Background Image Alternative Text: rendering of office - 4 blue waterfall chairs against walls, 1 woman sits in a chair; 1 man in standing at far right
Background Image Alternative Text: rendering of office - 4 blue waterfall chairs against walls, 1 woman sits in a chair; 1 man in standing at far right

Mississippi State interior design student Cary Reynolds awarded national furniture design scholarship

He received the Philadelphia Scholarship for Furniture Design for $2,500.

Cary Reynolds's Waterfall Chair presentation page 1 (Text at top left: Waterfall Chair The Waterfall Chair draws inspiration from the movement of free flowing water over tall ledges to clear lagoons. With tight curves and sudden drops, this chair deserves its namesake. Made of molded plastic or steam bent wood, a wide range of finishes are available.) Two chair sketches at top right with color swatch options; text at bottom right: Notes Complete frame to be molded steam bent exposed wood or molded plastic depending on customer choice; dimenions: Dimensions W: 28” D: 27.5” H: 44” SH: 18” SW: 16” SD: 16” AH: 26” four chair renderings at bottom showing front, back, side, and top; four inspirational images of waterfalls
Work by Cary Reynolds

A Mississippi State University senior interior design major recently received a national furniture design scholarship.

Cary B. Reynolds of Amory has received the Philadelphia Scholarship for Furniture Design for $2,500.

Cary Reynolds poses in front of water holding drink
Cary Reynolds

The project he submitted for the scholarship, "Waterfall Chair," was completed in instructor Anna Chaney's class.

Reynolds said he drew inspiration from mid-century modern designs of the 1950s.

"Designers like Eero Saarinen created furniture that truly defined the time period," he said. "Like many others, I look to his work for inspiration. I wanted my chair to incorporate the slopes, waves and dips found throughout patterns typically found in the '50s. Those patterns – paired with the similar shapes and movement in the image of the waterfall – completed my inspiration and led to my final design concept."

The scholarship is supported by the International Furniture Design Association (IFDA) Carolinas Chapter. It is open to currently enrolled post-secondary students whose emphasis is on residential furniture design.

After graduation, Reynolds plans to work as a commercial interior designer and is interested in learning more about the product design field.

"I found this aspect of design very exciting throughout the furniture design course and while developing my chair concept," Reynolds said. "I plan to put all scholarship funds towards the remainder of my education as I finish out my senior year at Mississippi State University."