Hollywood, FL -- The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2010-11 PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge for college students in store design, interior design, visual merchandising, and industrial design programs. This competition offers students a chance to see their designs come to life, gain exposure at a major industry trade show, and win cash awards.

The 12 finalists are:
Amanda Archibald and Maria Ferraro, Round House Hamster Wheel, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Jordan C. Bartek, PAVE the Way, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Laura Heekin, petDora, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
Johnlery Itugot, Doggy Couture, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
David Jenny and Hitomi Kashimoto, plAy Dog, University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Katherine Lashua, Hare Raising, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Minjae Lee, Playground, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO and Sangmyung University, Seoul, South Korea
Kelsey Miller, Pampered Pups, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Louis Sanders, Love Bite, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mona Lisa Tan and Kungpill Yoon, PAVE the Way - Ralph Lauren, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Sung Scott Truong, Better Betta Display, California State University, Long Beach
Gregory Vanderpol and Catherine Morse, Hermes Talaris Saddle Display, California State University, Long Beach

The challenge was to design a store fixture to sell pet accessories or products and include a 3D rendering of the design for judging. As sponsor and presenter of the challenge, Burlingame, Calif.-based B&N Industries will now work with the 12 finalists to produce prototypes of their designs for display at GlobalShop 2011, where the prototypes will be displayed. The student awards will be announced during A.R.E.'s Design Awards program Monday, March 28, 2011, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"The PAVE 3D Design Challenge is now an international success. It was amazing to see that in only the second year, the number of entries doubled and came from countries around the world. The quality of the entries was amazing and once again truly inspiring," said Brad Somberg, president of B&N Industries. "We are beginning to reach out to the finalists to help them see their visions come to fruition. See you in March at GlobalShop. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to all the amazing institutions that stood behind this challenge."

Judges for the competition were: Jason Friend, Designer, B&N Industries; Paul Loux, Vice President of Design, Sephora, San Francisco, Calif.; Kevin McPhee, Creative Director, B&N Industries, Burlingame, Calif.; Brad Somberg, President, B&N Industries, Burlingame, Calif.; and Manley Tantuico, Business Development, B&N Industries, Burlingame, Calif.

About PAVE

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation administered by A.R.E.

About B&N Industries, www.bnind.com
B&N Industries is an innovative designer and manufacturer of products and systems for the retail, architectural, and consumer industries. The company focuses on fresh, fun, and functional approaches to solutions that enhance environments. With the launch of Iconic™Carved Relief Panels, B&N has secured a new way of providing new technologies and design options for the contract, retail, and hospitality industry. From the ever-popular Puck™ hardware System, to the tension Cable™ System, the Sorbetti™ Freestanding Pole System, and the new Graphic Cubes and Quadri™ Frame Systems for display, B&N offers variety and creativity to merchandising, display, shelving, and contract needs. With over 80,000 square feet of local manufacturing with advanced CNC technology, the ability to source manufacturing throughout the world, and over 90,0000 square feet of warehousing, B&N can accommodate virtually any size of project rollout and distribution. B&N continually works to provide new solutions to the ever-changing interiors markets and to bring a fresh outlook to the industry.

About GlobalShop

GlobalShop is the largest annual trade show of its kind, attracting leaders in the retail design industry from all over the world. Retailers, store designers, visual merchandisers, and brand managers attend GlobalShop each year to find inspiration and the latest trends in retail design, in-store marketing, and technology.

SOURCE: Planning and Visual Education Partnership

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