Cox wins second Knoll Furniture Design Competition

December 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Cox wins second Knoll Furniture Design Competition

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Shadow Cox

The second annual Knoll Furniture Design Competition winner (2013-2014) was Shadow Cox.

Cox, an August 2014 graduate, is now a designer for Worlds Away LLC, a furniture design and importing company in Memphis, Tenn. She has designed many pieces in the Words Away product lines – recently Juno and Mixon. One of her first projects bears her name, Shadow.

Cox is an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and was recently featured in the South Central Mississippi District Chapter’s May “Meet the Designer” publication.

In true Bulldog spirit, Shadow has asked that her scholarship fund award of $500 be used for future scholarships or projects in the Interior Design Program’s furniture design course.

Second place for the 2013-14 competition went to Claire Thompson, now at Gensler – Dallas; and honorable mention went to Robert Ledet, who is now at Gilbert McLaughlin Casella Architects, Nashville.

Cox’s winning design was created in Professor William Riehm’s furniture design course (ID 4693). The studio, sponsored by Interior Elements, is open to upper-level students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The 2014-15 award winners will be selected in July 2015, and the winners will be announced in September.

Read about the first winner (2012-2013).

Interior design students to receive furniture-industry scholarships

December 9th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior design students to receive furniture-industry scholarships

American Home Furnishings Alliance is awarding scholarships to two interior design majors studying at Mississippi State University. Junior Daniella R. Bower, center left, and sophomore Haley Austin, center right, will each receive $16,750. Congratulating them are directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

American Home Furnishings Alliance is awarding scholarships to two interior design majors studying at Mississippi State University. Junior Daniella R. Bower, center left, and sophomore Haley Austin, center right, will each receive $16,750. Congratulating them are directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

Two interior design majors enrolled in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are receiving scholarships from the world’s largest, most influential trade organization in home furnishings.

American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in North Carolina, is awarding $16,750 each to sophomore Haley Austin, the daughter of Judy B. Austin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and junior Daniella R. Bower, the daughter of Bobby and Kay Bower of Nassau, Bahamas.

The scholarships specifically target students planning careers in the furniture and home-furnishings industries and are majoring in business, interior design, industrial design or wood-products manufacturing programs.

MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute, directed by Bill Martin, selects recipients based on their commitment to the furnishing industry, as well as GPA and class standing. At MSU, eligible students must be pursuing furniture and home furnishings-related degrees in the Bagley College of Engineering or the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design; Business; Education; or Forest Resources.

“Given the importance of Mississippi’s furniture-manufacturing sector, it is important to develop future leaders in one of the state’s largest employers,” Martin said.

Interior design director Beth Miller congratulated Austin and Bower.

“We are always excited for our students who receive the scholarships and look forward to their continued success,” she added. “Also, I want to thank Bill Martin for making this scholarship opportunity available to interior design students.”

To learn more about MSU’s Franklin Institute, visit www.ffi.msstate.edu, or discover more about MSU’s interior design program at www.caad.msstate.edu/id/home.php.

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