UO product design professor earns international recognitions

EUGENE, Ore. -- (July 21, 2010) - The product designs of University of Oregon associate professor John Arndt have been winning international acclaim through awards, exhibits and publications.

His concept kitchen "Flow 2" recently received a Silver International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Home Living category. Arndt, who teaches in the UO product design program, also has furniture and other designs displayed in a current exhibit in Berlin, Germany, and had one piece at an April exhibit in Milan, Italy.

"I am probably proudest of the exhibition we just opened in Berlin," Arndt said. "We put a lot of work into producing several new designs, which were well received."

Arndt joined the UO in 2008 to help jumpstart the product design program. He and his wife, Wonhee Jeong - who teaches at the UO as an adjunct instructor - had already founded Studio Gorm, a venue for their collaborative works.

The couple met in the Netherlands at the Design Academy Eindhoven and settled in Eugene, where they explore simple, natural systems of design.

Created as part of his Studio Gorm practice, "Flow 2" originated as Arndt's master's thesis project. The self-contained kitchen system follows the natural cycle of food preparation and disposal: earthenware clay bins preserve food, food scraps are composted and drying dishes water plants.

"We think of our design a bit like the local food movement that is going on currently, with good ingredients minimally processed," Arndt said. "By looking at natural systems, there is no waste, so the idea was to integrate these systems into the home and scale them down to something that could be used in a small apartment."

Arndt said he hopes to have a new body of work ready to present in spring 2011 at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.

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Source: John H. Arndt, Assistant Professor, Product Design, 541-346-1724, jarndt@uoregon.edu
Wonhee Jeong, Adjunct Instructor, Product Design, 541-346-3610, wonheea@uoregon.edu