Formica FORM Student Innovation Competition
2020 Formica FORM Student Innovation Competition
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2020 Formica FORM Student Innovation Competition

The 2020 FORM Student Innovation Competition invites architecture and interior design students to showcase their creativity by designing furniture pieces showcasing Formica® Brand products. As part of Formica Corporation’s greater effort to support and inspire future designers, students will have the chance to win cash prizes, national recognition and have their work showcased at NeoCon 2020. The competition is open from Sept. 9, 2019 through March 13, 2020, with winners announced in May 2020.

This Year’s Competition

For this year’s challenge, students are asked to submit a color rendering of a furniture design highlighting the intersection of technology and nature for the competition’s “Blurred Lines” design theme. Contestants must use at least three Formica® Brand products, including one (or more) from the company’s SurfaceSet® 2020 collection. Designs must be usable in both commercial and residential settings.

The Judges

• Tristan Butterfield, regional brand & retail lead at Gensler Chicago
• Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead at Formica Group
• Cheryl Durst, executive vice president of IIDA
• Leanne Ford, interior designer and television personality
• Vern Yip, award-winning HGTV designer and author

The Pay Off

The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash award, and their design will be fabricated and displayed during NeoCon 2020 in Chicago in June. The second-place winner will be awarded $1,000, and the third-place winner will receive $500. The top three winners will all be invited to attend NeoCon as a guest of Formica, and will be able to network with industry professionals and get a taste of the design community.

The Deadline

The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is March 13, 2020.

Find out more about the 2020 Formica FORM Student Innovation Competition