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The Durkan dscvr18 design competition has been established to exhibit the talent of designers in the hospitality design field and contribute toward the education of future designers, in partnership with NEWH.

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The Durkan dscvr18 design competition has been established to exhibit the talent of designers in the hospitality design field and contribute toward the education of future designers, in partnership with NEWH.

Students are encouraged to participate and be discovered! Durkan has partnered with NEWH to bring a unique member only opportunity. In lieu of entry fees, you simply must be a student member of NEWH.

Durkan is the leading US manufacturer of custom designed carpet to the hospitality industry. Specializing in durable Public Space, Corridor and guest room carpet, Durkan offers solutions to any custom design need. As design leaders, we offer the largest selection of archived patterns in the USA or we can make your custom design vision a reality.

NEWH, The Network of the Hospitality Industry, is the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, providing scholarships, education, leadership development, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities. Members of NEWH, Inc. are professionals actively engaged in development, management/ operations, architecture, communications, design, distribution, education, manufacturing, production, purchasing, and sales of the Hospitality, Foodservice, Senior Living and related industries. For more information go to www.newh.org.

ELIGIBILITY

Student membership in NEWH is required
BECOME A NEW MEMBER

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

Using the CAD file (provided in PCX format) of a standard Ballroom & Pre-function area, create a design solution of your choice considering the following:

  • Ballroom & Pre-function areas are to be designed as separate components, each area divided by transition stripes in the doorways (Transition Strips to be 4" solid carpet).
  • Ballroom & Pre-function designs are to be different but designed to coordinate.
  • Number of colors not to exceed 12 in total.
  • Please think of each area as your blank canvas, designs confined only by the walls, the most innovative approach would be to avoid using surface patterns with an obvious repeat, with the exception of textural elements used to add detail and layering. We'd like to see how the entire floor space could become one large design.

Submit final patterns with photos or visuals, concept boards, sketches, write up, or other inspiration for PDI (Precision Dye Injected) carpets. Completed package to be sent to Durkan for judging.

Download files:
PCX
Deadline Friday, March 23rd, 2018.


PRIZES

Grand Prize:
$2,500 NEWH scholarship from Durkan and a trip to Las Vegas for the HD Expo show to receive award. Winning student designs will be on display at the Durkan booth. Durkan will promote and catalog winning designs.

Second Place:
$1000 and a trip to Las Vegas for the HD Expo show to receive award.

Third Place - $500
Fourth Place - $300
Fifth Place - $200

Download the Call for Entries Form

See "Contest Rules" for specifications and requirements of your design submittal.

Rules

ELIGIBILITY

Student membership in NEWH is required
BECOME A MEMBER

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

Using the CAD file (provided in PCX format) of a standard Ballroom & Pre-function area, create a design solution of your choice considering the following:

  • Ballroom & Pre-function areas are to be designed as separate components, each area divided by transition stripes in the doorways (Transition Strips to be 4" solid carpet).
  • Ballroom & Pre-function designs are to be different but designed to coordinate.
  • Number of colors not to exceed 12 in total.
  • Please think or each area as your blank canvas, designs confined only by the walls, the most innovative approach would be to avoid using surface patterns with an obvious repeat, with the exception of textural elements used to add detail and layering. We'd like to see how the entire floor space could become one large design.

Submit final patterns with photos or visuals, concept boards, sketches, write up, or other inspiration for PDI (Precision Dye Injected) carpets. Completed package to be sent to Durkan for judging.

