NEXT Committee

NEXT Committee

NELSON Blogger
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Every year, the IIDA Northland hosts NEXT, a design competition that gives interior design students the opportunity to share their opinion on “what’s next” in the industry. The name is really fitting, right? Anyways, in past years’ competitions, the requirements were multi-media based and students were required to make a video that explained their ideas. However, this year was a bit different as Co-Chairs and NELSON designers, Ashley Wittenberg and Maggie Ziegler, decided to change it up a bit with some new and innovative ideas.

Instead of relying on the typical video, students could use any type of media they desired but were limited to three different categories: lighting, textiles, and furniture. After much planning, hard work, and dedication, students presented their ideas to two professional judges chosen by Ashley and Maggie, Peggy Martin, Head of Design + Editorial at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Bob Hest, an artist from northern Minnesota.

The three awarded students were honored at the IIDA Northland FAB Awards in late April.

The first-place winner presented a video about sustainability and the environment, and answered the question of, “What is NEXT in Textiles” by showing the judges how textile corporations and retailers should partner and end the wasteful act of discarding unwanted garments to create new fabrics that will tell a sustainable story.

The Second-place winner showcased a fabric book created to answer the question of, “What is NEXT in Textiles” by exploring customization, technology, and sustainability and how these factors affect the way textiles are made, designed, and where materials are sourced from in the future.

The People’s Choice winner created a lighting book that answered the question of, “What is NEXT in Lighting.” The book detailed how integration is next in lighting and how it can be incorporated into the built environment.

Overall, the competition was a great success and the changes were welcomed by the committee.