to pilling. My go to retailer for flannels: The Company Store.

photos courtesy of The Company Store
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