Call for Entries in 6th Annual FORM Student Innovation Competition by Formica Canada


A leading supplier of countertops adorning cabinets made by those in the woodworking industry is looking for students with a flair for innovative furniture design for its 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition.

In the annual competition, which opened on Sept. 1 and will end March 6, 2023, Formica Corp. is inviting architecture and interior design students in the United States, Canada and Mexico to showcase their creativity through original furniture designs that feature Formica products.

This year’s challenge asks students to submit a color rendering and project statement for a furniture design that interprets the student’s concept of maximalism.

New maximalism is an approach in the world of design best known for its don’t-hold-back extravagant forms, saturated colours, bold decorations and rich textures.

In this competition, students are being asked to use their creativity when defining what maximalism means to them, which could be furniture with multiple patterns, unique architectural shapes or bold, saturated colors that draw the eye.

In a nod to the organizers of the competition, all the submissions will have to include three or more Formicaor FENIX brand products, including at least one from the SurfaceSet 2022 collection devoted to commercial design, by Formica.

Up for grabs are cash prizes, national recognition and the chance for the students to have their work showcased at NeoCon 2023, an important event in the commercial design industry.

HPL is typically made of six to eight layers of kraft paper glued together under high pressure and heat to produce a particularly durable product. This laminate can then be bonded to various wood substrates.

A distinguished panel of industry and design professionals will judge the student submissions.

“Each year, we continue to be impressed by the unparalleled originality and inventiveness students bring to this competition,” said Renee Hytry Derrington, Formica’s managing principal of North American design.

The FORM Student Innovation Competition is inspired by a challenge held in 2008, when Formica invited 10 world-renowned designers and architects, including Jaime Velez, Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Bernard Tschumi and Massimo Vignelli, to create works of art with the company’s products.

Those designs, which ranged from domestic pieces to conceptual sculptures, were then exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.



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