Students win scholarships for furniture designs
Travis Malloy's "Shelving Bench," winner of a $1,500 Mount Baker Products scholarship. Courtesy photo
Aiden Borer's "Stack," winner of a $1,500 Mount Baker Products scholarship. Courtesy photo
Six students from Western Washington University’s Industrial Design program received recognition and $6,000 in scholarships for their furniture designs as a part of the annual Mount Baker Products Furniture Design Competition.
The objective of the contest is to design and construct a unique furniture solution for either the Make.Shift art space or the Spark Museum for their current needs; the furniture will be given to those organizations as a gift.
A panel of five local judges selected the winning designs among 19 different student projects.
Three winners were awarded for their Make.Shift project designs. First place and a $1,500 scholarship was awarded to Travis Malloy of Vancouver, for "Shelving Bench," a bench that shelves flat art work underneath its seat; second place and a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Jonathan Mayfield of Santa Cruz, Calif., for “The Roadie,” a fold-out amplifier stand with a cable storage drawer. Third place and a $500 scholarship was awarded to Scott Broberg of Wenatchee for “Shift,” a shelving system.
Three winners were also awarded for designs for Bellingham’s Spark Museum of Electrical Invention. First place and a scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Aiden Borer of Lake Stevens for “Stack,” a reading bench with an incorporated book display. Matthew Lider of Bellevue placed second and was awarded $1,000 for the “Arc Step Stool,” a three-legged stool designed to allow children to better view the Spark Museum’s collections. Kathleen Mahon of San Antonio, Texas won third place and a $500 scholarship for “Incite,” a children’s book shelf and display.
Entries were judged on concept, creativity, functionality, structure, craftsmanship and form. They were judged by Lisa Van Doren, owner of IDEAL: Carefully Curated Goods in downtown Bellingham; Dell King, a professor of Industrial Design at Western; Ann Bargetz, director of education at the Spark Museum; Cat Sieh, a manager of the Make.Shift project; and professional woodworker Michael Flaherty, owner of Flaherty Woodworking.
The scholarships and wood for the projects were provided by Bellingham’s Mount Baker Products, Inc. For more information, contact Jason Morris at Western’s Department of Engineering Technology, at (360) 650-2514 or email@example.com.