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Upstart furniture contest seeks innovative design
Jan 14, 2016

Think Woodworks has launched a design contest for U.S. woodworkers to conceptualize and produce a piece of furniture. The marketing and entertainment initiative began as a YouTube channel with founder Izzy Swan making how-to videos for amateur woodworkers. Participants in the Think Woodworks Furniture Design Challenge are required to submit a short video demonstrating their pieces, which must have been created between January 1 and February 29, 2016. A small panel of professionals will serve as judges. 

Upstart furniture contest seeks innovative design
Think Woodworks founder Izzy Swan

The winner will receive the opportunity to turn his or her design into a full line of furniture in conjunction with Green Gables Furniture. The line will be manufactured, sold and showcased at High Point, North Carolina, and at the Las Vegas World Market Center. The winner will also receive a tool prize package from FastCap and Bosch.

The challenge’s two sponsors are Bob Rouse, president of Green Gables Furniture, and Rob Evina, president of Woodland Creek Furniture. Evina explains, “Both Woodland Creek and Green Gables have bucked this [market] trend [of outsourcing production offshore] by identifying niche markets within the furniture industry…and growing while others are downsizing.”

Learn more and apply.

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