FORM Student Innovation Competition by Formica Group

The Entry Period for the 2020 FORM Student Innovation Competition is now closed.

Architecture and design students were invited to submit a furniture design embracing the intersection of nature and technology for the chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their work at NeoCon 2020 in Chicago. Due to COVID-19, NeoCon 2020 has been canceled. Formica Corporation is exploring alternative options for recognizing and displaying the winners.

*Competition is Closed to New Entries*

The 2020 FORM Student Innovation Competition was open for entries through the extended deadline of March 20, 2020. Architecture and interior design students are invited to showcase their creativity by designing furniture pieces that correspond to the theme, Blurred Lines: The Intersection of Nature and Technology. These designs must incorporate three different Formica® Laminate products, including at least one from the SurfaceSet® 2020 collection. These designs should be suitable for either a residential or commercial setting.

To enter, please read the official competition rules and submit all entry materials to [email protected] via email.

Submissions will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry and design professionals:
• Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA
• Leanne Ford, interior designer and star of “Restored by the Fords” on HGTV
• Tristan Butterfield, regional brand & retail lead at Gensler Chicago
• Vern Yip, interior designer and television personality
• Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead at Formica Group 

The grand prize winner will receive a US $2,000 cash award and his or her fabricated design will be displayed at Formica’s booth at NeoCon 2020 in Chicago from June 8-10, 2020. The second place winner will receive US $1,000 in a cash prize and third place will receive US $500. The top three winners will all be invited to attend NeoCon as a guest of Formica, and will be able to network with industry professionals and get a taste of the design community. Due to COVID-19, NeoCon 2020 has been canceled. Formica Corporation is exploring alternative options for recognizing and displaying the winners.

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. 

Here are the winners of the 2019 FORM Student Innovation Competition:

Grand Prize: Alyssa Holcomb, of Edmond, Okla., USA | 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, of Sinking Spring, Pa., USA | 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 colours, similar to what might be seen through a classic children’s kaleidoscope toy.

Third Place: Mallory Bouchard, of Provo, Utah, USA | 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, of Repentigny, Quebec, Canada

Natalie Gneiting of Layton, Utah, USA

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