Two Canadian winners in the 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition

As part of its ongoing efforts to recognize emerging design talent, Formica Canada is proud to announce that two Canadian students have been named winners of the 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition for a fourth consecutive year. Tom- Elliot Monette of CEGEP Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu took top honours with his work “Voluta,” while Meaghan Maass of Fanshawe College (Ontario) won third place with her “Mooi Modular Storage Units.” New Jersey Institute of Technology student Dario Duran placed second with his “Psychedelic Table” design.

For a sixth consecutive year, the FORM Student Innovation Competition invited students in interior design, architecture and any related discipline from Canada, the United States, and, for the first time from Mexico, to create furniture pieces using Formica® brand products. During this edition, a panel of esteemed industry experts assessed 150 projects from 31 colleges and universities. Participants showed their creative prowess in defining maximalism which manifested as furniture with multiple patterns, distinctive architectural forms or vivid, eye-catching colours.

The Voluta design, created by Tom-Eliott Monette,
winner of the 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition
Mooi Modular Storage Units, created by Meaghan Maass,
who garnered third place in the Competition

“Once again this year, we are pleased to see that the FORM Student Innovation Competition is attracting significant interest from students and educational institutions in Canada. More than half of the 150 applications received, or 77 proposals, came from Canada,” said Christelle Locat-Rainville, Marketing Director at Formica Canada. “Every year, the quality of the proposed projects improves in terms of rigour and creativity. We want to congratulate all the students who participated this year, especially the two Canadian students who made it to the podium.”

Grand prize: Tom-Elliot Monette of CEGEP Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu in Quebec was the grand prize winner for his entry “Voluta.” This striking piece of furniture showcases harmonious curves and vivid colours and embodies the essence of maximalist design. Crafted from high-quality laminate, “Voluta” offers a stylish solution for storing and enjoying vinyl records.

“I think this kind of competition is a great initiative. It encourages innovation, learning and recognition for young students and provides networking opportunities for the winners. For those just starting out in interior design, it’s a great, not-to-be-missed opportunity,” says Tom-Eliott Monette, winner of the competition.

Second prize: Dario Duran of the New Jersey Institute of Technology received second prize for his innovative “Psychedelic Table.” This multi-tiered table design elevates the dining experience with a nostalgic touch, while its distinct levels add an element of visual interest and functionality.

Third prize: Meaghan Maass of Fanshawe College in Ontario was awarded third prize for her “Mooi Modular Storage Units” design. The Mooi modular units draw inspiration from the new maximalism movement and abstract rock formations and offer versatility and adaptability. These multifunctional units can be rearranged to serve as shelves, storage or seating, catering to various needs and preferences.

“I’m thrilled that my submission was selected in such a highly regarded Competition! It was such a fun design challenge that led me to explore a style I may have never encountered. It was also a great experience to explore the possibilities of Formica laminates and understand how many possibilities they hold,” said Meaghan Maass, third-place winner.

The top three winning students will receive cash prizes, and the grand prize winner will see his Voluta design come to life, as it will be manufactured and displayed at NeoCon from June 12-14, 2023, at the Mart in Chicago.

“The range of design in FORM 2023 Competition proposals reflects the wide diversity of the students’ design perspectives,” said David Correa, Competition Judge and Associate Professor at Waterloo University’s School of Architecture. “Their highly creative use of Formica laminates challenges preconceived notions about how laminates are used. Many of the proposals offer the first step toward new material innovations or unforeseen design applications.”

Honourable mentions: The other top 8 finishers, in no particular order, were:

  • Brooke Hebner of Georgian College
  • Jean Bachura of Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Constance Chu of the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Carlos Eduardo Miranda Cossío of the ISAD – Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño
  • Shellsea Coe of Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Nho Phuc (Kap) Nguyen of Dawson College
  • Eaman Kaddour of the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Iran Rodriguez Saenz of the ISAD – Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y Diseño

For more information about the winning students’ designs, visit www.formica.com/studentcompetitions.

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