Autumn by Kiley Friese and Sam Busko (left) and Aspen by Brendan Barrett (right)
Autumn by Kiley Friese and Sam Busko (left) and Aspen by Brendan Barrett (right)

The annual student design competition just keeps getting better and better.

Once again, MCAD has teamed up with Twin-Cities-based furniture and home furnishings retailer Room & Board to host a student design competition. For the fourteenth competition, designers were tasked with creating an original design for micro-apartment living. 

The Competition Details

Students' ideas could explore furniture storage solutions, multi-function tables, home organization/storage solutions, and lighting. Designers were encouraged to think about creative solutions, eye-catching design, and functional usability. All 2D and 3D undergraduate and graduate MCAD students enrolled within the last calendar year were invited to submit designs.

From several submissions, a panel of judges selected the top five designs, which were then transported to the Room & Board Edina showroom for customers to view and vote on. Taking those customer votes into account, one winner would be chosen by the judging panel to receive a $3,000 cash award for the design idea and drawing. 

The 2017 finalists were: 

Autumn by Kiley Friese and Sam Busko

Autumn Coffee Table

by Jerod Jenkins and Geneva Fender

Arthur Coffee Table

by Brendan Barrett

Aspen Bench and Coat Rack

by Jerod Jenkins and Geneva Fender

Catch-All Hooks

by Loni Ayers

Lexington Open Closet

And the Winner Is . . .

On April 12, the finalists, judges, and members and friends of the MCAD and design community gathered for a formal awards presentation and winner selection at the Edina Room & Board showroom. Before announcing the big winner, the judges expressed how impressed they were with this year's submissions. They shared stories of several Room & Board customers trying to buy the students' work and then having to be told that the designs were not, in fact, for sale (yet!). They also stressed how difficult it was this year to select just one winner, and that they had actually decided to award more than just one of the designs!

Finally, the two winners were announced and awarded: Aspen by Brendan, and Autumn by Kiley and Sam.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of the participating designers. It sounds like you already have a growing customer base in Edina!