NEW YORK–The winners of Warp & Weft’s first rug design competition for Fashion Institute of Technology students were announced at a morning ceremony this past Friday, at Warp & Weft’s Madison Avenue location here.
Denize Sofia Maaloe received first place for her design, shown, for which she will receive $500. Her design will also be handwoven into a 6-by-9 rug by Warp & Weft, which will then displayed at the company’s booth at next year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Charlotte Rodiere placed second for her design and will also receive $500. Michael Mandapati, founder and creative director of Warp & Weft, announced at the ceremony that he decided that Rodiere’s design will also be made into a rug and displayed at ICFF. In addition, both winning designs will be added to the company’s signature Designer’s Studio collection, for which the company works with outside designers, usually well known artists or interior designers.
Students Carolina Mandia, Stephanie Gales and Michelle Parascandolo, were first, second and third runner up, respectively. Each will receive $250.
High-end rug gallery and manufacturer Warp & Weft sponsored the competition for the 24 students in the college’s Custom Rug and Carpet Design course, for upper-division Textile/Surface Design Program students. The students were tasked with creating a contemporary design in an open medium with complete freedom in expressing their ideas on color and pattern.