ASHEBORO (April 12, 2017)
Randolph Community College Interior Design student Heath Smith of Siler City was one of the finalists in the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library annual interior design and furniture design competition for 2017.
Sketches from RCC student Heath Smith’s entry into the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library annual interior design competition.
In the interior design category, entrants were asked to design a skybox for a music company incorporating commercial and residential components. Among the elements, the entry needed to include the company’s logo, its musical style and sustainable furnishings. The quality of the entries was so profound, according to the judges, that 16 entries were worthy of being finalists. There were 47 entries from 13 different colleges.
Judges for interior design were Christi Spangle, Barbour Spangle Designs; Bri Verstat, Barbour Spangle Designs; June Anderson, ASID; Kara Cox, Kara Cox Interiors; Marilyn Russell, Marilyn Ashley Design Associates; Rose Dostal, RMD Designs; Gwen Emery, NCSU; and Jessica Alpert, Gensler. Head Judge Christi Spangle said they were, “thrilled with the participation from different colleges this year and were impressed with the nice variety of genres used in this project. It gave a great opportunity to the students to show their personal aesthetic.” First place was awarded to Liliana Hasbun, a senior international student at The Savannah College of Art & Design.
The annual Bienenstock Scholarship competitions are open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college program of furniture design or interior design. Since 1984, the Library has awarded more than $430,000 in scholarships to students in hundreds of colleges and universities. Judging is blind—with no name or college shown with the submission. A distinguished panel of industry experts juried each competition.
The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration. It holds the world’s largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture, with more than 5,000 volumes.
The Library is located in High Point, N.C., and is open to members of the home furnishings industry, students and the general public. The Library was founded in 1970 with an endowment from Furniture World, a trade magazine, and the Bienenstock family. It is supported by a board of directors from nearly every facet of the home furnishings industry and is devoted the advancement of knowledge about design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes, and constructions.
Randolph Community College’s two-year Associate in Applied Science Interior Design curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in the field of both residential and nonresidential interior design. The focus of the studies is technical knowledge, professional practices, and aesthetic principles and design process.