Design Alumnus Making Old Toys New Again

Kaeo Helder, an alumnus from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design (BFA ’12), was recently featured on CBS news for his work as an Industrial Designer with Candylab Toys. For the past 5 years, Candylab Toys, founded by Brooklyn-based architect and designer Vlad Dragusin, has been delivering handcrafted wooden cars inspired by “the glamorous '60s American modernist vibe,” with the goal of delivering experiences that bring children and adults together.

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Behind the Board is an organization which seeks to establish creative opportunities for aspiring teenagers in the Hazelwood community. At Behind the Board, Hazelwood teens will collaborate with mentors and local business owners to hand-paint sandwich boards for these businesses. This program will not only provide a safe environment for teenagers to gain exposure in business environments, but will help build relationships throughout the Hazelwood community as a whole.

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