Take a bow…and then take a seat

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While here at Contract, associate editor AnnMarie Marano's been wrapping up latest Materials column for the May 2009 issue, focusing on new uses of corrugated board, comes news of the finalists of the 2009 corrugated board chair design competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF).

Launched during the Spring 2009 academic semester, the two-phase competition invited students to explore the issues related to using corrugated board in design, construction, and production. Made from a naturally renewable resource, corrugated board is largely manufacturer using high percentages of secondary fiber like old corrugated container, old newspapers, or straw, diverting these additional materials from the usual waste stream. 

Entrants could work individually or in teams and had to be architecture an design students in North America. All entrants were challenged to design a chair—meaning anything that elevates a user of undetermined size off of the ground, comfortable, for an extended period of time. Use of previously used corrugated board was strongly encourage, no non-paper mechanical fasteners were permitted, and any type of glue could be used.

The first batch of entries were narrowed down to a mere six finalists, all of which were displayed and judged at the AIA National Convention recently in San Francisco. The judging panel—Oscar Fitzgerald of Corcoran School of Art and Design; William Hooper of Gensler; Don Pruitt of Quinn Evans; and Professor Isaac Williams of the University of Maryland—review entries with an eye on the following: clear and easily comprehendible design; originality; ergonomic comfort; aesthetics; cleverness of craft and detail; and the accompanying essays.

What is at stake? First prize garners $1,500; second takes $1,000; third wins $750; three honorable mentions pocket $350; and four merit awards win $50. Plus, the winning entries will be published in Crit, Journal of the AIAS this fall. The first and second place winners also will officially receive their prizes in Las Vegas during the annual meeting of ICPF and the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters this summer.

Now enough chit-chat. Bring on the eye candy:

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More info on the finalists can be found here.

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