Students Showcase New Sleep Product Innovations for Design Competition

From cat beds and travel pillows, to innovative new sleeping bags, students from Philadelphia University’s School of Engineering and Textiles are working hard to create the next great sleep product for the retail market.

These new and innovative sleep product inventions are part of a student design competition sponsored by FXI Foamex Innovations, the Philadelphia-based foam innovations company that specializes in manufacturing sleep products such as mattresses and pillows, among many other products.


The semester-long competition for undergraduate and graduate students is meant to enhance their educations, provide hands-on industry experience, help prepare students for future employment and, quite possibly, uncover the next great sleep product innovation.

The competition, which kicked-off in September, involves 41 students who are divided into 12 teams. The 12 teams presented their original product ideas to a panel of judges on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Tuttleman Center Auditorium from 4 to 9 p.m.

Judges were comprised of FXI employees including senior Research & Development Engineers, Product Development Designers and New Business Development Directors. Industry experts and faculty from the School of Engineering and Textiles at Philadelphia University will also participate in the judging panel.

Of the top five finalists, announced after the presentations, a winning team will be announced in early February and will unveil its new product design at the International Sleep Products Association Conference in Charlotte, NC in March 2010.

The top five teams, in no particular order, include:

LayAway – Deluxe Sleep System
Christina Marchesani, fashion industry management major
Jordan Cammarata, industrial design major
Kendra Maclean, textile design major
Kristopher Pepper, industrial design major

“Minou” Sleep System Cat Bed
Amanda McGonagle, M.S. in Textile Design major
Jennifer Sulikowski, M.S. in Textile Design major

Adaptwo – Mattress that grows with your child
Eric Holzer, industrial design major
Geoff Quinter, industrial design major
Lauren Gatto, textile design major
Nicole Meluskey, textile design major

Vesta SB (sofa Bed)
Hyunsoo “Alice” Kim, M.S. in Textile Design major
Anastacia Spada, industrial design major
Prem Jaganathan, textile engineering technology major
William Fritz, textile design major

SleepSack – unique sleeping bag
Alexa Woodruff, textile engineering technology major
Katherine Labate, textile design major
Seton Spadt, industrial design major
Vanesa Goodman, graphic design communication major

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