CHICAGO — Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to innovation in design, Delta Faucet partnered with Meredith Corp., a publisher of consumer magazines, to announce the 2011 winners of the second annual Designers of Tomorrow contest. Honoring the future of innovative design, three students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago were chosen based on their unique and functional designs using one or more Delta product in a residential application outside of the kitchen and bathroom.
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The winning students were awarded academic scholarships totaling $10,000 from Meredith Corp. for their standout designs in the following categories: overall design, Readers’ Choice, and Students’ Choice. In addition to their scholarships, the students, along with photos of their winning designs, were showcased in the June 2011 issues of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Ready Made,and Modern Living and were also recognized at a private reception on Monday, June 13, featuring some of the top names from the design and art community.
“The Designers of Tomorrow Contest provides Delta Faucet with the opportunity to work with the next generation of designers,” said Judd Lord, director of industrial design, Delta Faucet Company. “We hope that the contest will serve as inspiration for the students, pushing them to be innovative by thinking of ways to create designs that utilize fixtures and water in an unconventional way.”
Grand prize winner Alysse Filipek received a $5,000 scholarship, and the Readers’ Choice Winner, Jamie Sandy, and the Students’ Choice Winner, Zhe Zhang, both received a $2,500 scholarship. The awards were presented to the winners by Steve Levinson, vice president/group publisher, Meredith, and Mary McCullough, channel manager, Delta Faucet at the private reception.
Filipek’s winning design, “Revive,” is a lamp specifically intended to battle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The design features the Delta Pilar pull-down kitchen faucet paired with the Dryden showerhead to create the overall structure of the lamp.
Sandy’s design, “Bamboo-Cero,” received the Readers’ Choice Award. The design showcases the Delta Vero showerhead in a sculptural design of fountains located in a residential bamboo garden. The showerheads represent the leaves on the bamboo stems, which consist of metal piping.
The Students’ Choice Winner, Zhang, created the “Umbrella Pot,” which was inspired by the concept of using an umbrella-shaped figure as a flower pot. The upside-down umbrella pot incorporates a Delta faucet as the handle, which directly waters the flowers. The permeable fabric of the umbrella allows the water to flow in and out of the pot.
The judging panel for the Designers of Tomorrow Contest consisted of Susan Fredman, Susan Fredman Design Group; Martin Horner, Soucie Horner Ltd.; Kathy Manzella, de Giulio Kitchen Design; Missi Tate, Delta Faucet Company; Judd Lord, Delta Faucet Company; George Aye, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Liz Armstrong, ReadyMade; Carol Schalla, Midwest Living; Amy Elbert , Traditional Home and Kit Selzer, Better Homes and Gardens.
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