and the winner is…claire christianson, a sophomore at providence academy, chose as her inspiration object a painted porcelain art nouveau vase. christianson explained, “i was inspired by the media of the art nouveau vase. my chair’s form was taken from the tons of little ribbons of clay trimmings that the potter cut off in pursuit of his masterpiece.”
cooper hewitt, smithsonian design museum announces the launch of student design challenge #thinkoutside, its first-ever nationwide competition for high school students, inviting them to submit ideas for an outdoor chair inspired by objects from the museum’s collection. organized by cooper hewitt in collaboration with target, the challenge’s winning chair design will be manufactured by the retailer for exclusive use in the museum’s recently redesigned arthur ross terrace and garden.
above> vase, 1903; painted by samuel schellink (danish, 1876-1958); manufactured by rozenburg pottery and porcelain factory (the hague, netherlands); painted porcelain; gift of arthur altschul, 1994.
fellow [ finalists ] lauren schrempp (new york), valerie taranto (new jersey), ryan thompson (illinois), and tanner wall (florida), traveled to new york to participate in a design workshop at cooper hewitt with members of target’s design team and museum educators. on sunday, april 3, the finalists presented his or her design in person to the judges.
[ the judges ] cooper hewitt director caroline baumann was joined by a panel of creative experts to evaluate the finalists’ designs, including national design award winner walter hood, principal and founder, hood design; steven keating, head of performance footwear design, puma; rachel shechtman, founder, story; tana smith, youtube star “tanamontana100” and author; todd waterbury, chief creative officer, target; and tony whitfield, associate professor of art and design, parsons school of design. susanna sirefman, president of dovetail design strategists and competition advisor for the challenge moderated the panel’s deliberations. [ details ] #thinkoutside