On Wednesday (October 21) Savannah College of Art and Design student Ryland Quillen was awarded first place in the Project UDesign competition for his Alifair wing chair design at a ceremony during the High Point Market this week.
Century Furniture, a cosponsor of the event, will put the chair into production next year using sustainably harvested and certified woods for the frame. Quillen will receive a royalty for each chair sold.
"The attention Project UDesign has garnered here at the High Point Market, as well as online from the public and the media over the past few months, has been quite significant – confirming that consumers and the trade want to see more sustainable products in the marketplace," says Yusuf Wazirada, Cargill's bio-based polyurethanes business unit leader, in a statement.
Cargill’s BiOH polyols business, the primary sponsor of the competition, awarded Quillen a $1,000 prize. The other finalists in the competition were SCAD students Emily Carpenter and Matt Gray who received gifts from co-sponsor Toray International, maker of Ultrasuede EcoDesign upholstery covers.