HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 17, 2012 – Chuck Delpapa has created lighting and accent pieces for some of the largest furniture stores across the country – Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Depot and J.C. Penney, to name a few.
Now his sketches, which document the creation process of products that heavily influenced American design and were purchased by millions, will live in the School of Art and Design at High Point University to be used for student research.
Delpapa visited the HPU campus on Oct. 15 to donate his work, which he hopes will offer inspiration to students as well as an avenue to research the history of home furnishings.
“I think the collection brings a niche design group that is great research material and an accurate picture of what was going on in department stores in the 1970s and 1980s,” Delpapa said. “The program here at HPU is unique in that it really focuses on the home furnishings industry and design. It’s a program aimed at products for the home, and that’s why I think my work will be helpful here.”
The work falls in line with other documents related to the High Point Market that Dr. Richard Bennington, the Paul Broyhill professor of home furnishings, has been collecting for the school’s archives to provide students with a visual history. The High Point Market, which is held in High Point twice a year, is where major design shifts and new trends first emerge. For many years, interior design and home furnishings majors have landed experiential learning opportunities with successful companies and individuals at market.
“We are grateful to designers such as Mr. Delpapa who notice the rigor and uniqueness of HPU’s home furnishings and interior design programs and want to contribute to those programs,” said Dr. John Turpin, dean of the School of Art and Design. “This work will broaden our archival collection which, in turn, will broaden the amount of knowledge that our students have access to.”