STAMFORD, Conn. – A contest in which participants must craft a chair using only the materials found in a champagne bottle has named its winners. The annual competition drew more than 200 submissions and generated a $20,000 donation.
Now in its 20th year, Champange Chair contest participants must craft a chair using only foil, cap, cage and cork of a bottle of champagne. The competition is run by MillerKnoll modern living brand Design Within Reach, as well as Champagne Pommery, a French champagne maker.
This year’s winners were named Feb. 7 at a celebration at DWR’s New York studio. Three first place prizes of $1,000 DWR gift cards were given out, while two runners-up were awarded one $750 gift cards each. Prizes were for Most Original, Best Likeness (of any chair that DWR sells) and the Pommery prize.
Here are the winners:
The Hand Chair by Aspen VanHooser was selected by Champagne Pommery as this year’s Pommery Prize winner. Runners-up were the LC4 Chaise Lounge Chair by Stephen Neale (Best Likeness) and Wintery Apple Tree with a swinging seat by Evan Lorenzen (Most Original).
Judges for the contest were:
- Ellen Van Dusen, designer and founder of Dusen Dusen
- Erica Choi, creative director and founder of Superegg
- Daniel Rauchwerger, co-founder of BoND Architecture
- Tze Chun, founder of Uprise Art
- Omar Nobil, vice president of product design and brand creative for Design Within Reach
To commemorate the contest, the MillerKnoll Foundation donated $20,000 to United States Artists, a nonprofit that supports artists and celebrates their essential role in society.