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Graduate‚??s Designer Textile Product Line Wins Award

Posted February 21, 2011 in Alumni

The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) has honored k studio of Grand Rapids, MI with its Winter 2011 Accent on Design ‚??Best Product Collection‚?Ě award.

‚??Being recognized for the entire collection truly means a lot, since I designed this line as a complete collection,‚?Ě explained Shelly Klein (Fine Arts, ‚??94), designer and founder of k studio.

Accent on Design is one of nine NYIGF sections. The dynamic juried collection of 200 exhibitors features a full spectrum of emerging and established contemporary design talent, including Alessi, Chilewich, and Jonathan Adler. Judging criteria included innovation, function, originality and design. The Accent on Design selection committee for winter 2011 includes: Miguel Calvo of Design & Research, Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions, Kathy Thornton-Bias of The Museum of Modern Art, Wilma Wabnitz of Wabnitz Editions; and Noel Wiggins of Areaware.

This is the sixth year k studio has exhibited at the NYIGF, and its first year exhibiting in Accent on Design. Previous industry awards for k studio include Best Visual Presentation, Accent on Design at the 2006 San Francisco International Gift Fair. k studio pillows, handbags, pouches, stretched canvas wall art, and other products are carried in more than 100 stores worldwide from Amsterdam to Sydney and New York to San Francisco, and several national U.S. retailers including Garnet Hill, Design Public, and 2Modern.

Shelly was recently the subject of a G-Sync article published in Rapid Growth.