The RIT Metaproject initiative pairs students with industry partners to develop products and solutions consistent with the Design is One philosophy espoused by the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Student output is showcased in a global venue and in some cases, put into commercial production.


Area ware logo
Corning Museum of Glass logo
Good Luck logo
HermanMiller logo
Kirkland Bed Bath and Beyond logo
modkat logo
Poppin logo
Sesame Workshop logo
Staach logo
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Umbra logo
Wilsonart Logo
Lazzoni logo


Sesame Street 50 years and counting banner
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Sesame Workshop

Industrial design students at RIT found their way to the Sesame Street as they celebrated the culmination of a thrilling collaboration with the widely beloved brand. Students spent the fall 2018 semester working with Sesame Workshop to design modern.

the inside of Good Luck restaurant
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Good Luck Restaurant

In the fall of 2017, Chuck Cerankosky, RIT ID alum and owner of Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester, NY challenged our students to design a pop-up restaurant within a restaurant.

a wall with picture frames that align with the stairs railing
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In the fall of 2016, Umbra - a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of housewares selling more than 2,000 home products through 25,000 retailers in 75 countries - challenged the students of Metaproject to create a design for small spaces.

a wall full of colorful cubes
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In the spring of 2016, a relationship was created between Metaproject and Poppin, the New York based one-stop-shop rethinking every type of office product in new, colorful ways.

Latest News

  • January 23, 2023

    logo for Lazzoni.

    Metaproject 13 heads to New York City Design Week 2023

    Students who took part in Metaproject 13 will have their designs showcased as part of the 2023 New York City Design Week courtesy of their client, Lazzoni. In the fall, students spent the semester working to design seating solutions for the alumnus-owned international furniture company. All of the designs presented will be prototyped by Lazzoni, a first in Metaproject’s history.

  • August 26, 2022

    several students sitting around a rectangular table taking notes on a presentation.

    RIT’s Metaproject 13 will collaborate with alumnus’ furniture company

    Students in RIT’s Metaproject course will design and create seating solutions for international furniture company Lazzoni. Metaproject pairs RIT student designers with a client partner in what has become a seminal experience for the College of Art and Design’s nationally ranked industrial design bachelor’s program.

  • May 11, 2022

    view of New York City at dusk.

    RIT students, faculty, and alumni ready to descend on Manhattan for Design Week

    After a three-year pause because of the pandemic, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the College of Art and Design will descend on Manhattan this week for NYCxDesign—New York City’s annual celebration of design that attracts hundreds of thousands from around the globe—which is marking its 10th year.


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