Formica Corporation Recognizes New Design Talent and Announces Winners of FORM 2021 Student Innovation Competition
A record total of 244 entries from over 35 universities across the United States and Canada were submitted under the theme “Design for the Next Generation,” which invited students to interpret their vision of design for a variety of post-pandemic business contexts using products from Formica Corporation’s 2021 Specialty Collection. The winning students will receive cash prizes and the grand prize winner will see their design come to life and be exhibited at NeoCon 2021.
The winning designs were chosen by a jury of influential industry professionals:
- Alda Ly, founder and director, Alda Ly Architecture & Design
- Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA
- Cindy allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design Media
- Renee Hytry Derrington, Senior Director of Design at Formica Corporation
- Sarah kuchar, owner and creative director of Kuchar Studio
- Vern Yip, award-winning designer, television host and author
“This competition exemplified the vitality of ‘the voice’ of the next generation of designer – students,” said Durst. “Their understanding of craftsmanship, form, function, branding and user-centered design demonstrates the discipline and mastery of design.”
grand prize: Martin Gonzalez Godoy and Bénédicte Laurent from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are the winners of the grand prize for their joint participation “Toboom”, a versatile creation for children. In the future, parents who telecommute will need versatile and independent child spaces. This design encompasses an area where children can work, play, relax and have storage, and is designed with fluidity and dynamic curves; the absence of corners makes it safe for children and improves cleanliness. The duality of the piece can be seen in its integrated seat and writable surface for fluid creativity. It also features a slide to expel energy and encourage play time. Gonzalez Godoy and Laurent are second year students at the University of Montreal and their winning design will be created and presented at NeoCon, October 4-6, 2021, at the Mart of Chicago.
Second prize: Maria rodriguez of Fort Worth, Texas, received the second prize for its “Portal Desk” design, which rethinks the design of modern workspaces. Rodriguez recognized that today’s employees are more on video calls than ever before and designed a complete workspace strategically placed for these calls with sufficient lighting and a writable surface for notes. The space is semi-enclosed to ensure a safe social distance between colleagues. Rodriguez is a student at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Third Prize: Ryan todys, of Milford, Ohio, received the third prize for his design of bench “You, me and a tree”. Created from the inspiration of two words – ‘collaboration’ and ‘biophilic’ – this design connects people to nature and is meant to welcome everyone with a space for exchange for a living tree, allowing for greater social distance. between clients. Todys is a student at the University of Cincinnati.
Honorable mentions: Simon Boudreau and Marc-Olivier Desjardins of the University of Montreal for the design of their office “BIT” and Eva lloyd of North Carolina State University for his “LiveCycle” table design.
For more information on the winning student creations, please visit www.formica.com/studentcompetition.
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