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Bienenstock Furniture Library Names Design Winners

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library board of directors has announced winners of design competitions that awarded two $10,000 scholarships to scholars to continue studies in their respective fields of interior design and furniture design.

Christopher Eitel, a student at Kendall College of Art and Design, won the award for furniture design; and Adriann Welch of Randolph Community College won for interior design. In addition to the $10,000 awards, they have been given memberships in the American Society of Furniture Designers  and American Society of Interior Designers  professional associations. 

Honorable mentions were awarded to Ngoc Tran, Savannah College of Art and Design, in the Furniture Design category; and Alston Willcox, Forsyth Technical Community College in the Interior Design category.  All judging is unbiased without any name or school on the project.

The Bienenstock scholarships are open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college design program.  Each winner will be awarded scholarship funds during the April 2014 High Point Market. 

"Our founder, Sandy Bienenstock, advanced his long-standing desire to invest in the education and future of the furniture industry by establishing the Library itself and by initiating the Bienenstock Scholarships," said Russell Bienenstock, president of the Library Board.  "The intention of these scholarships is to encourage and inspire the best and most creative minds and help them to develop their talents. To that end, this is the second year we added a scholarship in interior design to our long-standing award in furniture design, creating two substantial national scholarships."

These competitions are a collaborative effort among the ASFD, ASID and the library. The ASFD founded the furniture competition and leads the judging.  The ASID sponsors and judges the interior design completion. The library hosts the competition and funds the scholarships. This is an annual competition and a new contest will be announced in May.

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