Product Runway 2011

What do you get when you combine architecture, interior design, fashion and vendor product samples? Product Runway. I had never been to this event, so earlier this month when a friend asked if I wanted to join her, I jumped at the chance. I had seen the garment that my co-workers had produced while at Morris Architects, and if their skills were any indication of the quality and creativity of designs, I wasn’t going to miss it this time around.

Product Runway is a charity event inspired by the TV show, Project Runway. The basic premise of Product Runway is that teams of interior designers are given a specific theme/challenge around which they must design a couture runway garment. This year’s theme was music – anything from country, to R&B, to pop to classic rock. The stipulation is that the garment must be made out of materials that are common to interior design projects; so things like carpet, tile, vinyl, and upholstery are common items that are strutted down the runway. The use of at least one hard material and one soft material is required, making it an even bigger challenge. The best part is that the tickets for the event help support a local charity, The Houston Furniture Bank. All of the models are volunteers from the various participating groups and design firms (Interiors and Architecture, even a few colleges). The images above are a few of my favorites from the show. You can see more photos of the event at the official Houston website. (Many cities participate in this event, so get involved next time around!)

I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and I’d recommend checking to see if your city hosts an annual product runway event.


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