Download files:
PCX

JUDGING CRITERIA
  • Concept
  • Presentation
  • Market Feasibility
QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ section. If you cannot find your answer there, email us at dscover@rsvpcomm.com.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
  1. Membership in NEWH is required.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. Entries cannot be returned.
  4. Entrants warrant that the submissions are their own original work and do not infringe the work of any third party.
  5. All submissions shall become the property of Durkan and/or its affiliates and Durkan and/or its affiliates shall own all copyrights and other proprietary rights created, including the creation of derivative works of such submissions. If requested by Durkan, entrants agree to sign any documents necessary to confirm Durkan’s ownership of the submission.
  6. Durkan reserves the right to use winning entries for promotion or display. All designs will always be credited with creator's name for the life of the pattern when used for promotional purposes.
  7. Winner must provide a publication quality headshot.
  8. By entering this competition and accepting the Prize, you grant Durkan the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use your entry either as submitted or in edited form without further permission, notice, or compensation, including but not limited to Durkan product catalog, website, and other media outlets.
  9. All entrants must complete all questions on the online Entry Form. Finalists who do not provide contact information will be eliminated from the competition.
  10. Professional carpet designers such as free lance designers commissioned by a carpet manufacturer or a staff designer for a carpet manufacturer are not eligible.

Forms

HOW TO ENTER
  1. Fill out form to register.
  2. Print Submittal Form to include with entry package.
  3. Submittal Package to Include:
    1. 2 patterns in digital format (jpg, tif, pdf only) on disk or flash drive - REQUIRED
    2. Hard copy presentation of each pattern - REQUIRED
    3. Concept materials – can include sketches, write ups, photos, design boards - REQUIRED
    4. Mark each item with your registration number only on the back side of materials (your name, signature, or likeness should not appear on any of your images or materials, only the registration number)
    5. Include print out of registration page - REQUIRED (packages will be matched back to online registration)
  4. Only one entry per person
  5. Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 23rd, 2018.
  6. JUDGING CRITERIA

    Please keep these elements in mind by which your entry will be judged.

    • Concept
    • Presentation
    • Market Feasibility
    SEND ENTRIES TO

    Elizabeth Bonner
    Mohawk Light Lab
    508 E. Morris St
    Dalton, GA 30721

    Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 23rd, 2018. Entries postmarked after this date will not be eligible for judging

REGISTRATION FORM

The email address used for your NEWH membership will be used to verify your membership and eligibility. If you need to join NEWH now, please complete your membership application first, then when you have received membership confirmation, return here to submit your contest registration

FAQ

  • Can I get an extension on the deadline?
    No. Entries must be received by the deadline (Friday, March 23rd, 2018).
  • Will you confirm receipt of my package(s)?
    The best way for you to track your package(s) is to contact your carrier. We are unable to acknowledge receipt of your package(s) until your submission has been processed. At that time you will receive an e-mail confirming that your package(s) has/have been received. This process can take up to two weeks.
  • Will my entries be returned?
    Because of the number of entries we receive, it is not possible for us to return any of them.
  • I have already sent in my submission, can I still make a change?
    No. Due to the hardcopy format you should make certain your designs are finalized before sending in. They cannot be returned for changes.
  • Do you accept work on disk?
    Yes, entries are required as digital files on disk and a hard copy print out is also required. Submit digital images in JPG TIF or PDF format.
  • When will we know if our entry was chosen?
    Winners will be contacted confidentially no later than early April 2018. Official announcement of winners will be at HD Expo on May 2, 2018. Because of the number of entries we receive, we can only notify people whose work is accepted.
  • Do the patterns have to relate or coordinate to each other?
    This is up to your discretion and you are free to design how you think the two patterns work best. Most often in this type of application there is a tie between the designs. This could be with color, or technique, or design element etc.

Past Winners

Grand Prize Winner
Hailey Fonda
Utah State University


"Lumin reminds us of light. This collection is meant to inspire light and movement through the organic shapes and color. Inspired by the unique beauty of jellyfish, this collection emanates their inspiring visual and movement, which is shown throughout the ballroom and pre-function areas. The organic lines carry you throughout the space while creating a continuous motion and connection between the two areas."

2nd PLACE
Megan Cook
Utah State University

3rd PLACE
Amber Judd
Utah State University

4th PLACE
Michelle Carbajal
Utah State University

5th PLACE
Ali Guymon
Utah State University


Grand Prize Winner
Natalie Dieters
Kirkwood Community College


"The two patterns were designed to conceptually match the ballroom space and many of the events that will take place in the space. The initial design was from a picture of graffiti in France. There are many places along the street with graffiti in France. The metro also has graffiti along the walls. Graffiti is unique and different for every person that creates it. It is an art form very different from most. The Pre-Function and Ballroom spaces are both unique designs just like graffiti around the world. When graffiti is around each other, it all works and flows together. Just as the Ballroom and Pre-Function spaces are different, but still look cohesive in the design."

