“After months of work, four sophomore industrial design students were called out for awards.”
By Zach Samalonis
For the past few months, students from the Design 3 Studio have been hard at work, preparing for the 2017 COLLAB Student Design Competition held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for regional university design students to experience competition outside the classroom and to receive valuable feedback from nationally recognized industry leaders. Each year’s competition is thematically linked to the work of the annual Collab Design Excellence Award honoree, a world-class individual recognized as having made significant contributions to the field of design. This year’s Collab Design Excellence Award honoree and inspiration for the competition was Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. Students were tasked with “Designing a piece of furniture that is the focal point of a room and incorporates storage. Urquiola’s work touches on artistry, craft, technology, culture, and a nod to the “hand.” Student submissions must speak to Urqioula’s influence and must be reproducible.” By integrating the competition into the Design 3 curriculum, students were pushed to create both a full-scale model, as well as a scale model for the competition.
The hard work paid off with four of our sophomore industrial design students were called out for awards and design excellence at the 2017 Collab Design Competition. Students were up against other designers from Drexel University, UArts, UPenn, Parsons, and RIT.
Peter Holderith took 2nd place in the competition, with his entry titled “The Sock Stool”. Juror Matt Tyson said of second place prize winner “Everyone looking at this stool was surprised…it was this instant feeling of joy, as none of us would have ever thought of this before! It was an interesting take on the display of a piece of clothing. It also gave the opportunity to all the textile designers of the world to show off their creations, taking something that is typically hidden and showing it off…A really fun piece! I particularly like the repetition in the design, so the repeat of manufactured parts saves costs which is really smart.”
Three other students, Jessica Monteleone, Zachary Samalonis and Hannah Smythe were recognized for design excellence, and were called out individually by the different jurors. Each of the jurors appreciated the attention to detail and craft of the stools, as well as the inspiration drawn from Patricia’s work.