Design School Comes Home

The Savannah College of Art and Design is no ordinary ivy tower institution. The roots of its Working Class Studio are entrenched in the real world, and the lucky students, alumni and faculty who get to participate gain a real understanding of what it takes to bring their designs to life, from concept and development through to production. And for us? We get to enjoy the fruits of these talented artists, like Nicole Runde and Tucker Waugh. Nicole’s modern planter sets (which double as bookends or office organizers) are made entirely from cork, which is naturally watertight and resistant to mold and mildew. Tucker’s minimalist acrylic table lamps create a great play on positive and negative space. We’re also featuring photo frames from two different design teams. Ashley Olson and Cindy Barlow teamed to create Puffy Frames, which add a soft, colorful dimension to traditional framing profiles. A top-mounted grosgrain ribbon makes it easy to hang Puffy Frames. For metal surfaces, Framework magnetic frames add instant personality to your refrigerator door, file cabinet or school locker. The designers -- Laura Davis, Sara Bumgardner, Sean Hackett, Ashley Olson and Alex Westray -- were inspired by antique frame contours and traditional textile patterns. We’ve scouted SCAD in the past for Grommets, and last year we featured Charles Heydinger’s clever stretchy clock. We’ve also had great luck recruiting SCAD students and alumni. Danielle (our intern), Claire (our recent intern) and Julia (product launch manager) all attended SCAD. We can’t wait to see who/what the Working Class Studio brings us next!

Working Class Studio

Savannah College of Art and Design

Design School Comes Home

The Savannah College of Art and Design is no ordinary ivy tower institution. The roots of its Working Class Studio are entrenched in the real world, and the lucky students, alumni and faculty who get to participate gain a real understanding of what it takes to bring their designs to life, from concept and development through to production. And for us? We get to enjoy the fruits of these talented artists, like Nicole Runde and Tucker Waugh. Nicole’s modern planter sets (which double as bookends or office organizers) are made entirely from cork, which is naturally watertight and resistant to mold and mildew. Tucker’s minimalist acrylic table lamps create a great play on positive and negative space. We’re also featuring photo frames from two different design teams. Ashley Olson and Cindy Barlow teamed to create Puffy Frames, which add a soft, colorful dimension to traditional framing profiles. A top-mounted grosgrain ribbon makes it easy to hang Puffy Frames. For metal surfaces, Framework magnetic frames add instant personality to your refrigerator door, file cabinet or school locker. The designers -- Laura Davis, Sara Bumgardner, Sean Hackett, Ashley Olson and Alex Westray -- were inspired by antique frame contours and traditional textile patterns. We’ve scouted SCAD in the past for Grommets, and last year we featured Charles Heydinger’s clever stretchy clock. We’ve also had great luck recruiting SCAD students and alumni. Danielle (our intern), Claire (our recent intern) and Julia (product launch manager) all attended SCAD. We can’t wait to see who/what the Working Class Studio brings us next!

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan

    Hi, I'm Jonathan, the Director of Merchandising at Working Class Studio and the Savannah College of Art and Design. We're absolutely delighted to be back at Daily Grommet showcasing more student-designed products from our studio.

    For those of you who don't know us, Working Class Studio is an innovative concept for an educational institution. We marry function with fine art to deliver a well-curated, ever-expanding mix of original stationery, textile and home décor lines sold in retail stores across the United States and internationally.

    The products featured here today are an appropriate (and great-looking, if I do say so myself) execution of our mission to cultivate and promote the work of talented, emerging artists. We are very proud of these students' accomplishments.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about our products or our program.




    *From the Grommet Team: Although we are very excited about Working Class Studio and eager to chat with Jonathan about WCS's unique designs, it seems our message boards do not want to cooperate. If you've tried to comment you know that your comment did not post. We are aware of the problem and doing our best to remedy the issue as soon as possible.

    Thank you for hanging in there with us and check back soon!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/1/2011 3:54 PM

    Today's feature is extra special, as several of our Grommet team members have a personal fondness for SCAD (like Julia and Danielle, our SCAD-grads). We are happy to be featuring these unique designs today!

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    4/1/2011 6:41 PM

    I'm so excited to see the Nicole Collection planters featured here! I designed and developed the concept during my internship with Working Class Studio. I fabricated the initial prototypes using a milling machine to shape large blocks of composite cork.

    Collaborating with students & staff at W.C.S. was one of the most valuable parts of my education, so I'm happy to answer any questions about my planters or my experience at SCAD!

    Thanks, Daily Grommet, for showcasing our work!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/1/2011 6:52 PM

    @Nicole Runde: It's our pleasure Nicole! The journey bringing these products from a concept to market is so interesting. Thank you for sharing a peek at the process with us!

