Design Students Win Trip to Exhibit Innovative Concepts in Milan

April 6, 2009

PEORIA, AZ – LG Surfaces, the North American supplier of popular Solid Surface, Stone, and Eco Surfaces, announces the winners of its inaugural LG Surfaces Beyond Student Design Challenge:

  • Michael Rall, North Carolina State University, with "Echo" 
  • Soo Kang Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with "Outdoor Chair X"
  • Paul Vu, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, with "The Jinza Table"

At the LG Surfaces North American press conference March 5 and 6, each student presented their concept to an audience including commercial architects and designers, media, and representatives from the student chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAS), LG, and Sterling Surfaces.

This April the three winners will travel all expenses paid, to Milan, Italy, where they will join student winners from Europe and Asia, and exhibit their finished concept at Zona Tortona’s “That’s Design!” show which draws more than 80,000 designers and exhibitors from around the globe every year.

“The concepts presented by these student designers truly demonstrate the limitless possibilities of our highly-versatile solid surface products, both in terms of form and function,” says Mike Tasch, director of commercial marketing for LG Surfaces. “We’ve witnessed countless new design applications suitable for commercial environments in industries as varied as retail, hospitality and dining, offices, banking, health care, and education.”

Students have fully conceptualized their submissions, which can be viewed online at Each has specified material and color from among the LG Surfaces Solid Surface and Eco Surface product categories. With the help of Sterling Surfaces, an award-winning fabrication shop based in the Boston area, the winning concepts will come to life.

“Throughout the past 25 years Sterling Surfaces has come to be known for their ability to deliver outstanding results for technically demanding, unusual, and high profile projects,” adds Tasch. “With their support, LG Surfaces looks forward to providing this year’s winners the opportunity to see their work showcased internationally, network within their field, and gain exposure to top design professionals, media, and consumers from across the globe.”

Visit for more information and to view all submissions.

About LG Surfaces
A subsidiary of the global LG powerhouse known for its innovative and quality products, LG Surfaces (headquartered in Peoria, AZ) offers a wide variety of Solid Surface, Stone, and Eco surfacing products. Each of these product lines transforms ordinary spaces into attractive and highly-functional places where day-to-day life takes place. Because LG Surfaces products are low-maintenance, durable, and don’t harbor bacteria or mold, they are ideal for applications both at home and in a variety of commercial/public spaces. For more information, visit or call (866) 544-6227.

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