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Winners announced in Formica Corporation’s 2019 FORM Student Innovation Competition.

Architecture and design students submitted “resimercial” furniture design for the chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their work at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.

Formica Corporation is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 FORM Student Innovation Competition. Architecture and interior design students across the U.S. and Canada showcased their creativity by designing furniture pieces for resimercial spaces that embraced the blurring lines between commercial and residential design and also incorporated Formica® Laminate products. 

Grand Prize: Alyssa Holcomb, University of Central Oklahoma | “Shrug Chair” 
Alyssa’s Shrug Chair design is inspired by midcentury bent plywood furniture and features a comfortable look that invites people to “shrug off” their cares.

Second Place: Rachel Marie Thompson, Kean University | “ke-li-de-skop”

Returning to the roster of FORM winners for the second year in a row, Rachel’s design features a striking design and inviting colors, similar to what might be seen through a classic children’s kaleidoscope toy. 

Third Place: Mallory Bouchard, Weber State University | “Hex Link Chair”
Mallory's design was inspired by biophilic designs and takes on one of nature’s favorite shapes to create a functional work of art.

Honorable Mentions

Marina Ostrow


Natalie Gneiting

Submissions were judged by an esteemed panel of industry and design professionals:

* Leanne Ford, interior designer and star of “Restored by the Fords” on HGTV
* Tristan Butterfield, regional brand & retail lead at Gensler Chicago 
* Jaime Velez, former director of interior design at SOM 
* Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead at Formica Group 
* Steven Matijcio, former curator for the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati 

About the Competition:
The FORM Student Innovation Competition is a modern take on the original “FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play” challenge, held by Formica Corporation in 2008. Ten world-renowned architects, including Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Bernard Tschumi and Massimo Vignelli, constructed new works of art from Formica® Brand products.