Formica Invites Students to Enter the 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition

Formica Canada invites Students to envision their “Design for the Next Generation” through the 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition.

The competition calls for participants to create furniture pieces using Formica Brand products in a colour rendering and project statement. Participants must use at least three Formica Brand products, including one (or more) from the company’s 2021 Specialty Collection.

2020 Grand Prize Winner “Origami” by Alexandra Clement

Students are asked to use their creativity when defining what a design for the next generation means to them, which could be furniture for a new learning environment for children, a post-pandemic workplace or a future-forward commercial setting.

The distinguished panel of industry and design professionals who will judge the student submissions includes Alda Ly, founder and principal, Alda Ly Architecture & Design, Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA, Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief, Interior Design Media, Renee Hytry Derrington, managing principal, North American design, Formica Group, Sarah Kuchar, owner and creative director, Kuchar and Vern Yip, award-winning HGTV designer and author.

“This year has been pivotal in the world of design as the pandemic has made us rethink how spaces will look in the future and how we will learn and engage with each other,” said Hytry Derrington. “Formica Corporation has always strived to embrace the next generation of architects and designers, and as we look to envision the next generation of design, I can think of no one better to answer the challenge than the students who truly are the future of this industry.”

The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash award and their design will be fabricated and displayed during NeoCon 2021 in Chicago in June. The second-place winner will be awarded $1,000, and the third-place winner will receive $500. The top three winners will all be invited to attend NeoCon as guests of Formica Corporation, and will be able to network with industry professionals.

The competition is open from Sept. 14, 2020 through March 12, 2021, with winners announced in May 2021.

Competition submissions can be emailed to [email protected]. For more information, including complete competition details, resources and rules, visit: