The PAVE Student Design Competition this year was a showstopper! We absolutely loved teaming up with such talented design students and working with our friends at The Container Store to bring this college-inspired design to life.
What is PAVE’s GlobalShop Student Design Challenge?
The PAVE Student Design Challenge showcases the winning designs created by passionate student designers from a variety of colleges, including: Bellevue College, Appalachian State University, University of Minnesota, and Fashion Institute of Technology.
PAVE does such a wonderful job of bringing together the best student design talent with store fixture manufacturers like us, and retail brand clients, such as The Container Store.
How Does The Design Challenge Work?
The clients present real-life design problems to the students who work hard to design solutions that address these problems in an attractive way! From their finished work, the best designs are chosen to be built by store fixture manufacturers and are unveiled at a prominent exhibit at the GlobalShop trade show in Chicago.
The student designers of the winning entries are also flown out to the Globalshop, Chicago, to proudly present their work in person.
About The Winning Design:
We are thrilled to have brought to life the winning Container Store design that was designed by a student at Appalachian State University.
In addition to selling products, this design will let The Container Store merchandise in a way that will inspire college students with ideas to stay organized, optimize their small living spaces, and infuse their dorms with color and personality!
For this innovative pop-up shop, we used MDF, Birch Veneer and Plywood Edge Banding to create an affordable, functional, and appealing design we were all happy with.
We look forward to seeing how The Container Store uses this design during move-in week for college campuses.
The Value of the PAVE Project:
We enjoy participating in opportunities such as the PAVE Project, where we can support talented student designers as they learn what it is like to compete for work and receive design critique in a real world design scenario.
Plus, winning students experience the thrill of having their work brought to life and get invaluable networking opportunities with the top design firms.
In fact, many participating students receive internships and other job opportunities!
As manufacturers, we enjoy giving back to the design community and supporting the learning development for students.
For the brands and retailers, they have the unique opportunity to receive top-notch design from a large pool of designers and select their preferred concept from these prototypes.
And, of course, everyone involved enjoys the enhanced exposure during GlobalShop!
Thank you to everyone who participated and good luck to all of the student designers and participants.