And the winner is…

Posted by Jenny, BiOH Polyols Marketing Assistant on October 20, 2010

After much anticipation and over a month’s worth of social media engagement, we are excited to announce that the winner of BiOH® polyol’s Project UDesign is…Alifair by Ryland Quillen! Ryland is from Johnson City, Tennessee and a student at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).

His design, Alifair moved onto the final round of consideration on October 3, 2010 and had the highest online favorability for Project UDesign which commenced at 11:59pm on October 19, 2010. Ryland was awarded this honor and presented a check for $1,000 from Cargill’s BiOH® polyols business along with a royalty contract from Century Furniture this morning at the close of High Point Market.   Runners up, Emily Carpenter and Matt Gray received gifts from co-sponsor Toray International, makers of Ultrasuede® EcoDesign™ upholstery covers.

Project UDesign is the first crowd sourced sustainable furniture design competition with online consumer decision that was conducted through the BiOH® polyols fan page.  Students from SCAD put their talent to the test when they were challenge to create a sustainable wing-chair design that would become part of the Century Furniture® collection and made with Ultrasuede fabric and BiOH® polyols.

When talking about inspiration Ryland noted, “I thought about the concept of a wing chair, the wings providing comfort and a sense of enclosure. I realized, however, that if the wings are too imposing, they can block vision to the right and left when sitting in the chair. To cope with this, I decided to employ cut-outs, creating a window large enough to see to either side when sitting. The gently swooping curve on either side suggests the feeling of warmth and comfort without hindering sight. The legs on the chair are tapered and shown in dark mahogany.”

Ryland Quillen’s Inspirational video:

When asked about sustainability Ryland quoted, “Using sustainable materials in my design not only makes my chair earth-conscious, but also means that my piece will stand the test of time and become an heirloom passed through future generations.”

Ryland Quillen’s winning chair design: Alifair:

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Hittin’ the road to High Point

Posted by Nicole, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on October 15, 2010

Have you ever wondered where everyone in the furniture industry is during the entire month of October? Well, I have a little secret and if you didn’t already know… it’s time for the season’s hottest event for the Home Furnishings industry!  High Point Market  is “the world’s home for home furnishings” and runs October 16-21, 2010 in High Point, NC.  This is where the furniture industry comes together to share, collaborate and connect with some of the industry’s most influential retailers and manufacturers.

The BiOH® polyols team is hitting the road and headed to the beautiful state of North Carolina where I get to experience my first High Point Market.  Of course we are thrilled to kick-off the week at the Century Furniture showroom with the Project UDesign tweet-up on Monday evening.  Don’t forget that UDecide the winner! So hurry up and visit the BiOH® polyols fan page before 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. We will announce the winner at the WITHIT student mentoring breakfast on Wednesday, October 20. Check back for more details on the winner… Until then, watch this video about the top three SCAD student designs and view inspirational quotes on sustainability from passionate interior design bloggers.

Project UDesign at Century Furniture

In addition to Project UDesign, we will be visiting with many of our incredible partners who share the soy love for sustainability and BiOH® polyols. If you happen to be at High Point Market, make sure to stop by one of these manufacturers and inquire about their furniture with BiOH polyols.

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BiOH® takes on the Big Apple!

Posted by Nicole, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on October 4, 2010

On September 20th we took soy to the streets of New York City in an effort to continue promoting Project UDesign.  Thanks to the help of super connected design bloggers and twitter friends (@moggitgirls,  @creategirl and many more…); we were invited a the taping of the Nate Berkus show! As an added bonus we also attended the Rue Magazine launch party which was held in our Project UDesign partner Century Furniture’s incredible New York Design Center showroom on Monday night.

As you can imagine when you gather a group of trendy interior designers and savvy social networkers, it is quite the place to be seen. The shoe collection alone would make Carrie Bradshaw green with envy. Needless to say, Rue Magazine, a new online only “all things design” magazine kicked off in style. Would you expect any less?

A toast to the brains & beauty behind the Rue Magazine launch at Century Furniture’s NYDC showroom

This incredible opportunity enabled us to educate the interior design community about BiOH® polyols and the unique ways that we are leaving behind a smaller environmental footprint. Our message was so well received that a plethora of design bloggers are now supporting and talking about Project UDesign by spreading the soy love to their social communities.

Here’s a glimpse at these amazing blogs and their incredible authors, who we would like to thank a million times over!!!

Glad to finally meet Amy @abcddesigns and thank her for her incredible Project UDesign blogs.

Day two involved hours and hours in a holding pen to get into our seats at the Nate Berkus show. The group was amped up and ready to blog about the experience. Nate Berkus is an interior design icon, the Owner of Nate Berkus Associates and was often featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show before  launching his own series dedicated to all aspects of design. It was a remarkable experience to speak with Nate about BiOH® polyols and better understand how interior designers are making great strides everyday to recommend and use more sustainable products such as BiOH® polyols!

Check your local listings because the Nate show episode we attended airs today, October 4, 2010 and features Project Runway’s very own Christian Siriano. What a great tie into our own, Project UDesign!

Great seats in the audience of the Nate Berkus Show! Airs Oct. 4, 2010.

All in all it was a successful trip and an abundance of new Twitter friends! The design community as a whole is a tight knit family who makes even newbie’s like me feel welcome! I look forward to working with many of them in the future and I am so thankful for all the support around Project UDesign and the success it is bringing to our BiOH® fan page.

Don’t forget to DECIDE NOW! Project UDesign ends October 19, 2010 so hurry up and decide on the next sustainable wing chair design from students of SCAD. The top three have been chosen from nearly 2,000 people so cast your ballot and show support for these incredible student designs!

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