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L’arco Baleno features 2015 whatnot Collection by SAIC Student Designers

May 1, 2015
Image: Hot Mess, Tanner Bowman, unique vessels handmade using a thermoplastic extrusion process. Part of the 2015 whatnot collection. Photo by Jonathan Allen.

L’arco Baleno features the series of designed objects generated by SAIC’s Industry Projects Studio, a year-long course led by faculty members Helen Maria Nugent and Jim TerMeer. The course tasks students with conceiving, designing, and branding a product for possible inclusion in the school's shoppable whatnot collection, several iterations of which have been presented annually during Milan Design Week. The 2015 collection, featuring the work of 12 student designers, debuted just two weeks ago at the esteemed gallery Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan. “This 360-degree, real-world approach to learning—offering students a practical sense of what's entailed in bringing a design to market, from a concept to a finished, packaged item on a shop shelf—is invaluable, and provides the students impressive international exposure,” stated L’arco Baleno.