Calling future designers! Formica Corporation’s 2022 FORM Student Innovation Competition is open for entries.

Architecture and design students are invited to submit a furniture design to celebrate the competition’s 5th anniversary.

The 2022 FORM Student Innovation Competition opens for entries Sept. 7, 2021 through March 4, 2022. Students are invited to showcase their creativity by designing a furniture piece themed for the competition’s 5th anniversary, using the traditional gift of wood. This can be a piece for any residential or commercial setting. These designs must incorporate three different Formica® Laminate products, including at least one woodgrain. 

To enter, please download this helpful entry packet and submit all entry materials to [email protected] via email. You can also order free product samples above.

A distinguished panel of industry and design professionals will judge the student submissions: 
Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design Media
Renee Hytry Derrington, managing principal of design at Formica Corporation
Sarah Kuchar, owner and creative director of Kuchar Studio
Dan Mazzarini, principal, BHDM
Felice Silverman, principal, Silverman Trykowski Associates


The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash award and the fabricated design will be displayed at NeoCon 2022 in Chicago. The second-place winner will receive $1,000 in a cash prize and third place will receive $500 with both design renderings shown during NeoCon 2022. The top three winners will all be invited by Formica Corporation to attend NeoCon for a chance to network with industry professionals and get a taste of the design community.

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 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition, who designed pieces within the theme of Designing for the Next Generation:

FORM 2021 1st place winners Benedicte Laurent and Martin Gonzalez Godoy

Grand Prize: Martin Gonzalez Godoy and Bénédicte Laurent | University of Montréal | “Toboom”

In the future, teleworking parents will need places for children that are versatile and allow for independence. This design encompasses an area for children to work, play, relax and have storage, and is designed with fluidity and dynamic curves; the absence of corners makes it safe for children and enhances cleanliness. The piece’s duality can be seen in its integrated seat and writable surface for flowing creativity. It also features a slide for expelling energy and encouraging playtime. The winning design will be created and showcased at NeoCon, Oct. 4-6, 2021, at the Mart in Chicago. 

Read more about the winners here.

2021 FORM 2nd place Maria Rodriguez

Second Place: Maria Rodriguez | University of Texas at Arlington | “Portal”

Rodriguez recognized that today’s employees are on video calls more than ever and designed an all-encompassing workspace set up strategically for these calls with ample lighting and writable surfacing for notes. The space is semi-enclosed to ensure safe social distancing between colleagues. 

FORM 2021 3rd place Ryan Todys

Third Place: Ryan Todys | University of Cincinnati | “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 all with an interchanging space for a live tree, allowing for more social distancing between patrons. 

Below is a gallery of the winning entries from previous years of the FORM Student Innovation Competition.

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