2022 HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition Winner


The winner of the fourth annual HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition is Chae Rim Kang from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for his design of the Fold chair.

Judged by West Elm Contract design director Paul Galli, this year’s competition asked students to design an upholstered accent chair designed for hospitality and commercial spaces. In addition to a $5,000 prize, the winner will also have their product manufactured by West Elm.

The Kang’s Fold lounge chair features soft materials and shapes, including a curved metal frame and legs that complement the contours of the padded seat. Fold is also equipped with a polyurethane foam substructure on sinuous springs.

“We were impressed with the fluidity of Chae Rim’s chair and its thoughtful juxtaposition of hard and soft materials,” says Galli. “We can imagine the chair’s distinctive silhouette working well in a number of commercial and residential settings.”

nathan spies of Sheridan College was named this year’s finalist for its Metro Adjunct Chair. The concept is inspired by cleanliness protocols stimulated by COVID-19. Made up of folded metal and leather, the lightweight design can be easily cleaned in high traffic areas.

Nathan Spies Metro Side Chair

Kang and Spies will be honored at the 18th Annual HD Awards on June 7 at Cipriani South Street in New York City. Buy your tickets today!

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