HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 27, 2013 – A project created by Emma Newell, a senior at High Point University, could soon be found in dorm rooms across the country. The interior design major recently won a class competition with a double armoire design presented to furniture retailer FOB, based in Charlotte.
The design combines two armoires with a desk in the middle. Newell designed the piece for dorm rooms, with both students and parents in mind.
“Every dorm room needs a desk for students to work, but for those who study outside of their rooms, the center of the piece can be used for just about anything from a desk to a television stand,” says Newell.
Her design also allows customers to choose an extra desk insert or added dresser drawers.
FOB chose Newell’s design to put into production after hosting a design contest on the HPU campus. The senior will get a design credit when the piece goes on sale. “It should give me an edge as I look for a job,” says Newell.
HPU alum and current FOB employee, Josh Fox, brought the competition to the university. He contacted home furnishings and interior design department chair, Dr. Jane Nichols, about offering a scholarship to the winning designer.
“These are the types of real-world experiences we can offer interior design students at High Point University. We are truly blessed with wonderful alumni and great support from the business community. It’s a way of leveraging university relationships to gain maximum benefits for our students that’s unique to HPU,” says Nichols.
Newell will graduate this year with a major in interior design and a minor in entrepreneurship. Her plan is to work in design after graduation and eventually start her own company. “My parents have always told me to follow my dream, and to do what I love. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says.