2nd PLACE
Kristen Evans
Georgia Southern University

3rd PLACE
Tracy Manuel
Louisiana State University

4th PLACE
Andrea Motino
Georgia Southern University

5th PLACE
Abigail Hall
Kirkwood Community College


Grand Prize Winner
Abigail Kolar
Kirkwood Community College


"These two patterns were designed to conceptually match the ballroom space and many of the events that will occur there. The ballroom primarily serves as a space to hold events, gatherings bringing together family and friends. The concept of these designs are centered around the idea of community. The initial design was inspired from photos of stained glass windows found throughout Iowa. Just as stained glass windows are made up of several pieces of glass, each unique and important, so are communities. Each person is a unique individual, and when brought together, each individual is critical in making up the completed, beautiful picture."

2nd PLACE
Kristen Evans
Georgia Southern University

3rd PLACE
Tracy Manuel
Louisiana State University


Grand Prize Winner - Professional
Ann Borrelli Smith
DPOVinteriors


"Inspired by the fashion forecast of Fall 13/14, this carpet collection is an homage to the Renaissance. This time period was known for wealth and innovation. Fabrics were lush with heavy brocade patterns. To update the Renaissance color palette and pattern, this collection was integrating black and cream with the addition of shadow and illusion."

Grand Prize Winner - Student
Libby Hurder
University of Northern Iowa


"Once I gathered inspiration pictures, I made the decision to focus on the vertical lines of the building. I chose grey to represent all of the concrete used in cities and the deep red to symbolize the color of the old brick in buildings. By overlapping and rotating my pattern, I hope to represent the hustle and bustle of the busy day to day city life."

Runners-Up - Professional
Joemy Vega
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Megan McNee
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Student
MaTrasa Phillips
3rd Place


Grand Prize Winner - Professional
Alexandra Pilgrim
Lot 11, Ltd


Alexandra Pilgrim is artistic by nature. She sees the world in color, as textures, patterns, and shapes, in light and in dark. With a background in the hospitality industry she understands the importance of being trendsetting - not trendy, finding beauty in simplicity, providing exceptional quality in design and service, and always staying young at heart and mind. Through a formal education, at The Art Institute of Colorado, she learned to communicate creative ideas and hone her skill set. Her resume includes collaborative work on a variety of branded and boutique hotels across the country. In addition to free-lance design work, and a marketing position at Lines, a commercial furniture group, Ali is a Mother - her greatest creative accomplishment.

Grand Prize Winner - Student
Lorin Bordeville
Kwantlen Polytechnic University


I'll start with the idea that design has value. And, some 7,000 hours in design studies at Kwantlen has only just brushed the surface of a plethora of design possibilities. It is enlightening though, whether as a tool or speciality, that's emerged a field of immense interest: the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people through colour, drama and emotion. This is inspiring. I want to design more than just the functional requirements of space, but also the unique user experience that delivers meaningful emotion and curiosity. Nothing is more rewarding than to watch someone's face turn upward in awe as they experience a space for the first time and connect with it on a strong personal level. It is possible to dramatically improve the community, individual, social, and life-richness of people through the use of evidence-based design. I intend to design for the world. Work status: school full-time. Work interests: creative, collaborative environments. Design interests: hospitality, lighting, colour.

