Formica Corporation

Formica Corporation opens student design competition

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Architecture and interior design students in Canada are invited to enter Formica Corporation’s 2020 FORM Student Innovation Competition.

Those interested are being asked to design furniture pieces that correspond to the theme, Blurred Lines: The Intersection of Nature and Technology. These designs must incorporate three different Formica Laminate products, including at least one from the SurfaceSet 2020 collection. These designs should be suitable for either a residential or commercial setting.

The submissions will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry and design professionals, including Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA, Leanne Ford, interior designer and star of “Restored by the Fords” on HGTV, Tristan Butterfield, regional brand & retail lead at Gensler Chicago, Vern Yip, interior designer and television personality and Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead at Formica Group.

The grand prize winner will receive $2,000 US and his or her fabricated design will be displayed at Formica’s booth at NeoCon 2020 in Chicago from June 8-10, 2020. The second place winner will receive $1,000 US and third place will receive $500 US. The top three winners will all be invited to attend NeoCon as a guest of Formica, and will be able to network with industry professionals and get a taste of the design community.

Email entries are being accepted until March 13, 2020. To enter, read the official competition rules and submit all entry materials to


Photo: Winning chair of the 2019 FORM Student Innovation Competition. Designer: Alyssa Holcomb, Edmond, Oklahoma. University of Central Oklahoma | “Shrug Chair” design is inspired by midcentury bent plywood furniture and features a comfortable look that invites people to “shrug off” their cares.

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