Interiors and Sources' Robert Nieminen and Jenna Lippin honor the winners of Carnegie's student design competition.



Students from four NYC design schools—Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Fashion Institute of Technology—competed to create designs for high-performance wallcoverings made from thermoplastic olefins (TPOs). Carnegie hosted the competition in an effort to challenge the minds of budding designers. Students were mentored through the design and development processes by professors and Mary Holt, executive vice president of creative at Carnegie.

The competition encouraged exploration of sustainable wallcovering materials and development of unique pattern, scale, and texture. During a six-week development process, students learned about creating artwork, developing repeats, and techniques of dimension and pattern that would be suitable for contract wallcovering application.

Out of over sixty entries, twelve finalists were chosen to present their projects at the Carnegie studio to a panel of four judges with expertise contract design.



First-place winner Julia Grunberg from the MFA program at Parsons developed a design proposal describing the benefits of combining TPO and tile. Second-place went to Alexandra Goldberg (MFA, Parsons); third place to Mariel Levine and Caroline Edmondson (AAS, Parsons); runner up to Aldana Garcia (MFA, Pratt).

Speaking about her experience mentoring and critiquing these students, Holt said, “This process has been exciting, humbling, and inspiring; the vision of the future of design is holistic and optimistic.”

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