Wilsonart Challenge comes to UH!

Wilsonart International (www.Wilsonart.com) is a leading manufacturer of decorative surfaces for more than 50 years. Wilsonart Challenge is a student design competition Wilsonart International sponsors different design schools annually. In fall 2013, we are very excited to be selected to host this competition in University of Houston. The competition is to create seating products that celebrate the richness of Wilsonart International’s laminate surfacing materials. In this challenge, students will have an opportunity to design and build a unique chair. The chair must be built in full scale and be able to support 400 pounds. Each student is responsible to build their own chair.

The theme of this year’s competition is SPACE. The seed idea of student’s design should be inspired by the space in Wilson House museum. The Ralph Sr. and Sunny Wilson House is in a classic mid-century modern home style. The interiors of the Wilson house feature extensive use of decorative plastic laminates in innovative applications, most of which had not been seen before.  It’s truly incredible. At the beginning of the course, students will visit Wilson House to learn more about the space, mid-century modern design and laminate uses in the house.




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