Now extends to Mexicothe competition reaches out to more design and architecture students than ever before, inviting them to share their interpretations of maximalism in furniture design

CINCINNATI, September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Formica Corporation today announced the opening of the 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition. This annual competition invites students of architecture and interior design in the United States, Canada and, new this year, Mexicoto showcase their creativity with original furniture designs featuring Formica® brand products.

This year’s challenge asks students to submit a color rendering and project brief for a furniture design that interprets the student’s concept of maximalism. The “new maximalism” revolves around a maximum of colors, painterly prints and rich textures. It allows space to express individuality and unique perspectives. Students are encouraged to be creative when defining what maximalism means to them, which can be multi-patterned furniture, unique architectural shapes, or bright, saturated colors that catch the eye.

Student submissions must include at least three Formica® or FENIX® brand products, including at least one from Formica Corporation’s SurfaceSet® 2022 collection. They will have the chance to win cash prizes and national recognition and have their work featured at NeoCon 2023. The competition is open from September 1, 2022through March 6, 2023with the winners announced in April 2023. A distinguished panel of industry and design professionals will evaluate student submissions.

“Each year, we continue to be impressed with the unparalleled originality and inventiveness that students bring to this competition,” said Renee Hytry Derrington, General Manager of North American Design at Formica Corporation. “We are extremely pleased to announce the extension of the competition to Mexicostrengthening its international presence and celebrating innovative next-generation designs in more than North America.”

The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash prizes and their design will be made and displayed during NeoCon 2023 at Chicago. The second place winner will be awarded $1,000 and the third place winner will receive $500. The top three winners will also be invited to attend NeoCon as guests of Formica Corporation for the opportunity to network with industry professionals and get a taste of the design community.

Inspired by the creativity of design icons

The FORM student innovation competition is inspired by the original iteration of this challenge held in 2008, when the company invited 10 world-renowned designers and architects, including Jaime Velez, Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Bernard Tschumi and Massimo Vignelli, among others, to create works of art using Formica® brand products. Their creations, ranging from domestic pieces to conceptual sculptures, were then exhibited at the Center d’art contemporain de Cincinnati.

In the spirit of the original challenge, the 2023 FORM Student Innovation Competition invites the next generation of designers to express their creativity in these original furniture designs, demonstrating attention to detail, inventive design and creativity. unique point of view.

Registrations accepted September 1, 2022through March 6, 2023

Contest submissions may be emailed to [email protected]. For more information, including complete competition details, resources and rules, visit

About Formica Corporation

Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Broadview Holding family of companies, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative coating products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit or call 1-800-FORMICA™.

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Based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, wide view is a holding company that aims for long-term growth and value creation by actively supporting its operating companies. broadview The family of companies covers two industrial poles: energy and materials technology. broadview Material Technology businesses include Arpa, Trespa, Formica Group, Westag, Homapal and Direct Online Services. With combined sales of 1.2 billion euros and 6,000 employees, this cluster occupies a world leading position in the surface materials market.

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