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Posted on 1/7/2014 by Michelle Daniels

SURTEX® announced the judges for the 2014 International Student Design Competition, designext®, that honors outstanding art & design students for exceptional surface design work.

Michelle Daniels


International Student Competition Guided by Industry Elite

White Plains, NY, January 7, 2014 - SURTEX® announced the judges for the 2014 International Student Design Competition, designext®, that honors outstanding art & design students for exceptional surface design work.

The judges will convene on February 3rd and 4th to view and score more than 100 entries from well-known design schools around the world.  Four winners will be selected and invited to display their work at SURTEX, from May 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City.  Each winner will have his/her portfolio professionally critiqued by the experts, and be invited to participate in show events to round out their educational experience. One Grand Prize Winner will be named and awarded a $1000 cash award.

designext®  has a history of judges that are well respected in the art and design communityThis year’s expert judging panel includes:

·         Dorothy Cosonas, Creative Director of Knoll Textiles and Knoll Luxe; recipient of the best of NeoCon Gold awards for KnollTextiles upholstery collections in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012, as well as for her textile collaborations with fashion designer Rodarte (2010) and SUNO (2013).

·         David Laubach, Director of Design, Avanti Press, Inc.; directs New York and Detroit Avanti creative teams for all product development, merchandising, licensing and advertising.

·         Bonnie Mackay, Principal at BMackay Consulting, recent Director of Creative & Marketing at MoMA, (Museum of Modern Art); directed and developed the MoMA Retail rebranding of the catalog, website, packaging, advertising, store redesign and in-store renovations.

·         Susanne Martinez, VP, Design and Product Development, SFERRA Fine Linens; duties extend beyond product development and offerings – head of the company’s design team, in charge of all product offerings.

“Having your work critiqued by some of the best and top professionals in the industry is a major plus for these students.  The experience and feedback they will receive at SURTEX is invaluable,” says Penny Sikalis, GLM Vice President and SURTEX show manager. 

In its 28th edition, this year’s competition theme will be “STREET INSPIRATION”.  Participating students are being asked to submit original surface designs inspired by what they think will be "street influences" in the year 2020.  Submissions are to include a collection of six surface designs for one of the following categories:  WEAR, WORK, LIVE and PLAY. 

For more designext competition details or information on judges, please visit or contact Michelle Daniels at  or 914-421-3216.

SURTEX is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, bringing together the owners and creators of surface design (artists/designers/studios/agents/brands/licensors) and manufacturers, retailers, marketers, etc., that utilize surface design for their product development needs.  The show also serves to connect, educate, inspire and support this community on a year-round basis through webinars, newsletters, online discussion groups and other activities.  Since 1986 SURTEX has been the single event and global resource offering the full scope of art selling and licensing under one roof.  The 2014 edition, slated for May 18-20, will connect some 325 exhibitors featuring the work of over 1,200 artists and designers from around the world, with over 6,000 attendees.  SURTEX was named one of Tradeshow Executive’s “top 50 fastest growing shows” in 2011 and 2012.  For more information on SURTEX, please contact Penny Sikalis at 914-421-3297,  or visit