Furniture Design Major Receives Recognition in Leading Student Furniture Design Competition
Senior Furniture Design major Jake Blokreceived two Merit Awards in the biennial Design Emphasis Showcase, held at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA.
Design Emphasis is widely acclaimed as the foremost furniture design competition for students and offers design students a unique opportunity to demonstrate their talent and originality before a judging panel of furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives, and members of the trade press who have design-oriented backgrounds. It also provides a unique chance to experience an international industry trade show, make important career contacts and exchange ideas with other students from around the nation.
In May before the IWF show, students submit slides and a written description of their project to be selected in a pre-judging session. The finalists are invited to attend the Fair and to ship their furniture piece to the Georgia World Congress Center for a final judging the day before IWF by a panel of industry experts.
The competition recognizes and rewards these advanced level designs in five categories: Seating, Case Goods, Commercial/Office/Hospitality Furniture, Accent Furniture/Accent Tables, and Design Creativity. Among the fifty finalists, Blok was the only student entering seven different projects.
Blok was awarded in two categories. He received recognition for his cocktail table in the Accent Furniture Category, and his “Asian Flair” dresser in the Case Goods category. In the last competition, held in 2010, his entries received Honorable Mention.
In his junior year, Blok was a recipient of the Celia Moh Scholarship, which is presented to outstanding Furniture Design students for the remaining years of their college experience. In addition, the American Society of Furniture Designers named Blok the first place winner of the Student Design Challenge 2011. He also took first place in the Klise Manufacturing Student Moulding Design Competition.
Upon graduation, Blok will devote himself full-time to his business, J. Blok Studios, designing and crafting his unique style of wood furniture.