The Design Emphasis 2012 winners were announced during the IWF show in late August. The best of show award went to "Wright Bench," by Eugene Duclos of Appalachian State University.
In addition, the casegoods category winner was "Twisted Console," by James Ellis of Western Piedmont College. The merit award in casegoods went to "Dresser," by Jacob Blok of Kendall College of Art and Design. Honorable mention for casegoods went to David Freeman of Herron School of Art and Design for "Zig Your Zag."
The winner in the commercial/office/hospitality furniture category was Samantha Mallard of Haywood Community College for "Courting Chair." In the same category the merit winner was the "Zwei Desk" by Justin Brown of Columbus College of Art and Design. Honorable mention in the commercial/office/hospitality category was Paige Fruits of the University of Oklahoma for "Buffet Table."
The winner in the design creativity category was Ini Archibong of Art Center College of Design for "Stargazer Lounger." The merit winner for design creativity was Matthew Osborn of Herron School of Art and Design for "Circle Table." Honorable mention in this category was "Cherry Stick Bench" by Steven Sander of Herron School of Art & Design.
In the accent furniture/accent tables category the winner was Brandon Skupski of Haywood Community College for "X-Flat Table. The accent furniture/accent tables merit winner was Jacob Blok of Kendall College of Art and Design. Honorable mention in this category was won by Douglas Larson of Jefferson Community and Technical College for "Le Fleche Table."
The seating winner was Josh Goldstein of Kansas State University for "Pivot Chair." Seating merit winner was "Embrace Chair" by Mo Chieng of Art Center College of Design. Seating honorable mention winner was "MA Chair" by Angela Wang of Art Center College of Design.
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