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Collab's 2013 Design Excellence AwardMarc Newson will be in Philadelphia on November 22 to receive Collab’s 2013 Design Excellence Award and give an illustrated lecture about his work in the Van Pelt auditorium. More information here >>
The Student Design Competition
The 2013 Competition Brief: Table It
ThemeMany of Newson’s product designs draw inspiration from his work designing for transport. He adapts the materials, construction and imagery of vehicles for his furniture and furnishing designs. His famous Lockheed Lounge uses materials found in airplane construction aluminum and rivets. His Wooden Chair resembles the construction of a ship with its wooden spindles. The form of his Blow Dryer is also the front of his plane and the back of his boat designs.
ChallengeLike Marc Newson, we are asking students to get inspired. This year’s challenge is to create a TABLE, and to find inspiration for its design either from science, technology, nature, or the arts. Your job is to research the industry of your inspiration, look at the imagery, the materials, and the construction, and incorporate those influences into your design, whether it’s a dining table, side table, coffee table, any table!
SubmissionsAll submissions must include the following components:
- Projects should be minimum of 1/8–1/4 scale and maximum size not to exceed 2 feet (Please note scale)
- Presentation Board
- 11" x 17" full color, borderless, mounted vertically (portrait format)
- High-resolution image of your table
- Design statement outlining concept, technical and materials information (Do not put your name on the front of the board)
- Your name and the name of University or College should be on the back of the board only
- Please label CD with: Name, Email Address, Phone Number and School
- HIGH RES IMAGE: Minimum Photoshop Image Size: 5 x 7 @ 300 dpi (tiff or jpeg)
- Microsoft Word document with design statement and registration form information
- Registration Form
- Complete Registration Form and place in a sealed envelope along with the CD
- Securely tape the sealed envelope to the back of the presentation board
- Evidence of applied research of process and materials
- Originality and creativity of the concept
- Functionality of design and ability to make multiples
- Construction (craft of submission)
Date and Location for SubmissionsThe competition will take place on Monday, November 18 at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues. All entries (scale model, mounted presentation board and CD) are due at the Perelman Building by 9:00 am. Students will return to Perelman at 3:00 pm for the announcement of the winners and a feedback session by the panel of judges. A reception for the students will follow. Students should enter Perelman through the front Entrance at both times.
- Jeffrey Bernett - Founder, Consultants for Design Strategy (CDS)
- Peter Danko - Designer/Artist/Owner, DANKO Design, Inc.
- Frederick McSwain - Manager, Poltrana Frau/Cappellini
- Eugenie Perret - Owner, MINIMA
- Ilene Shaw - President, Shaw & Co! Productions
PrizesFirst ($1000) | Second ($750) | Third ($500) | Two Honorable Mentions ($250 each) | People’s Choice Award $250
Student ExhibitionFor the first time in the history of the competition, 30-40 of the best designs will go on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for one week. Also for the first time, there will be a “People’s Choice Award.” During the week, Museum visitors will be able to cast their votes for their favorite design online via Collab’s Facebook page. The museum has recently launched Pay What You Wish Wednesday Nights at the Museum—and the student exhibition will be featured on Wednesday, November 19. Invite friends and family to come and vote. The “People’s Choice Award” along with all student winners will be presented at the Collab Design Excellence Awards Lecture on Friday, November 22. All student competition participants are invited to the Collab Design Excellence Award program for FREE, with pre-registration at the Museum’s Box Office.
PublicationA selection of the winning projects will be published on the Philadelphia Museum of Art website; presented in the Annual Collab Journal; and featured on the blog, Design Milk.
Return of EntriesWith the exception of those selected to be on display at the PMA, all projects must be picked up at the end of the day of the competition. The Museum will not be responsible for any projects, not selected that are left after 5:00 pm on Monday, November 18, 2013. All selected projects can be picked up on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00-10:00 am at the Museum’s north entrance on Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. Again, the Museum will not be responsible for any projects that are left after 10:00 am.
EligibilityStudents submitting projects to the Collab Student Design Competition must be currently enrolled in a college or university. All submissions are due by 9:00 am, November 18, Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students are encouraged to attend the event and are expected to hand deliver their entries. All entries must be solo; no joint or team projects will be accepted and cannot be delivered by post or by email. The entrant waives all rights to entries, and the winners are at the full discretion of the Jury.
2012: Game On!
