Esteemed ‘champagne chair’ contest names its winners

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 judges selected the Gaudi Chair by Alexa Minc as the winner of the Most Original category.

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.

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