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Durkan’s dscvr and the Future of Hospitality Design

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Meet Durkan’s 2018 dscvr Student Design Competition Winner

Each year we look forward to highlighting the talent of designers in the hospitality field and supporting the education of future designers through the Durkan dscvr Student Design Competition. This year we are excited to showcase the stellar achievements of our 2018 grand prize winner, Brianne Brooks.

In partnership with NEWH, a leading networking organization for hospitality industry professionals, we called for submissions of original and imaginative hospitality flooring concepts, and Brooks’ design, titled “Cosmo,” rocketed to top honors.

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Brianne Brooks ft with her winning design in the 2018 Durkan dscvr Student Design Competition. Photo c/o Katie Rawlings

Inspired by space exploration, Brooks focused on the drama of contrast between bright colorful nebulae and the dark void of deep space. The Utah State University senior says she hadn’t envisioned flooring design as a career path until the dscvr competition.

“dscvr really helped me see something that I am good at,” Brooks said. “In some of my projects this year, I have been able to incorporate some of my own original carpeting and wallcovering designs.”

Brooks put her winnings to good use, applying the scholarship to pay for textbooks and other education expenses. In addition she was able to pursue LEED Green Associate certification and undertake an internship. Brooks plans to graduate in May with a degree in interior design and is now considering a career in hospitality design.

“Being a part of this contest, membership in NEWH, and then getting to go to HD Expo and meet different designers will help me make important connections as I start my career,” she explained. “I encourage everyone to participate because the competition provides great opportunities and really helps you to see your worth as a young designer.”

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dscvr18 winner Brianne Brooks at HD Expo with Durkan’s Creative Design Director Elizabeth Bonner

Elizabeth Bonner, creative design director for Durkan, says Brook’s experience underscores the very essence of dscvr. “The competition is a wonderful collaboration with NEWH, where we get to discover and mentor the next generation of hospitality design talent. Through this program, we hope to show students the breadth of opportunities available, especially as they relate to flooring design and space planning.”

Enter our 2019 dscvr student design competition!

Want to see your designs on our carpet? Good news! We are currently accepting submissions for dscvr 2019, and all design students currently enrolled in a college or university are invited to participate.

How does it work? Student designers submit concepts for flooring in standard ballroom and pre-function settings, each created as separate components but coordinating together. Entrants are encouraged to view the floor spaces as blank canvases where individual designs culminate in one large design.

We’re accepting submissions for dscvr18 now through Friday, March 15, after which a panel of Durkan associates will review the entries, based on concept, presentation and market feasibility. “It’s always interesting to see how the design trends that make their way into colleges and universities correlate with what we are seeing in the professional field,” said Bonner.

Bonner also points out that students of any level of experience are encouraged to participate. “We receive entries from students at all levels of graphic design. We’re looking for designers who can utilize their tools in the best way possible at the level they find themselves—it really doesn’t have to be complex to be a viable entry.”

And now for the fun part – designers of the top two submissions will each receive a trip to Las Vegas to attend the HD Expo, May 15-17, where one grand prize winner will be announced and awarded a $2,500 NEWH scholarship from Durkan.

A second-place winner will also be recognized with a $1,000 award. Designs from the top three finalists will be on display in the Durkan booth at the trade show, and all winning designs will be cataloged and promoted by Durkan.

Your designs. Our carpet. Imagine that.

To enter the 2019 Durkan dscvr Student Design Competition, please visit the dscvr website Durkan.com/dscvr.

Who knows, this time next year we could be introducing your winning concept to the industry. Good luck!

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