Sherwin-Williams has revealed the winners of its 10th annual StudentDesign Challenge, a competition that recognizes the growing talent of design students across North America.
“The Sherwin-Williams annual Student Design Challenge is a professional competition, but it’s specifically for interior design students, so it gives future designers the opportunity to showcase their work in front of a national audience,” Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, told InspireDesign. “It also challenges students to use color as their main design tool in a project and helps them understand the impact it has on a space.”
Designs were accepted in both the residential and commercial categories, with first-, second- and third-place winners awarded in each, along with a “fan favorite” winner chosen by popular vote on Facebook.
“The Student Design Challenge gives the next generation of designers the opportunity to network with potential future employers and colleagues, which is vital to helping them take the next step in their careers. Hospitality design covers such a wide range of projects, from restaurants to hotels, that a competition like this encourages future designers to think about how to use color to evoke a certain type of feeling or aesthetic in a space, depending on the end goal,” Wadden said.
Students were asked to submit color renderings and project statements describing their design and use of color. Submissions were judged by a panel of respected designers, including Wadden; Nicole White, CEO/principal designer of Nicole White Designs Interiors; and Sven Shockey, VP/design director at SmithGroup.
“If you think about all of the hospitality spaces—restaurants, hotels, bars, spas, gyms—you encounter on a regular basis it becomes clear quickly that the design possibilities for these spaces are endless,” Wadden said. “That’s why hospitality design is a rewarding career—there is no limit with what you can do from a design perspective and that is so exciting.”
Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge 2020 winners:
- First place: Marya Wozniuk, American Rivers College, “Eclectic NYC Penthouse”
- Second place: Katie Krauter, Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, “Shipping Container Desert Homestead”
- Third place: Natasha Di Paola, Humber College, “Natasha Di Paola”
- Fan favorite: Alexis Judy, East Carolina University, “Mountain House Hideaway”
- First place: Andre Silvestre, Suffolk University, “Boston Intergenerational Community Center” (pictured above)
- Second place: Hannah Halverson, Iowa State University, “Fresh and Fauves”
- Third place: Ankita Gogne, California State Polytechnic, “Reunirse Mexican Center of Culture and Art”
- Fan favorite: Robbie Deason, Savannah College of Art and Design, “Revive Senior Living”
“I was blown away by the depth of creativity shown in each of the winning designs and how they used color to create captivating spaces that I wish existed in real life. I can’t wait to see these students enter the professional world and continue to create beautiful projects,” Wadden said.
She added, “In a future that is difficult to define, design will be critical to a post-COVID future. It’s a daily case of we don’t know what we don’t know, and that causes uncertainty, fear and crisis. Innovative students will define new solutions that carry us into the future and make this world a better, healthier place.”