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From the Hearth to HGTV

In the creative industries, inspiration is found everywhere and as the saying goes – history repeats itself. This could not be truer than in the design and development process. We are continually looking at the past and present to create the future. Mr. Gunn summed it up perfectly during a speaking engagement at FIT by saying “know the history of your discipline.” I am reminded of this with the start of each semester when I introduce one of my favorite courses HP231 America at Home.

Meeting the G6 Gen Ed Arts requirement, HP231 is a blend of history, architecture, interior design, and the design process of home products. It provides students with the opportunity to explore how the home developed throughout the 20th century; looking at its influences and trends. With the DIY movement and popularity of HGTV, the home industry is reaching a much broader and younger crowd. Knowing and understanding the history of home design not only fulfills a requirement, but allows you experience everyday objects in a new way.

Object and project based, the course incorporates the library, writing studio, and field trips to engage students in the history of the home. The curriculum is designed to build upon basic skills in research, presentation, and the development process that are a basis for many of FIT courses. And last but not least – The Chair Project. Find your inspiration, create your design and develop a model chair.

See you this fall semester – HP231 America at Home.

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The Class of 2017

The Future of Home
from concept to execution,
innovation in technology and materials,
intrinsic “eco” strategies,
integrated product marketing.

Home Products Development Class of 2017
invites you to share in the experience.

RSVP: [email protected]


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Carole Sloan Scholar

Nicole Alper, a student majoring in Home Products Development at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), has been named the 2016 Carole Sloan Scholar by the college. Nicole received $2,500 for achieving the highest GPA in the Home Products Development program. Stephen Pond, founder of Home Textiles Today and Furniture Today, created the endowment in honor of Carole Sloan who was a longtime editor and writer with the publications. The Home Products department is grateful for the gift which honors a student each year in pursuing their education and passion for the home.

“As a transplant from South Florida, attending school in New York was always my dream. Thanks to the Home Products Development program, I have been exposed to experiences and knowledge I didn’t know existed. Through trips to the High Point Furniture Market, the International Housewares Show, and an upcoming trip to Maison & Objet in Paris, I have been challenged and participated like an industry professional. I have interned with multiple companies and found my skill set applicable in every situation. I am honored to be the Carole Sloan scholarship recipient this year, and hope to contribute to her amazing legacy in years to come.”     Thank you!  Nicole

Congratulations Nicole!
The Home Products Development Department

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