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IWF recognizes top students

There were six winners in the Design Emphasis student furniture competition at the 2022 IWF in Atlanta.

(Clockwise, from top left) Best in Show: Tea Towel cart by Rebecca Juliette-Deax, made with thermally-modified ash, that features a removable glass top and fixed bottom tray with handwoven textile; Accent Tables: Pattern Ply Sofa Table by Cam McGookey; Case Goods: Holly Cabinet by Seth Lawrence; Commercial/Office/Hospitality Furniture: Nest Lounge Chair by Soojung Yoo.

(Clockwise, from top left) Best in Show: Tea Towel cart by Rebecca Juliette-Deax, made with thermally-modified ash, that features a removable glass top and fixed bottom tray with handwoven textile; Accent Tables: Pattern Ply Sofa Table by Cam McGookey; Case Goods: Holly Cabinet by Seth Lawrence; Commercial/Office/Hospitality Furniture: Nest Lounge Chair by Soojung Yoo.

The competition recognizes and rewards advanced-level designs in five categories: Seating; Case Goods; Commercial/Office/Hospitality Furniture; Accent Furniture/Tables, and Design Creativity. A prize is also given for the Best of Show, won by Rebecca Juliette-Duex, a graduate of Haywood Community College in Clyde, N.C., for the Tea Towel cart.

“I was honored just to be accepted into the competition and so impressed with all of the work in Design Emphasis at IWF 2022. I’m still pinching myself that my piece won the Best in Show award,” Juliette-Duex told Woodshop News.

Design Creativity: Crawling Chair by Banner Knowles

Design Creativity: Crawling Chair by Banner Knowles

“As a recent graduate, most of my work has only been seen within the confines of my program. Having recognition from the amazing panel of judges is empowering and gives me more motivation to continue in the field. The Tea Towel Cart is an original design combining my love of woodworking, textiles, and vintage furniture. Knowing that others have a positive response to something that I designed and built fills me with joy. I hope that it inspires others to follow their creative dreams and to make the things that their hearts desire.”

Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., had two category winners: Seth Larence (Case Goods) and Banner Knowles (Design Creativity).

Seating: Dining Chair by Xiaorui Yinww.

Seating: Dining Chair by Xiaorui Yinww.

The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. also had two winners: Soojung Yoo (Commercial/Office/Hospitality Furniture) and Xiaorui Yin (Seating).

Cam McGookey, from the Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis, won the Accent Furniture/Tables category.

Finalists in Design Emphasis got to show their work on the show floor.

Finalists in Design Emphasis got to show their work on the show floor.

Judges were Jackie Hirschhaut of the American Home Furnishings Alliance; Kelly Peterson of Hearst Integrated Media; Gat Caperton, CEO of Gat Creek; Ethan Abramson of Ethan Abramson Furniture; Leigh Kivowitz Spencer, managing partner of Alabama Sawyer; Cliff Spencer, founding partner of Alabama Sawyer, and Hoa Vo, assistant professor at the Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. 

This article was originally published in the November 2022 issue.

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