Art of Design Challenge: 5 designers tackle same space
January 14, 2020 | 2:31 pm CST
Designers were given space dimensions, specs and customer requirements based on this original closet designed by Patty Miller, Boutique Closets and Cabinetry.

Photo By Patty Miller, Boutique Closets and Cabinetry

Closet designers across the country were asked to participate in ACSP’s design challenge.

They were given space dimensions including all obstructions as well as client needs and wishes. Those designers then used this information to design the closet and discuss their approach to meeting the client’s needs.

This program was put together to allow designers to test their knowledge and design acumen against their peers from across the country. 

ACSP said its goal was to review how designers across the country tackle the same closet and challenges. New and old designers, independents and franchises, closet and kitchen companies, manufactures and those who outsource were invited to participate.

Each participating designer was sent a layout with dimensions and specs of the room to be designed which included some of the following: Left and right walls: attic access, skylight, and sloped ceiling; Back wall: client’s mirror and two sconces; Front wall: switch 5 inches from left and 45 inches off the floor.

Original design (left wall) created by Patty Miller, Boutique Closets and Cabinetry. 

The layout, based on a design by Patty Miller, Boutique Closets and Cabinetry, also included the following notes: A Ladies Dressing Room with 80 pairs of shoes, a display area, a full-length mirror (can use client’s), two sconces (can be eliminated), one hamper, lots of drawers, some gowns and no budget. The designers were asked to submit line drawings and 3D renderings if available and to give a brief explanation of what they did and why.

Original design (right wall) created by Patty Miller, Boutique Cabinets and Closets

Here’s what the participating designers submitted:

Jessica Alvarez, MCS Custom Closets and More, Fort Myers, Florida

Amanda Crady, More Space Place, Asheville, North Carolina

Lisa Carlquist, Artisan Custom Closets, Marietta, Georgia

Lori Nesmith,  More Space Place, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Melissa Jane Veinotte, Closet Envy Inc., Burlington, Ontario, Canada







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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.