Runners-Up - Professional
Kayla McCullough
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Divina Balazo
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Professional
Ann Borrelli Smith
3rd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Takuya Imoto
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Grace O'Brien
Honorable Mention

Runners-Up - Student
Erin Saucier
Honorable Mention

Runners-Up - Student
Blair Thomson
Honorable Mention


Grand Prize Winner - Professional
Amy Bos
Kraemer Design Group


Amy is a licensed Interior Designer and Graphic Designer based out of Detroit, Michigan. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, she continued to explore her interest in the architectural profession by attending Harvard's Career Discovery summer program at the GSD. Working in a variety of cities throughout the U.S. such as Sarasota, Boston and Detroit, Amy has been able to contribute her skills to an eclectic array of design firms on projects that range from Interior Design to Urban Analysis. These experiences have enabled her to cultivate her own design approach, and have provided the opportunity to co-author an article on Urban Planning in the internationally published MONU Magazine. Amy's expertise in graphics, typography and strategy has become an integral part of her design process and the foundation for her style of communication. She enjoys working on diverse projects at a variety of scales, which allows her to bridge traditional professional divisions. Amy believes that an interdisciplinary approach is essential to creating meaningful creative dialogue and comprehensive design work.

Grand Prize Winner - Student
Yau Cheung
George Washington University


Yau Cheung is from Hong Kong and currently a junior at George Washington University, pursuing a bachelor degree in Interior Design. Originally majoring in Biochemistry, Yau changed his plans after interning at a furniture company based in Hong Kong, where he became intrigued by the concept of interior design. "To me, designing a space is an art that people might not necessarily notice or understand but they can all feel and sense. It is not just as simple as picking a chair or choosing a textile, it is to create a desired atmosphere that is generated by combinations of color, textile and fabric, etc. I love how much surprise design can bring. Design by itself entails a lot of autonomy and freedom. If it wasn't for this design competition, I would never have converted what I have experienced in Japan into a tangible carpet pattern. It is almost like engraving the feelings I felt for Japan back then into a carpet."

Runners-Up - Professional
Cheryl Turnage
Creative Design Concepts
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Jenna Miller
University of Northern Iowa
Honorable Mention

Runners-Up - Professional
Jillissa Moorman
University of Northern Iowa
3rd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Lauren Shaw
Virginia Tech
Honorable Mention

Runners-Up - Professional
Stacy Toberman
Portfolio Associates
Studio Pick

Runners-Up - Student
Leah DeVries
University of Northern Iowa
Honorable Mention


Grand Prize Winner - Professional
Karen Bradley
Group One Partners, Inc


Karen Bradley is the marketing coordinator at Group One Partners, Inc.—a Boston-based architecture, interior design and purchasing firm specializing in the hospitality industry. With more than five years of experience in graphic design and marketing, Karen is an integral part of the marketing and design team that focuses on new business development and internal and external communications initiatives for the firm. She holds an associate’s degree in graphic design from Ballyfermont College in Dublin, Ireland and a certificate in design and visual studies from The Liberties College in Dublin, Ireland. Karen is also an active member of The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) and The Professional Association of Design (AIGA). She enjoys working in the creative industry and being surrounded by all sources of inspiration—from nature and architecture to typography.

Grand Prize Winner - Student
Emily Riebkes
University of Northern Iowa


Emily is currently a Sophomore Interior Design Student at the University of Northern Iowa, and works as a C.N.A. at a nursing home. She chose to get educated in Interior Design because of her love for different buildings and their architecture inside and out. Working in a nursing home has also given her perspective on how much an environment impacts a person’s well-being, both in comfort and safety. The designs I created specifically for this competition were based off of “Nature’s Natural Beauty.” As we constantly try to creep closer and closer to accomplishing green design all around the United States, I realize that we need to come up with creative ways to influence others of the same thing. If we constantly try to teach people about saving our environment by the materials we use in different products, why not express this idea by putting nature’s beauty on display? I based my design strictly off of the ripples and reflections of water. Any student would be extremely thankful for this opportunity and I would just like everyone to know how truly grateful I am. This is a great accomplishment that will help start me on my way to the career of my dreams.”

Runners-Up - Professional
Kim Hayden Holt
Design & Industry
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Agatha Strompolos
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
2nd Place

Runners-Up - Professional
Samantha Cash
Deacon Design, Inc.
3rd Place

Runners-Up - Student
Kacie Wasserman
Art Institute of Houston
Honorable Mention

Runners-Up - Professional
Carissa Thompson
Designer
Honorable Mention

Runners-Up - Student
Ryuehi Minami
Fashion Institute of Technology NYC
Honorable Mention