Calling future designers! Formica Corporation’s 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition is open for entries.

FORM 2020 first place

Architecture and design students are invited to submit a furniture design imagined for the next generation for a chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their work at NeoCon 2021 in Chicago.

The 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition will be open for entries Sept. 14, 2020 through March 12, 2021. Architecture and interior design students are invited to showcase their creativity by designing a furniture piece themed for Design for the Next Generation. This can be a piece for a learning environment, post-pandemic workplace or future-forward commercial setting. These designs must incorporate three different Formica® Laminate products, including at least one from the 2021 Specialty Collection.

Welcome to the 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition

To enter:

1. Read the official competition rules

2. Download the submission form.

3. Submit all entry materials to [email protected] via email.

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

Alda Ly, founder and principal, Alda Ly Architecture & Design
Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA
Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design Media
Renee Hytry Derrington, Formica Managing Principal of Design
Sarah Kuchar, owner and creative director, Kuchar
Vern Yip, award-winning HGTV designer and author 

The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash award and the fabricated design will be displayed at NeoCon 2021 in Chicago from June 14-16, 2021. 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 2021. 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 2020 FORM Student Innovation Competition, who designed pieces within the theme of Blurred Lines: The Intersection of Nature and Technology:   

Grand Prize Winner
Alexandra Clement, “Origami”

FORM 2020 first place

Second Place
Jacob Ethier, “Post-Industrial Bookshelf”

FORM 2020 second place

Third Place
Jessica Reid, “The G-Table”

FORM 2020 third place

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

Learn more about Formica Group's history and how the product is made:

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