2017 Formica FORM Student Innovation Competition
The search is on for the next generation of architecture and design leaders as Formica Corporation announces a call for entries in the FORM Student Innovation Competition. The challenge occurs nearly a decade after a similar competition in which the company invited world-renowned architects and designers to create works of art from Formica® Brand products. This time around, veterans of iconic firms honored in the first challenge will judge the work of today’s up-and-coming talent to determine the winners of cash prizes, national recognition, and the chance to showcase their work in a public exhibit.
In the 2008 FORM Contemporary Architects at Play challenge, Formica Corporation invited design icons Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Bernard Tschumi and Massimo Vignelli among others to create art in the form of something to “sit upon, lay upon, lean upon or play upon” from Formica® Brand products. Their designs, which ranged from domestic pieces to conceptual sculptures, were then exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where Formica Corporation is headquartered.
This Year’s Competition
Now in 2017, the new FORM Student Innovation Competition invites design students to take up the same challenge of creating a rendering of something to “sit upon, lay upon, lean upon or play upon” using Formica® Brand products.
- Melodie Leung with Zaha Hadid Architects
- Rob Van Varick and Donald Strum with Michael Graves Architecture & Design
- R. Roger Remington with the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Raphaela Platow with the Contemporary Arts Center
- Renee Hytry Derrington, Global Design Lead for Formica Group
The Pay Off
The grand prize winner will receive a $1,500 cash award, and their design will be fabricated and showcased at an unveiling event at the Contemporary Arts Center in 2018. The second-place winner will be awarded $1,000, and the third-place winner will receive $500.
The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is November 17, 2017.