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Designers to Watch

Sept. 30, 2016

We here at i+s have had the honor of meeting so many wonderful and talented designers over the years, and now we’d like to return the favor. Every month we will be introducing design students and recent alumni recognized for going above and beyond.

IIDA has named the winner of its inaugural IIDA Booth Design Competition for the Orgatec Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany, which will take place Oct. 25-29. The competition jury panel included IIDA international board members and a host of industry leaders from top design firms and publications.

The 2016 Booth Design Competition at Orgatec, supported by Vitra–a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices, and public spaces through the power of design–provided students the opportunity to conceptualize and transform a trade show booth at the 2016 edition of Orgatec. This year’s winner, Kelsey Ballast, Student IIDA, has received an all-expense-paid trip to Orgatec, where she will have the opportunity to tour the Vitra Campus, experience the trade show, and see her design realized.

Ballast’s project draws inspiration from the opportunities that IIDA presents to its members, which act as a looking glass into other areas of the industry, educational prospects, and other members’ careers and connections. Using a window as a metaphor of these elements, Ballast’s plan is to create a compelling and powerful custom structure of multiple industrial windows that will frame the booth.

“We are excited to have a strong presence at this year’s Orgatec Trade Fair,” said Cheryl S. Durst, IIDA executive vice president and CEO. “Kelsey has created an IIDA booth that showcases the association’s mission of connecting the design community, and we look forward to featuring her design in the Orgatec exhibit hall.”

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