Celebrate with the winners of the Metropolis/DuPont "Shape the Future" Design Competition during DesignPhiladelphia

October 7, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival
This event is part of the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival
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Join DuPont™ Surfaces and Metropolis Magazine at the Philadelphia DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio to celebrate with the winners of the Metropolis/DuPont™ "Shape the Future" Design Competition. We had the chance to talk with DuPont Surfaces about their DesignPhiladelphia event and their collaboration with Metropolis Magazine.

Can you tell us more about your event?

Shape the Future is a joint collaboration between Metropolis and DuPont Corian and open to architects, interior designers, industrial designers, and students. The competition asks participants to reimagine Corian solid surface as a building and design resource, with the goal of innovating new, exciting uses for the time-tested material. Entries should envision how Corian can be applied in the design of structures, environments, installations, furniture and objects to breathe life into typologies such as Healthcare, Workplace, Education, Retail, Residential, Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Institutional and Cultural.

The event will include a brief presentation of each of the winning entries by the designers, and commentary from a couple of the judges on what contributed to them singling out the specific entries, followed by a Q&A session by the panel as well as a “meet and greet” time to celebrate with the winners and judges.

Who are the judges we'll get to meet?

Erik Tietz, design entrepreneur and co-founder of TIETZ-BACCON and Machinemade.  DuPont™ Corian® is one of TIETZ-BACCON’s go-to materials, incorporating it into a wide array of non-standard and high profile projects. Erik has been recognized broadly for his work, including recognition in December, 2012, as one of the Metropolis “Makers”; providing cutting-edge architecture and design in a workshop environment.

Krista Ninivaggi, a designer specializing in hospitality design ; formerly with the Rockwell Group, AvroKO, and SHoP Architects, and currently leading her newest venture, K & Co.  Krista was most recently named 2014’s “Designer of the Year,” by Contract Design Magazine and Young Gun 2013 by Curbed.com.     

Can you talk about the selection process? Were you involved, or did you end up with any close calls?

The process was a well-orchestrated selection led by Metropolis’ Magazines team of account representatives and editors.  The judges were given files of each entry ahead of a single-day judging event, where they were asked to choose their top picks.  Coming into the judging event, each judges top picks were discussed and scrutinized to narrow to the approximate “top 20” entries.  From this point, roundtable discussion was held to scrutinize the top entries according to the original direction provided in the competition design brief.  There were some close calls down to the end and in fact an additional entry was noted as an “honorable mention”, but clearly the top three gained the consensus of the entire jury panel.

I'm sure seeing the entries gave you great insight into the next ten years of design - were there any overarching themes or repeating stories in the re-imagining of the present to a tech-age environment?

A repeating theme that was interesting, involved spaces that created places of solitude and calming for users.  These entries ranged from office space refresh spaces to private outdoor resting places.

 What else can we look forward to from Corian and DuPont this fall?

It is an exciting time at DuPont Surfaces, as we share many new offerings to design community.  We continue to have activities associated with our 2014 Color Launch involving 29 new aesthetics for both Corian® solid surface and Zodiaq® quartz surface, including the upcoming art exhibit installation at our NYC DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio,  based on the DuPont 2014 NEXT Color collection, and designed and fabricated by Tietz-Baccon;  product launch of Corian® wireless charging; featuring integrated mobile device charging with our surfaces, and several Healthcare-related knowledge-sharing events at our NYC DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio.

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