After announcing the finalists of Avenue's 2012 Design Contest two weeks ago, when the February issue hit the stands, it was finally time to announce the grand prize winner who gets a trip for two to New York City to attend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
And that talented designer is Robert Faulkner, a 22-year-old University of Alberta industrial design student who has been a finalist for all three of Avenue's annual competitions. In fact, in 2012 he had two designs among the five that were shortlisted by our judges. But the one that they selected as the most functional and best crafted was Chute, a black-and-white side table with removable serving tray.
About 200 people attended the awards, held in Inspired Home Interiors ultra-cool space.
The 200-plus guests in attendance at Inspired Home Interiors, which sponsored the contest and hosted the event, were also given a chance to weigh in on their favourite and chose Jesse Poettcker's broken concrete table, Jessica, as the best among the five. Poettcker took home a prize for the Readers Choice Awards.
Readers Choice Award winner Jesse Poettcker with publisher Orville Chubb.
We'd like to thank everyone who came out, Inspired Home Interiors for their collaboration on such a successful event and the judges — Alana Gannon-Schilf, owner of Inspired Home Interiors; Robert Lederer, associate professor of University of Alberta’s industrial design department; and Kevin Porter, chair of NAIT’s environmental design technology department. As well, we'd like to thank WestJet for sponsoring the grand prize trip to NYC and Mercer's Catering for going all out on the food supply which, second to the designs, was all the rage yesterday evening.