92 | June 2018 | IWF Pre-Show Planner
by Robert Dalheim
email@example.com STUDENT DESIGN
Students compete in Design Emphasis
Renowned student design competition returns to IWF in August.
Students from colleges and uni- versities throughout the U.S. will gather for I WF’s custom- ary Design Emphasis furniture
A regular event at IWF, the competi-
tion offers students the opportunity to
show off their design talents in front of
a panel of industry-veteran judges. The
event also provides students with the
chance to experience an international
industry trade show, make important
career contacts, and exchange ideas with
other students interested in the same
things they are.
“Design Emphasis was a real showcase
of the talent, fresh ideas and energy of
the young people we need to move for-
ward in the woodworking industry,” said
Hank Long, Senior VP at Hooker Furni-
ture. “The thought, heart and soul they
put into their presentations is the kind of
work ethic and creativity that bodes well
for our future.”
In May – four months before the show
– interested students submit slides and
a written description of their project to
be selected in a pre-judging session. The
finalists then ship their furniture pieces
to the Georgia World Congress Center
for a final judging the day before IWF be-
gins. More than $10,000 in prize money is
awarded during a special ceremony.
The competition recognizes and
awards advanced level design in five categories: Seating, Case Goods, Commer-cial/Office/Hospitality Furniture, Accent
Furniture/Tables, and Design Creativity.
A prize is also given for Best in Show.
More than 120 students submitted
a project, from which 39 finalists were
Benjamin Rosenberg won Best in Show in 2014 for his Wave Credenza furniture piece.