IFI WING Global Student Design Competition and Awards

The winners of the 2013 IFI WING Global Student Design Competition and Awards have been announced; interior designers Alina Boukovsky and Yirat Lorenz, from The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel win first prize with the ‘Blob’ project.

With 35 entries from 23 universities (twelve of which were IFI educational members) from 16 countries, the next generation of designers took part in the inaugural WING International Student Design Competition and Awards. This year’s winning entries were chosen by an international judging panel of renowned personalities in the world of design including Raymund Königk (South Africa), Nilgün Çarkaci (Turkey), Sylvia Leydecker (Germany), Kay Sargent (USA), Naoki Iijima (Japan) and Shashi Caan (Chair, USA). In choosing a winner, entries were judged on a list of evaluative criteria including conceptual creativity, originality, aesthetic, social and environmental considerations, ability to visually/verbally explain the ideas, and presentation skill.

The winning project was submitted by student Designers Alina Boukovsky and Yirat Lorenz, 3rd year Interior Design students from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel. Titled ‘Blob: Innovative Workspace’, the design team concept focuses on the personal space of people being dramatically reduced in the modern era as result of a demographic shift.

The design was influenced by the recent trend to create products containing a multitude of uses in one element, or convergences. Given this trend, they developed a workspace model that meets both functional and decorative aspects. With an iron rod as the backbone of the workstation, the MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) units threaded through the rod, moving around in a unique way, according to the required function. The center pole also doubles as a pass through for the power cable for the lighting fixture located at the top of the model.

“In my design projects I always try to find original, interesting and creative solutions, even for the most standard cases”, said Rishon whose connection to art began at early childhood.

Alina continued, “The ‘Blob’ project was really challenging and exciting experience for me, from an idea searching process until it`s physical creation”.

View the winning project here

WING is a worldwide educational endeavor involving Interior Architecture/Design workshops endorsed by IFI and sponsored by IFI supporters. Developed in 1999, WING seeks to exchange ideas and encourage creativity among young Interior Architecture/Design students working collaboratively with professional mentors, educators, local artists, and craftsmen to explore the practice of design. The program encourages free spirit and imagination by encouraging young designers to unleash the unlimited possibilities of design innovation. 

IFI is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. The sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organizations, IFI acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice. IFI connects the international community in order to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote global social responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide. Founded in 1963 as a not-for-profit, limited liability Company to expand the international network of professional Interior Architects/Designers, IFI represents over 270,000 designers, educators and industry stakeholders in the international design community in 110 countries on every continent, collectively representing practicing Interior Architects/Designers worldwide. Visit ifiworld.orgfor more information.

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