First Place: Lou Stuber
Are We There Yet?!
Tyler School of Art/Temple University The concept behind Are We There Yet?! is loosely based off of family road trips that I have experienced with my own family across the country. Things never seem to go exactly according to schedule when you are on a road trip. The object of the game is to end up at your final destination, Shallow Waters, with the most money left to enjoy your stay at the world’s best water park. About the 2012 Competition: Collab held its Twentieth Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 19, 2012. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Double Portrait: Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designers celebrating the innovative graphic design work of Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast—recipients of Collab’s 2012 Design Excellence Award. 2010 Judges: Drew Freeman, Byron Glaser, Patti Ann Harris, Bonnie Mackay, Larry Mangel
- 2011: OverNighter
First Place: Silvia Terhedebrugge
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY, Industrial Design
Faculty Advisors: Katrin Mueller- Russo About the 2011 Competition: Collab held its Nineteenth Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 14, 2011. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion celebrating the innovative designs of Zaha Hadid, the recipient of Collab’s 2011 Design Excellence Award. 2011 Judges: Kirsten Climer, John Edelman, Victor Sanz, Susan Szenasy, Janet Villano
2010: Tabletop Accessory Set
First Place: James Read Hughes
University of the Arts
Professors: Doug Bucci and Daniel Michalik
In this series of dipping plates for oil and vinegar, each porcelain dish is mass-producible and uses only one material. A humanistic and whimsical aspect is introduced into each design in the form of a relief at the plate’s bottom, which uses the natural properties of each liquid to create a sublime pattern that reveals itself during use. About the 2010 Competition: Collab held its Eighteenth Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 15, 2010. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Alessi: Ethical and Radical celebrating the innovative products of the Italian manufacturer, Alberto Alessi - recipient of Collab’s 2010 Design Excellence Award. 2010 Judges: Harry Allen, Carla Diana, Richard Kratchman, Diane Minnite, Diane O’Donnel
2009: Tabletop Luminaire
First Place Winner: Jordan Cammarata
Professors: Mark Havens and Jason Lempieri
A contemporary interpretation of Harvey Hubbell’s pull chain socket, patented in 1896. About the 2009 Competition: Collab held its Seventeenth Annual Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 16, 2009. This year’s competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Marcel Wanders: Daydreams celebrating the innovative design work of the Dutch designer, the recipient of Collab’s 2009 Design Excellence Award. 2009 Judges: Dennis Askins, Russell Blanchard, Lisa Foley, Jamer Hunt, David Raizman, Gina Reimann
2008: Processing Frank Gehry
First Place Winner: Jesse Gerard
The University of the Arts
Professor: Dan Michalik
The layered plywood technique widely associated with Frank Gehry is adapted to design and produce the Lewis Bench.
2007: Mapping Modernism
First Place Winner: Yesenia Perez-Cruz
A. Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University, Graphic Design
Professor Jody Graff The Development of Modern Seats No other household object is as emblematic of Modernist ideals as the chair. The chair can be mass-produced, sold globally, and is a subject of experimentation with technology and materials. These qualities are exhibited in a vast, white showroom, faithful to the Modernist ideology that an interior space should be "open and free-flowing." Upon entering the exhibit, the viewer was met with a large-scale banner showing line illustrations of chairs. The chairs were not arranged chronologically, but are grouped by similarity of line, demonstrating that development of chairs is about refinement and reinvention of pre-existing forms. The similarities existing between chairs created decades apart demonstrates the immense influence of Modernist techniques and ideals. About the 2007 Competition: Collab’s Fifteenth Annual Student Competition, Mapping Modernism, was held in conjunction with the celebration of Collab's new gallery in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and its opening exhibition, Designing Modern: 1920 to the Present. This year, students were asked to consider the scope of the Modern Design dialogue. The competition challenged students to design a "Map" that links associations between people, things, or events within the context of the revolutionary ideas and trends in art, architecture, and design that developed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The map should communicate the student’s interpretation of the forces that flowed into, through and around modern design, giving shape to its origins and output. 2007 Judges: Conny Purtill, Erin Mulchay, Dana Micucci, Julie Hirschfeld, and Jason Alger
2006: The Intelligent Ornament
