Nineteen students were honored as recipients in the Design Emphasis awards program in a special ceremony August 20 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA. They were chosen from among 75 finalists, whose pieces were on display during the show.
Student entrants were from colleges and universities throughout the United States. The furniture design competition offers design students an opportunity to demonstrate their talent and originality before a judging panel of furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives, and members of the trade press who have design-oriented backgrounds.
A total of $14,000 in prize money was awarded. The competition recognizes and rewards advanced level designs in six categories: Seating, Ready-to-Assemble, Case Goods, Contract, Occasional Furniture and Design Creativity. First-Place, Honorable Mention and Merit awards are bestowed in each category. A prize is also given for the Best of Show.
The winners are as follows:
Best of Show
|Winner: Andrew Kopp, Iowa State University|
|Top Winner: Greg Klassen, College of the Redwoods|
Merit: Ashley Wedekind, Savannah College of Art & Design
Honorable Mention: Jacob Brooker, Georgia Tech
|Top Winner: Daniel Thornberry, University of Kentucky|
Merit: Brady Cutler, Brigham Young University
Honorable Mention: Meirav Shitrit, Art Center College of Design
|Top Winner: Jonathan Cox, Brigham Young University|
Merit: Joseph Bischoff, University of Kentucky
Honorable Mention: Paul Masterson, University of Kentucky
|Top Winner: Kenneth Tuell, Haywood Community College|
Merit: Adam Schwoeppe, Columbus College of Art & Design
Honorable Mention: Lisa Hirtzel, Miami University
|Top Winner: Justin Peart, Western Michigan University|
Merit: Holly LaPerre, Georgia Tech
Honorable Mention: Kelly Hendrix, Georgia Tech
|Top Winner: Austin Rhodes, Haywood Community College|
Merit: Greg Klassen, College of the Redwoods
Honorable Mention: Eric Payne, Savannah College of Art & Design
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