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On Thursday October 20, at the Henry Clay Beaux Arts Ballroom in downtown Louisville, the Louisville/Lexington City Center hosted “Product Runway,” a nationwide annual event sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). To participate, a firm or team of designers is paired with a manufacturer of interior finish materials, like carpet, tile, wall covering, etc. Then, emulating television’s popular reality show, ‘Project Runway’, each team is charged with creating a couture ensemble that is constructed of and showcases the products of their specified manufacturer. Finally, weeks of design and fabrication culminate with a fashion show of each team’s garment walking a runway in front of a panel of judges.
Of the seventeen competing teams two included students from the UK/CoD, School of Interior Design. Both teams were presented with top awards. Team #3, paired with OM Workspace and Teknion, was given the ‘Da Vinci Award’ for transforming and conveying their initial concept in the final garment. Team #4, paired with Deborah Drury Interior Design and Johnsonite, took first place, the highest honor of the competition.
Team #3 was comprised of Cathy Johnson and Maria Bowling, with OM Workspace, Angie Clayton with Teknion and the following Interior Design students: Jessica Brake, Meredith Jones, Carrie Marcum, Sabrina Mason, Taylor Moore, Veronica Polinedrio, Angela Russo, Shannon Senderling and Olivia Steitz (also the model).
Team #4 consisted of Deborah Drury, ASID of Deborah Drury Interior Design and Lori Gibson with CDC Distributers representing the manufacturer Johnsonite, along with the following Interior Design students: Rula Al-Obaidi, Lexie Foellger, Elizabeth Harr, Abby Hyland, McKenzie Jolly, Gracie Vinyard.
To commemorate the efforts and achievements of both teams, the School of Interior Design will present a show in the Peace Gallery, room 103 in Funkhouser Building, from Tuesday November 1, through Thursday November 10. Please join us for the opening on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00.