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ASFD Student Design Challenge 2011 Winners Announced

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The American Society of Furniture Designers announced that the winners of the Student Design Challenge 2011.  Created by ASFD, the competition gives back to the furniture industry by promoting its future.  ASFD and partner Stanley Furniture successfully formatted a competition which  benefits design students, adds excitement to design program curriculums and continues to foster student mentoring.  

 Announced in July of 2011, the Design Challenge was open to junior, senior, and graduate level students enrolled in an accredited college design program.  The design goal for Challenge 2011 participants was to create a writing desk or an executive desk that could transition into one of four style categories within the Stanley Furniture product line.  A panel of professional ASFD-member furniture designers and Stanley Furniture executives judged the entries on the criteria of presentation, creativity, originality, selection of materials and the feasibility of manufacturing.
 
Stanley Furniture will manufacture a prototype of the winning design and showcase the piece in the Stanley Furniture Showroom (210 E Commerce Street, C-1158) during the April 2012 High Point Furniture Market.  The winning entry will also be featured on the Stanley Furniture website.  ASFD is pleased to award First, Second and Third place winners as well as three honorable mention designations.  Cash prizes of $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place and $300 for 3rd place were made possible by the ASFD scholarship fund and a sponsorship by Zenith Global Logistics.  All winners and honorees will receive a free one year membership to ASFD.
 
First Place
Jacob Court, a senior at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Jacob’s entry, “Driftwood Writing Desk”, impressed the judges with the creative use of materials.  The judging panel felt the design would easily fit within the Stanley product line in the Casual Artisan/Transitional category.  Notable Judges Comments:  “A stand out piece”.

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