Fostering discussion on the value of preserving original design, Be Original Americas hosted an immersive seven-week fellowship that offered two students the opportunity to visit an international selection of design showrooms, factories, and headquarters, in order to learn about the process of creating original design from start to finish.
The 2017 fellows are Irene Lee, a student of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University, and Tom Groom, a double major in industrial and graphic design and art minor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The nonprofit organization, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary, transported the two fellows across the country and overseas to visit a diverse selection of esteemed Be Original Americas member companies, including FLOS, Emeco, Vitra, Herman Miller, and Bernhardt Design, among many others.
Additional visits included the studios of Lissoni, Studio Dror, and Suzanne Tick, where the fellows spoke directly to the designers about how original ideas become reality. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for education on the significance of original design