    I personally love the idea of using them as bookends!

  • Rita D Rosson
    Rita D Rosson
    4/4/2011 9:49 PM

    Good job. I especially liked the vintage chair and pillow showcased in one of your background photos.

  • Maleta
    Maleta
    4/5/2011 11:11 AM

    I love SCAD! I purchased the Framework magnetic frames a couple of years ago and gave them as gifts to friends and family. Everyone loved them. The are classy and unique.

  • Danielle
    Danielle
    4/6/2011 1:40 PM

    Nicole... I was so excited when I found out we were featuring your work! Glad I got to be part of sharing your work with the world, it deserves the attention and so do you!

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    4/7/2011 3:39 PM

    @Danielle:

    Thanks Danielle!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Working Class Studio

Savannah College of Art and Design

Design School Comes Home

The Savannah College of Art and Design is no ordinary ivy tower institution. The roots of its Working Class Studio are entrenched in the real world, and the lucky students, alumni and faculty who get to participate gain a real understanding of what it takes to bring their designs to life, from concept and development through to production.

And for us? We get to enjoy the fruits of these talented artists, like Nicole Runde and Tucker Waugh. Nicole’s modern planter sets (which double as bookends or office organizers)
are made entirely from cork, which is naturally watertight and resistant to mold and mildew. Tucker’s minimalist acrylic table lamps create a great play on positive and negative space.

We’re also featuring photo frames from two different design teams. Ashley Olson and Cindy Barlow teamed to create Puffy Frames, which add a soft, colorful dimension to traditional framing profiles. A top-mounted grosgrain ribbon makes it easy to hang Puffy Frames.

For metal surfaces, Framework magnetic frames add instant personality to your refrigerator door, file cabinet or school locker. The designers -- Laura Davis, Sara Bumgardner, Sean Hackett, Ashley Olson and Alex Westray -- were inspired by antique frame contours and traditional textile patterns.

We’ve scouted SCAD in the past for Grommets, and last year we featured Charles Heydinger’s clever stretchy clock. We’ve also had great luck recruiting SCAD students and alumni. Danielle (our intern), Claire (our recent intern) and Julia (product launch manager) all attended SCAD. We can’t wait to see who/what the Working Class Studio brings us next!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan

    Hi, I'm Jonathan, the Director of Merchandising at Working Class Studio and the Savannah College of Art and Design. We're absolutely delighted to be back at Daily Grommet showcasing more student-designed products from our studio.

    For those of you who don't know us, Working Class Studio is an innovative concept for an educational institution. We marry function with fine art to deliver a well-curated, ever-expanding mix of original stationery, textile and home décor lines sold in retail stores across the United States and internationally.

    The products featured here today are an appropriate (and great-looking, if I do say so myself) execution of our mission to cultivate and promote the work of talented, emerging artists. We are very proud of these students' accomplishments.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about our products or our program.




    *From the Grommet Team: Although we are very excited about Working Class Studio and eager to chat with Jonathan about WCS's unique designs, it seems our message boards do not want to cooperate. If you've tried to comment you know that your comment did not post. We are aware of the problem and doing our best to remedy the issue as soon as possible.

    Thank you for hanging in there with us and check back soon!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/1/2011 3:54 PM

    Today's feature is extra special, as several of our Grommet team members have a personal fondness for SCAD (like Julia and Danielle, our SCAD-grads). We are happy to be featuring these unique designs today!

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    4/1/2011 6:41 PM

    I'm so excited to see the Nicole Collection planters featured here! I designed and developed the concept during my internship with Working Class Studio. I fabricated the initial prototypes using a milling machine to shape large blocks of composite cork.

    Collaborating with students & staff at W.C.S. was one of the most valuable parts of my education, so I'm happy to answer any questions about my planters or my experience at SCAD!

    Thanks, Daily Grommet, for showcasing our work!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/1/2011 6:52 PM

    @Nicole Runde: It's our pleasure Nicole! The journey bringing these products from a concept to market is so interesting. Thank you for sharing a peek at the process with us!

    I personally love the idea of using them as bookends!

  • Rita D Rosson
    Rita D Rosson
    4/4/2011 9:49 PM

    Good job. I especially liked the vintage chair and pillow showcased in one of your background photos.

  • Maleta
    Maleta
    4/5/2011 11:11 AM

    I love SCAD! I purchased the Framework magnetic frames a couple of years ago and gave them as gifts to friends and family. Everyone loved them. The are classy and unique.

  • Danielle
    Danielle
    4/6/2011 1:40 PM

    Nicole... I was so excited when I found out we were featuring your work! Glad I got to be part of sharing your work with the world, it deserves the attention and so do you!

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    4/7/2011 3:39 PM

    @Danielle:

    Thanks Danielle!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.