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Furnitureland South Hosts Finalists and Winner of Project UDesign

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Furnitureland South announced that it hosted Project UDesign’s top three finalists on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 in the Furnitureland South Eco-Link, the area's first sustainable home furnishings gallery. The event followed Wednesday’s announcement of the Project UDesign winner. The three finalists’ eco-friendly, wing chair designs were selected from six semi-final designs created by students who have recently completed SCAD's soft furnishings design course.
The Project UDesign competition is the first in the furniture industry to “crowdsource” a design that consumers will eventually be able buy. Additionally, Century Furniture has pledged to put the winning design into production in early 2011. The company will pay the contest’s winner a royalty for each unit of the winning chair design it sells, and the winner will also receive a $1,000 award from Cargill’s BiOH® polyols business. Project UDesign co-sponsors include Toray International’s Ultrasuede® brand of upholstery covers made using the company’s EcoDesign™ manufacturing process, and North Carolina-based Century Furniture, a 2009 AHFA SAGE award finalist and Sustainable Furnishings Council member.
During Wednesday’s event, finalists discussed the inspiration for their designs, and joined in the conversation with SCAD students and Furnitureland South Design Consultants about the latest eco-friendly collections, and what consumers ultimately want in sustainable home furnishings.
Furnitureland South also held an online chat via Facebook and Twitter with industry and design professionals who were unable to attend the event.  Tweets were directed to the hashtag #FLSecoDZINEchat.
About Furnitureland South: With more than 1 million square feet of home furnishings and accessories, Furnitureland South provides acres of exquisitely designed vignettes, expert designers and a white-glove national delivery service. The store is a multi-day destination for discerning consumers from every state and many foreign countries.
About Cargill: Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to sharing its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.
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