2022 Design Emphasis contest winners announced
August 25, 2022 | 9:40 am CDT

ATLANTA – Winners of the 2022 Design Emphasis contest were announced during the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), being held August 23-26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Six winners were chosen out of 48 finalists.

Category winners are:  

Rebbecca Juliette-Duex (Haywood Community College) for Design Creativity – Best in Show

Cam McGookey (Herron School of Art & Design) for Accent Tables

Seth Lawrence (Appalachian State University) for Case Goods

Soojung Yoo (Art Center College of Design) for Commercial/Office Furniture

Banner Knowles (Appalachian State University) for Design Creativity

Xiaorui Yin (Art Center College of Design) for Seating

Following are the IWF 2022 Design Emphasis Judges:

  • Jackie Hirschhaut, VP of Public Relations & Marketing, American Home Furnishings Alliance
  • Kelly Peterson, Group Advertising Director, Hearst Integrated Media
  • Gat Caperton, CEO, Gat Creek
  • Ethan Abramson, Owner, Ethan Abramson Furniture
  • Leigh Kivowitz Spencer LEED GA, Managing Partner, Alabama Sawyer
  • Cliff Spencer, Founding Partner, Alabama Sawyer
  • Hoa Vo, PhD, DEC, IES, ACM, Assistant Professor, Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University

Sponsored by the IWF and its owners WMIA and WMMA, the Design Emphasis Student Furniture Design Competition is widely acclaimed as the foremost furniture competition for U.S. college students.

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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.