Dalton—On May 6, Durkan awarded Corina Amarioarei the grand prize in its 2022 DSCVR Student Design Competition live on the company’s Instagram.
According to the company, the Durkan DSCVR student design competition was established in partnership with the Network of the Hospitality Industry (NEWH) to exhibit the talent of designers in the hospitality design field and contribute toward the education of future designers. Students majoring in interior design, textiles and other commercial interior studies from around the country submitted fresh and innovative designs for either a private or public space of a hotel. The winner received $2,500 and a feature in the May/June issue of Hospitality Design magazine, second place took home $1,500 and third place winnings total $1,000. This year, Durkan said it received over 100 entries. The winners were chosen from a selection of top 10 finalists by a public vote totaling over 5000.
Corina Amarioarei’s “A Magical Dance” was inspired by Disney fairy tales and ocean waves, according to the company. The Carleton University student said she was inspired to enter DSCVR because she is passionate about creating unique and exciting designs.
For second place winner Sarah Clark, she said she took a different perspective and analyzed mushrooms for her design entitled “Undergrowth”. The Savannah College of Art and Design student said she decided to enter the Durkan competition because of her professor, Katie Buchanan.
Emma Street took third place in this year’s DSCVR competition with her design “Fading Nostalgia”. Accordng to Street, her concept was based on the space’s function as a ballroom. The Savannah College of Art and Design student said she was inspired by the idea of dancing and frivolity as well as the study of light imagery. She said she entered because DSCVR combined two of her favorite aspects of design and allowed her to assume the perspective of an interior designer who wants to create movement throughout a space.
The top three were chosen from the following list of finalists:
- Amanda Rodier, Savannah College of Art and Design
- Corina Amarioarei, Carleton University
- Emily Caine, Utah State University
- Emma Street, Savannah College of Art and Design
- Erica Evans, Utah State University
- Krista Miller, Savannah College of Art and Design
- Molly Hercules, Utah State University
- Rikkell Nothem, Kirkwood Community College
- Sarah Clark, Savannah College of Art and Design
- Savannah Horton, Utah State University