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Kendall Furniture Design Majors Sweep ASFD Student Design Challenge 2011

Posted January 10, 2012 in Student

The American Society of Furniture Designers and partner Stanley Furniture have announced the winners of the Student Design Challenge 2011—and Kendall Furniture Design majors swept the awards. 

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.

First Place
Senior Jacob Court’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.” Stanley Furniture will manufacture a prototype of Court’s winning design and showcase the Driftwood Writing Desk in the Stanley Furniture Showroom during the April 2012 High Point Furniture Market. The desk will also be featured on the Stanley Furniture website.

Second Place:
Daniel Jacobs, Junior: “Shoreline Writing Desk”

Third Place:
Jacob Blok, Junior: “Cabinet Maker’s Executive Desk”

Honorable Mention:
Susannah Dirkse, Senior: “Cottage Style Writing Desk”
Christopher Eitel, Junior: “Criedor Writing Desk”

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.