Bienenstock Furniture Library names $10,000 design scholarship winners
Heath E. Combs -- Furniture Today, March 19, 2013
HIGH POINT — The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library has named Savannah College of Art and Design student Kai-Ning Huang and Virginia Tech's Xie Xin as the winners of its design contest scholarships.
The scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded at the April High Point Market. The winners were also given memberships in the American Society of Furniture Designers and the American Society of Interior Designers. The competition is a collaborative effort among the ASFD, ASID and the library.
The annual design contest was open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college design program. A scholarship in interior design was added this year in addition to the furniture design award.
For furniture, entrants were asked to design a visually appealing chair appropriate for mass production that could be marketed to the residential or contract trade.
The winner was the Delta Chair by Kai-Ning Huang, a graduate student at SCAD. The chair creates personal space in public spaces and is composed of mostly geometric shapes with a modular design.
In interior design, entrants were asked to design a project including both residential and commercial spaces to a set of specifications. Virginia Tech graduate student Xie Xin submitted the winning project, a residential and commercial entry called Harmony House, a center with a focus on runaway youth.
Students from 18 colleges and universities submitted qualifying entries to the competition. All judging was blind, with no name or college shown with the submission.
"Our founder, Sandy Bienenstock, advanced his longstanding desire to invest in the education and future of the furniture industry by establishing the library itself and by initiating the Bienenstock Scholarships," said Charles Sutton, president of the library board. "The intention of these scholarships is to encourage and inspire the best and most creative minds and help them to develop their talents."