2012 PAVE Student Design Competition
November 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
During the first half of this semester, students from Tommy Lambeth’s [4th] year studio worked individually to design and submit entries for PAVE’s 18th Annual Student Design Competition, sponsored by B+N Industries, Inc. PAVE (The Planning and Visual Education Partnership) supports student designers by hosting yearly competitions specifically for college students.
This year’s store design challenge was to design a pop-up store for Bonobos, the online men’s apparel company. Competition entries were submitted by the 1st of November.
UNCG IARc is proud to announce that our own Abigail Buchanan, [4th] year, placed third in the competition’s store design category.
Abigail took some time to answer questions regarding this exciting experience:
IARc: What was your design concept, and how did you arrive at it?
AB: My concept for the Bonobos pop-up store was the idea of refinement. Bonobos was founded to create a new, improved fitting pant for men, so I wanted to emulate a similar industrial setting where artifacts are refined and produced. The fixtures I designed within the space expressed this same idea of refinement, as raw elements came together in one purified form.
IARc: What do you think was the most successful aspect of your design (what do you think caught the attention of the judges)?
AB: I think what I put most emphasis on in my project was how all the elements within the space related to one another. Additionally, since we were asked to design a store that could travel to other locations, I emphasized modularity and illustrated how the fixtures could adapt from one place to the next.
IARc: Describe how it feels to be third place winner. Did you have any expectations to place in the competition?
AB: I was obviously so excited to find out I had won third. Secretly I had hoped that all the work that went into this would pay off, but honestly I really wasn’t expecting to win.
IARc: What are your next steps in regard to this competition?
AB: On December 5th, I will be traveling to NYC to attend the 16th Annual PAVE Gala where I will be recognized with the other winners from the 18th Annual Student Design Competition and will receive an award.
Additional information about the competition winners: http://www.paveinfo.org/PAVEWinners/StudentDesignCompetition
Post contributed by Kara Harman, [4th] year.
Images contributed by Abigail Buchanan, [4th] year.