First Place Winner: Miho Wakabayashi
Pratt Institute, Industrial Design
Professor Katrin Mueller
Miho's project examines ornament in the tabletop context and celebrates Jensen's aesthetic through organic motif and structural pattern making. The bowl's hidden intelligence is the application of a unique electrostatic coating on the interior. This silvery heat-retaining material allows the bread to be kept warm long after the basket is moved from the oven to the table. About the 2006 Competition: Collab's Fourteenth Annual Student Design Competition, The Intelligent Ornament, was part of a week-long series of events celebrating Collab's 2006 Design Excellence Award recipient, Georg Jensen and Georg Jensen, Inc. It posed the question: If Jensen were alive today, what objects might he be moved to create? The competition challenged students to design a physical model and supporting presentation board for their “Intelligent Ornament.” A distinguished panel of judges used both in measuring the overall success of each entry. 2006 Judges: Clive Roux, Virgil Marti, Barbara Flanagan, Monique Faber, Maria Eife
- 2005: Variance and The Vase
First Place Winner: Brett Duncan
University of The Arts, Industrial Design
Professor Rama Korposh Brett Duncan's Ice Bloom consisted of flowers frozen in a sphere of ice which blossom and expand as the ice around them melts. Also embedded in the ice sculpture are glass beads which become apparent as the ice melts and they drop sporadically onto the surface the vase melts on. The gentle, occasional sound produced by the dropping beads reminds us of the fleeting quality of the vase. Here, variance is produced in a temporal event which one of our judges likened to a performance. About the 2005 Competition: The 2005 competition brief reflected the richness of Collab Design Excellence Award recipient Gaetano Pesce’s contribution to design through his unique approach. By combining elements of art, design, philosophy, and technology, Mr. Pesce has encouraged the wondrous and accidental, embracing imperfections as traits which enhance and humanize his work. Applying this philosophy to design for production has been referred to as “variance.” Students interpreted this concept in their development of a full-scale functional prototype of a flower vase. Winning designs demonstrated variance in both philosophy and in manufacturing strategy. 2005 Judges: Laetitia Wolff, Senior Design Editor, SURFACE Magazine; Lyn Godley, Designer; Adam Kamens, CEO, Amuneal Metal Forms Inc.; Mark Gisi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Amuneal Metal Forms Inc.; Drew Hamilton, Owner, Dane Décor Downtown.
- 2004: Furniture Classics for The Future
- 2003: Main Exterior Signage for The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new Perelman Building acquisition
- 2002: Paper Lighting
- 2001: Designing The Design Excellence Award
- 2000: CD Box Set Packaging
- 1999: Clock for The New Milennium
- 1998: Shopping Bag for the Terrence Conran Home Furnishing Collection
- 1997: Ice Bucket for Starck/Schrager Mondrian Hotel
- 1996: Chair or Seating Unit for the Richard Meier Museum in Ulm, Germany
- 1995: Tea Kettle
- 1994: Lighting Fixture with Japanese Influence
- 1993: Dinnerware Place Setting
Philadelphia University, Industrial Design
Professor Todd Corlett
Adam Johnson said of his redesign for the Bertoia Chair, "This lounge chair rises up out of the ground to suspend the human body in a minimalist redesign of a classic piece." Judges called this chair a "show-stopper" and a beautiful sculpture which allowed the viewer to fall into the visual comfort of the form.
Tie for First Place Winner: Stephen Cooke
University of The Arts, Industrial Design
Professors Patty Beirne and Rama Korposh Stephen Cook said of his "Leaf Chair" that it "combines the discipline of the grid structure with the organic clustering of material at its midsection, coupling design with sculpture." The judges found it to be an interesting juxtaposition to the Bertoia Chair's sense of order with a random and casual sensibility. One of the judges compared the gesture of the seat to that of a wedding dress with a train cascading in its wake.
About the 2004 Competition: The 2004 Collab Design Excellence Award recipient was Florence Knoll-Bassett. This year’s theme reflected the rich history of Knoll International’s contribution to the language of design through it’s iconographic furniture. Collab provided several classic designs from the Knoll Studio line from which students chose as points of departure for their design explorations. Through research into material and technological innovations, students redesigned their chosen object for the future. 2004 Judges: Claudia Gould, Director, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; George H. Marcus, Assistant Professor, History of Art, the University of Pennsylvania; Jeff Miller, Founder and Principal, Jeff Miller Inc., and VP of Design, ECCO Design Inc., New York; Bill Shea, Founding Partner, Shea+Latone, Inc.; Stephan Copeland, Founder, the Copeland Studio.
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