Design Your World Launches in St. Louis and Expands in Miami

Design Your World Launches in St. Louis and Expands in Miami

by Adriana Morton

The Design Your World program continues its growth as it wraps up a year of design education in two cities. This year, Design Your World wrapped up their second Summer session in Miami, while at the same time completing their first year of programming in St. Louis, MO.

Design Your World (Miami) launched last summer at Florida International University, partnering with Black Artists In The Making and Fresh Artists to introduce young students to design careers. 

Taught by Kenzie Leon Perry, a creative director at Ze Haus Design Studio, the program focuses on equity, diversity, and empowerment by inviting a diverse group of creative teens (13-18 years old) to experience the commercial design industry. The students join a four-week immersive design education program at Florida International University, exploring color theory, layout, storytelling, textiles, and creating a portfolio. Sales representatives, architects, and interior designers also present about their various roles throughout the industry to highlight possible career paths. 

I can talk about design, furniture, sustainability, and the workplace all day long. But I think my greatest impact on these students was stressing the importance of using your voice and communicating confidently.
- Maria VanDeman, OFS Workplace Advisor

The Design Your World program expanded to St Louis, MO this year, bringing design education to another city’s students! From July 10-21, the St. Louis class participated in a two-week program connecting them to the local design community.  

Design Your World introduces students to the power of design and the possibility of a career in the design industry. Design shapes the world we live in, our environments, from the way we work to the way we shop to how we are transported through our cities. By creating a more diverse and equitable design industry, we can shape a brighter more creative future for our world. OFS is proud to sponsor this program and be a part of creating that future.

About OFS:
OFS is a family-owned contract furniture manufacturer dedicated to crafting experiences and products that contribute to places where people want to be. Founded in 1937, OFS provides furniture and logistics solutions for office, healthcare, education, lifestyle, government, and home office markets worldwide, offering seating products, tables, casegoods, and open-plan products. OFS is based in Huntingburg, Indiana.

About Carolina:
For over 75 years, Carolina has designed and manufactured quality furniture for customers around the globe. Founded in 1947, Carolina has constantly evolved their products and expanded their knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow’s challenges, as well as today’s. Carolina is based in High Point, NC and was acquired by OFS Brands in 2007. Due to the unique connection to OFS, Carolina can also draw from their full offering of products designed for administrative working spaces.

About Imagine a Place Productions
Imagine a Place Productions gathers industry-leading voices that can inspire the design community through storytelling and broaden our creative horizons. The goal of Imagine a Place Productions is to further elevate the belief that the places we make and the ways we design them matter in our lives.

OFS Press Contact: Adriana Morton -