The mission: To design a piece of furniture or an accessory able to fit in a box four feet tall, four feet wide and four feet long.
The reward: The designer of the winning entry will go to this May’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, where industry professionals and designers hobnob and broker deals.
Our second annual Design Inside the Box contest inspired dozens of entries. Avenue editors pored over them and whittled them down to 10. After that, a panel of judges filled out their scorecards. And, when the numbers were tallied, five finalists emerged from that field of 10.
The panel of judges representing a mix of academics and retailers judged the entries not only on esthetics, but on commercial potential. The judges are: renowned architect Gene Dub of Dub Architects Ltd.; Robert Lederer, associate professor of design studies at the University of Alberta; Kevin Porter, chair of Environmental Design Technologies at NAIT; and Carrie Cameron, account executive at Dwell Modern.
>> Everro 2.0 by Andrea Leitner – Grand Prize Winner
>> Flow by Robert Faulkner – Reader’s Choice Award
>> Sessional Chair by Lawrence Kwok
>> Untitled Table by Chet Domanski
>> L40 by Geoffrey Lilge