The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, while allowing emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and fresh design ideas to professionals working in the field.

Design Problem:

OFS Brands is a family-owned, community-driven company providing socially responsible furniture and logistics solutions in office, healthcare, education, government, and home office markets across the world. Established in 1937 in Huntingburg, Indiana, OFS Brands has grown into a global leader while staying true to its local roots and core values of sustainability and craftsmanship.

The success of the marketing and sales support office at OFS Brands has played a pivotal role in the last decade of growth at OFS, but the workstyles and demographics of these departments have dramatically changed. It’s time to rethink their workspace and create a home for the next phase of OFS evolution.

The Challenge:

The 2017 IIDA SDC invites you to design the new marketing and sales support office at OFS Brands Headquarters in Huntingburg, Indiana. The office, located on the second floor, is home to designers, furniture specialists, sales, customer service, and marketing. This is a dynamic, energetic, and passionate workforce in need of a space that encourages and supports their daily activities and roles.

Flexibility is a long-standing tenet in the OFS philosophy. The world is changing quickly, as is the OFS organization chart and workflow. This new space should allow for this steady growth and evolution

OFS HQ is not just a workplace, it is also the company’s largest showroom, where the bestselling and most impactful products are displayed. The furniture budget for this project will be reasonably unlimited.

Submissions should feature at least half of the pieces from OFS Brands collections. Participants are encouraged to use pieces from other manufacturers when creating their design solutions.

Consider appearances from these key collections, as well as many others in the OFS Brands Portfolio: Heya, Staks, Coact, Genus, Re:, Intermix, Eleven Collaborative, and Mile Marker. Keep in mind that OFS, in addition to its standard products, consistently provides clients with custom and special orders, and there would be no better place than the headquarters office to take advantage of those capabilities.

To save on cost, OFS Brands has elected to limit major architectural changes to only the elimination of non-structural walls.


The Student Design Competition is open to students around the world who are currently enrolled at an interior design program or institution. Participants can enter individually or as a team (maximum five people).

School projects already completed may be reinterpreted and/or edited to meet the requirements of this competition. If the school project was completed as a group, all members must agree in writing to enter the reinterpreted and/or edited project, and all members must be listed as participants on the entry form.

Entry Fees:

Individual Entries:

  1. IIDA Student Members – $25.00
  2. Non-members – $50.00

Team Entries:

  1. IIDA Student Members – $40.00
  2. Non-members – $80.00


  1. First Place – $2,500.00
  2. Second Place – $1,500.00
  3. Third Place – $750.00

*Prizes to be split between team members for team submissions that win


A panel of three judges will evaluate the entries on:

  1. Innovation and creativity – 20%
  2. Coherence and functionality – 20%
  3. Human and environmental impact – 20%
  4. Fulfillment of the program requirements and additional contributions above and beyond the basic program – 20%
  5. Presentation – 20%

Application Deadline: February 5, 2017.


Liz Moran,
Design Competitions Director,
Email: [email protected]

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