NEW YORK–With her design Konichiwa Spring, Deirdre M. Cimino won the first rug design competition from the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association and Safavieh. A member of the Philadelphia chapter, Cimino will receive a check for $500 from Safavieh and will be presented with a 6-by-9 rug of her design.
Celebrity designer Jamie Drake and Arash Yaraghi, a Safavieh principal, were the judges for the contest, which was open to all IFDA members nationwide.
“The design enchanted me from the moment I saw it: Classical motifs of cherry blossoms and fretwork are charmingly updated with a soft yet mod mood that seems right for today and will mix well with updated classics as well as mid-century modern,” Drake said. “The palette of brown, white and pinks is especially chic and timely.”
“One of the criteria for judging the entries was the designer’s ability to use the ancient craft of rug-weaving to express his or her own unique aesthetic. But the design also had to represent current trends in color and pattern,” said Yaraghi. “Also critical was the originality of the design, its production potential and its marketability to a broad base of consumers. Deirdre’s design best met all of the contest’s objectives.”
Cimino, presently a full time graduate student at Drexel University, is working toward a master’s of science degree in interior architecture, but has been a designer for almost 20 years as well as a professor of interior design.
“I am fulfilling a lifelong dream to earn a master’s degree in interior architecture . . . IFDA has always had a place in my heart because of their work with students, and I’ve always had a passion for product design,” said Cimino. “When I learned of the competition, I thought I had nothing to lose and decided to throw my design in the hat. It was a great challenge.”