Grand Prize Winner Announced in Summer Classics Home/ASID Student Design Challenge

Summer Classics Home, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Alabama, is excited to announce Allison Carrier of Samford University as the grand prize winner of their first design competition. Carrier received $1,000, an internship offer from Summer Classics and a prototype of her chair will be made.

Allison Carrier with Summer Classics Founder Bew White

“Allison showed a good mixture of intelligent use of materials, proper anthropometrics and aesthetically appealing design,” said Matt Scallions, Assistant Vice President of Design at Summer Classics. “She pushed the limits of the material to create something beautiful, strong and elegant. Moreover, the design language of the piece is consistent with our brand and could be an instant contributor to our assortment.”

Sixty-four students from the four interior design schools in the state of Alabama entered the challenge, where they each designed a chair using teak that embodies the timeless, yet intriguing Summer Classics style. The students, who turned in their projects on December 1, 2017, were judged by a team at ASID and Summer Classics on a three-pillar system based off of design aesthetic, marketability and manufacturability.

“I believe that this experience proved to be both valuable and enjoyable. We, at The American Society of Interior Designers are constantly striving to promote and support the profession of interior design,” said ASID Alabama President Mary Rooney. “We were pleased to participate in the creation and organization of this competition and are most grateful to Summer Classics for partnering with us to make it possible.” 

This unique design competition in the state of Alabama has allowed these students to be exposed to the best in the furniture industry at such an important time in their lives. The competition has also exposed Summer Classics to the upcoming, creative young minds in the design industry.

“I think that each student who participated benefitted greatly and was given a glimpse into the industry that might otherwise not have been afforded them,” said Jeanne Krumdieck, Professor and Chair of the Department of Interior Architecture and Carrier’s instructor. “The parameters set for the project at first appeared limiting, but these parameters actually demanded creativity not only in the design of the product, but also in the way it was imagined and presented.”

Allison Carrier’s winning design

Carrier, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla., who is majoring in Interior Architecture, was named the winner during a special event held at the Summer Classics Home Store on January 27. “I truly enjoyed the process overall from start to finish, as the experience cultivated creativity in a new aspect and industry of design I was not previously familiar with,” she said about the contest. “The parameters of the project pushed me to think outside the box to create a product that not only was unique and had never been produced before, but also still fit Summer Classics timeless style. I am honored to have been named the winner of the competition, and can certainly say I was enriched through my involvement in the design challenge.”


In addition to Carrier, two runners-up were awarded cash prizes as well. They are:

  • 2nd Place – $500 cash prize, Rachel Samaras, Auburn University
  • 3rd Place – $250 cash prize, Betsy Shuttleworth, Samford University

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