High Point Market is always a time for discovering new design and often new designers as well. This month, the market also serves as the unveiling of the winning entries in the 2nd national Raymond Waites Design Competition, a student competition designed to be a learning experience, as well as an opportunity to shine for student designers who will soon be entering the home furnishings industry.
This year’s winning entry came from Annie Beuker, a student of High Point University’s Interior Design program.
Best of the Best
The judges -- designer Raymond Waites, designer/professor Barbara Daher, and Merry Mabbett Dean, FIFDA, designer/specifier -- called Beuker’s winning entry an “elegant vision of a traditional/eclectic master bedroom with bath.” Beuker will receive $5,000, as well as exclusive tours of market showrooms as a result of her work. She also will be the guest of honor at a market reception to unveil the top entries on Friday, April 20. Waites himself is scheduled to host the event which is co-sponsored by the International Furnishings and Design Association’s Educational Foundation.
No stranger to accolades, Beuker is a Celia Moh, full tuition-paid scholar, a regular on the Dean’s list, a member of the Spanish National Honorary Society, and a Carolinas Chapter, IFDA Design Luminary. The graduating senior said she was “surprised, honored and thrilled” to be named the winner of the competition.
Waites on the Competition
Waites said while it was “difficult to choose a winner from so many wonderful, imaginative entries... Annie Beuker’s was the best of the best. Her beautiful solutions to the challenge of creating a master bedroom with closet layout and bath were outstanding.”
Elements of Beuker’s “humble baroque” theme that stood out to the judges were cove vaulted arch ceilings, Corinthian columns, Palladian windows, an adjoining balcony, and His and Hers dressing closets in the bath area.
Waites noted that “since most school curriculums emphasize contemporary design, the criteria requirement of creating a traditional/eclectic interior becomes a learning experience,” adding it “exposes students to the traditional-mix design projects they will encounter in the home furnishings industry and with consumer clients.”
If you’re a designer wondering just how much these students had to prepare or a student hoping to get in on the next competition, here’s the rundown on what was required of the student designers for their entries to even be considered.
In order to qualify for the competition, each entry had to include an essay describing the fictitious client for whom the design was created, an inspiration page, a floor plan of up to 1200 sq. ft., elevations/perspectives, color renderings, specifications, and one original design from their concept that would meet today’s manufacturing and marketing requirements.
The original product designs submitted included wall sconces, occasional tables, beds, an area rug, and media/entertainment centers.
Celebrate the Finalists
The winning entry and those of ten other finalists from around the country will be unveiled and available for viewing throughout market week in High Point (April 21 - 26). Check out the top designs at The Suites at Market Square, Space I-846.
As the competition was for students who may very well be having their first moment in the design spotlight, I’m quite happy to have the space to run all their names and school affiliations here. And remember, these promising young designers will be looking to become part of the work force soon!
And the finalists are...
Salt Lake City, Utah
Carley Denner, Howard Fugitt and Julianna Sneath
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lindsey Kendrick and Elizabeth Sterling
University of North Texas
University of Florida
Art Institutes International Minnesota
Stephen F. Austin State University