The 2016 challenge returns on a bigger scale with four participating universities this year each competing to take home the title ‘2016 marina design star’.
Through its platform, Marina Design Star, Marina Home Interiors has launched its second edition – Project REMAKE 2.0, which invites senior university design students to showcase their individual talent for a chance to win a three-month internship with Schwitzke Group in Germany.
Marina Design Star campaign started on 26 May. This year, Marina Home is partnering with four universities, whose senior design students will compete for the title of “2016 Marina Design Star” by re-imagining and re-constructing the canvas product; one of Marina Home’s signature pieces. It is a reclaimed wood and metal side table, which provides contenders the convenience of detachable raw materials to reinvent with their individual vision over 10-days at the start of this month.
A distinguished panel of multi-specialty judges, including Karl Schwitzke, founder of Schwitzke & Partner, together with renowned professionals from the fields of architecture and interior design, will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of 10 finalists, whose designs will then go to a public online vote after the summer to arrive at the final winner.
The top 10 installations will form an exhibit to an elite audience at the Commercial Interior Design Awards held at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai on 21 September, 2016.
The winner, who will be announced on 27 September at a press event, will be awarded a three-month internship at industry pioneer Schwitzke Group’s headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, an opportunity the 2015 Marina Design Star, Zeina Khoury is about to embark on in September this year. Having just recently graduated from the American University in Dubai, Khoury has been a promising interior design student who is excited to start this new professional chapter in her life.
“It is an amazing recognition and I am really looking forward to my internship,” says Khoury. “I think every young designer should participate in this if they have the chance, as it is a great opportunity to showcase your talent.”
Last year’s competition saw a select group of 40 students from Canadian University Dubai and American University in Dubai re-invent Marina Home’s Morritios plate chair.
“Project REMAKE was introduced as a program to nurture the immense design talent in our community, provide them the recognition to push their boundaries, inspire them to pursue their passion through mentorship, and groom their individual ingenuity through training alongside the best in the industry; ultimately providing a springboard to advance their design careers,” explains Sahar Vakil, head of brand development at Marina Home.
“We are delighted that the success of the 2015 edition has led to more universities signing up for the 2016 challenge, offering more students the chance to win this internship with the forerunners of the design industry and giving their fledgling careers a significant boost placing them ahead of the curve, regionally and internationally.”