close

Faculty and Staff Email Login:

If your email account has not been moved to Google by I.T., then login here using Outlook Web Access:
webmail.cornish.edu/

If your email account has moved to Google by the I.T. Department, then login here:
mail.google.com

Design


Grads at Callison Design for Show

Grads at Callison Design for Show

: Product Runway, models Andrea Smith (left) and Bridgette Hyde. Courtesy Callison. Photo by Brad Barbee.

Grads at Callison Design for Show

: Product Runway, models Bridgette Hyde (center left) and Andrea Smith (center right) with Callison designers Joslyn Balzarini (left) and Jeany Kim . Courtesy Callison. Photo by Brad Barbee.

Grads at Callison Design for Show

: Product Runway, models Andrea Smith (left) and Bridgette Hyde. Courtesy Callison. Photo by Brad Barbee.

Grads at Callison Design for Show

: Product Runway design team. Courtesy Callison. Photo by Jeany Kim.

Prev · Next

With Product Runway, design firms compete to create haute couture from building materials; Cornish grads on Callison team.

Among the things that make Cornish a unique place to learn and work is the willingness and ability of our students to collaborate on projects. This trend does not by any means end at graduation. All over the country you can find groups of alumni working together, generating incredible work. A recent example of alumni collaboration got its moment in the sun when the team from Callison rocked the runway and the competing design firms at Showbox SoDo in Seattle as a part of Product Runway.

This competition, a fundraiser for the Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW), challenged interior designers and architects to “flaunt their creativity and technical skills by producing couture fashion constructed out of interior finish materials.” This year Callison was paired with Tri-Kes, a wall covering vendor, who supplied Mylar-finish wall covering for the outfits and made jewelry from the rivets of sample books that are being phase out. As its website notes, “Callison is an international architecture firm based in Seattle, Washington. Callison was founded by Tony Callison in 1975 and now has 800 employees around the world.”

Callison Team leader and Cornish grad Jeany Kim (DE ’05) expressed her feeling about this year’s team, “As a three-year veteran of Product Runway, it was great to have a whole new team of fresh ideas and faces.  Also, for the first time, there were three other Cornish alumni on the team, which was very exciting.  With over six months (almost 500 hours) of design, refinement, and production, our team took on the charge of sending two fully finished garments down the runway.  Doing two garments was definitely a challenge, but together they captured our concept of duality.” In addition to Jeany, the 2013 Callison team consisted of Joslyn Balzarini (DE ‘00), Ben Fuglevand (DE ‘12), Candon Murphy (DE ‘14) and 11 others.

Product Runway allowed alumni to roll up their sleeves and get down to work with their peers, but this year they were also able to bridge the student-alumni divide and incorporate the next generation of design talent. Candon, who is slated to graduate from the Design Department in the Spring of 2014, spoke to her experience saying “as a student it was an amazing opportunity to network within the industry and develop mentorship opportunities with designers.”

Not only does the fun, action-packed adventure of Product Runway bring value to those directly involved with the creative teams, but, as Joslyn makes clear, “Product Runway is a great way to promote interior design to the greater community and support interior design legislation in Washington State.  This is a major undertaking and showcases our various design skills, all the while elevating the interior design profession and raising money for the IDCW” 

While this year’s Product Runway has already come and gone, IDCW will surely continue to build on this events success with future iterations. So, if you’re interested in attending next season’s Product Runway, check their website next spring for further information and a chance to see talented designers collaborate and flex their creative couture muscles.


Recently

View Archive
Design