UArts Students Are Top Winners in Annual PMA Collab Design Competition

ID junior Justin Martin takes first prize; Craft & Material Studies senior Kevin Bogan is third-place winner

Updated November 20, 2013

Justin Martin '15 (Industrial Design) took home first place and Kevin Bogan '14 (Craft & Material Studies: Wood) was named the third-place winner in the 2013 Collab Student Design Competition held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) on November 18.

In addition, work by fellow senior Wood major Marc DiGiaimo and Industrial Design juniors Casey McDonough, Ji Han Kim and Min Soub "Peter" Sim was selected to be included in a week-long student exhibition being held at the PMA. Museum visitors will be able to cast their votes for their favorite design online via Collab’s Facebook page, with a People's Choice Award winner to be announced at the Collab Design Excellence Awards Lecture on Friday, November 22.

This year’s competition, titled "Table It," was inspired by the work of London-based industrial designer Marc Newson, winner of the 2013 Collab Design Excellence Award whose "At Home" exhibition opens at the PMA on November 23. Students were challenged to create a table and to find inspiration for its design either from science, technology, nature or the arts. Martin’s winning design offers a social cooking experience by integrating induction technology into the table surface (pictured above).

The students worked on their winning projects with ID Adjunct Assistant Professor Doug Bucci and Master Lecturer Virginia Gehshan, who dedicated their Junior Techniques collaborative studio to focus on the Collab competition.

The annual Collab Student Design Competition provides a unique opportunity for regional university students to experience competition outside the classroom and to receive valuable feedback from nationally recognized industry leaders. This year, there were 180 entries from 10 different schools.

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