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Design Takes Center Stage at WaterCooler

Friday-Saturday, April 19-20


For most of us, a chair is just a place to park your duff. But not to furniture designers. To their trained eyes, a simple chair can incorporate style and function into creations that aren't just primo places to sit, but fun, engaging furniture to brighten their environments.

For the aesthetic-minded among us, the Interior Designers of Idaho's 21st annual Chair Affair Gala is equal parts competition and lecture series. The two-day Chair Affair takes place Friday, April 19-Saturday, April 20, at the WaterCooler in Boise.

Friday kicks off with lectures by Idaho Modern's Amy Pence-Brown on the history of design and the impact of mid-century themes, while Los Angeles-based designer Jordan Cappella tackles the topic of modern trends. Both speakers join Boise architect and designer Dwaine Carver to talk about themes that may develop in the future. Attendees also get lunch from Saint Lawrence Gridiron with the $20 price of admission.

Saturday marks the gala, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A furniture design competition includes contributions from numerous local designers, which in previous years have included funky repurposed tables, lamps and, of course, chairs. With professional and student divisions, the competition aims to raise money for design scholarships in Idaho. Nearby, a silent auction of original lamps, as well as the ReUse: Cup Challenge, promise to keep gala-goers busy.

Should weekend plans preclude you from catching the whole event, ReUse entries will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon.