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Mt. Baker Plywood Furniture Design Competition

Winner’s Announcement

Pay It Forward Furniture Design

Western Washington University
June 7th, 2010

Four judges have reviewed and selected their favorites among 22 designs.  In addition to our panel of judges, students voted on their peer’s designs to decide a “students choice” award.

The objective is to design and construct a unique furniture solution for storage.  The storage is to be designed specifically for another person or organization for their current needs.  The furniture will be then given to that person or organization as a gift.

Mount Baker Products has generously donated all of the high quality FSC hardwood plywood for the project and has also donated $6000 for scholarships for the winners.


Here are the winners:



1st        Noah Jack, of Corvalis, OR. for Pitter Patter, an umbrella drying stand for the Whatcom Children's Museum.  $2000 scholarship from Mount Baker Products.


2nd       Ryan Hume of Bainbridge Island, WA. for Puzzle Protector, a case for the construction and safe storage of jigsaw puzzles. Designed for his 7 year old nephew.  $1500 scholarship.

3rd       Miguel Herrera of Oroville, WA. for Oruga, netbook storage and charging station for Issaquah middle school. $1000 scholarship.

Honorable Mention:
Will Wheaton of Moses Lake, WA for Dragonfly Kitchen shelf for Stepping Stones Clean and Sober Living. $500 scholarship.


Honorable Mention:
Samuel Martin of Seattle for Kindertrein, a children's playpen and room divider for a Child's Life Learning Center. $500 scholarship.

 Student Choice Award to:
Bryce Moulton for Capsa, an enclosed bookcase for the Outback Gardens at WWU. $500 scholarship


Judges:
Entries were judged on concept, creativity, functionality, structure, craftsmanship and form.  They were judged by Lisa Van Doren, Mechille Kiss, Jerimiah Welch, and Rachel Bjarnason.  Lisa is an owner of Ideal, a design shop on 1227 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham.  Mechille and Rachel are industrial designers at Tabar, Inc. Jerimiah is an industrial designer and owner of Rainshine Design, LLC.

Support:
The scholarships and all of the wood were generously provided by Mount Baker Products.  Thanks to Tim Shannon for being our supporter and advocate of the industrial design program at Western.

The Mt. Baker Plywood Furniture project involved the local community through designing for various organizations and donating the furniture to them upon completion.  Design students were required to conceive, design, build, and finish a piece of storage furniture that responds to the needs of their client. 

Other example projects include:

  • A coffee and tea shelving unit for the staff of The Sean Humphrey House (assisted living for those with HIV/AIDS) by Delaney Cunningham.

  • A portable equestrian saddle and riding gear stand for the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center by Kristen Barcheski.

  • A study desk for the Whatcom County Pregnancy Center by Martin Eizik.

  • A lockable oar rack for the Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center by Tyler Warren.

  • A costume storage rack for the Bellingham Art Academy for Youth by Justin Riehl.

  • A modular storage system for wheelchairs by Ryan Smalley.

  • A play structure and storage unit for Kid's World Cay Care by Anna Perrella.

  • A standing activity table design by Eric Forster for his brother Nathan who has cerebral palsy.

  • A first aid storage cabinet designed by Roderick Bentson for his grandfather.

More Photos to be posted soon...

Comments

Unknown said…
Fabulous designs! The laptop storage made my jaw drop.
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