Meredith Corporation and Delta Faucet Announce Winners of Second Annual Designers of Tomorrow Contest

Local Students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Awarded Scholarships for their Innovative and Functional Product Designs for the Home

Jun 13, 2011, 21:00 ET from Delta Faucet Company

CHICAGO, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to innovation in design, Delta Faucet has partnered with Meredith Corporation, the nation's leading publisher of top-selling consumer magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, to announce the 2011 winners of the second annual Designers of Tomorrow contest. Honoring the future of innovative design, three students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago were chosen based on their unique and functional designs using one or more Delta® product in a residential application outside of the kitchen and bathroom.

The winning students were awarded academic scholarships totaling $10,000 from Meredith Corporation for their standout designs in the following categories: overall design, Readers' Choice, and Students' Choice. In addition to their scholarships, the students, along with photos of their winning designs, were showcased in the June 2011 issues of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Ready Made, and Modern Living and were also recognized at a private reception on Monday, June 13, featuring some of the top names from the design and art community.

"The Designers of Tomorrow Contest provides Delta Faucet with the opportunity to work with the next generation of designers," said Judd Lord, director of industrial design, Delta Faucet Company. "We hope that the contest will serve as inspiration for the students, pushing them to be innovative by thinking of ways to create designs that utilize fixtures and water in an unconventional way."

Grand prize winner Alysse Filipek received a $5,000 scholarship, and the Readers' Choice Winner, Jamie Sandy, and the Students' Choice Winner, Zhe Zhang, both received a $2,500 scholarship. The awards were presented to the winners by Steve Levinson, VP/Group Publisher, Meredith and Mary McCullough, Channel Manager, Delta Faucet Company at the private reception.  

Filipek's winning design, "Revive," is a lamp specifically intended to battle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The design features the Delta Pilar® pull-down kitchen faucet paired with the Dryden™ showerhead to create the overall structure of the lamp.

Sandy's design, "Bamboo-Cero," received the Readers' Choice Award.  The design showcases the Delta Vero™ showerhead in a sculptural design of fountains located in a residential bamboo garden. The showerheads represent the leaves on the bamboo stems, which consist of metal piping.

The Students' Choice Winner, Zhang, created the "Umbrella Pot," which was inspired by the concept of using an umbrella-shaped figure as a flower pot. The upside-down umbrella pot incorporates a Delta faucet as the handle, which directly waters the flowers. The permeable fabric of the umbrella allows the water to flow in and out of the pot.

The judging panel for the Designers of Tomorrow Contest consisted of Susan Fredman, Susan Fredman Design Group; Martin Horner, Soucie Horner Ltd.; Kathy Manzella, de Giulio Kitchen Design; Missi Tate, Delta Faucet Company; Judd Lord, Delta Faucet Company; George Aye, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Liz Armstrong, ReadyMade; Carol Schalla, Midwest Living; Amy Elbert, Traditional Home and Kit Selzer, Better Homes and Gardens.

Visit to learn more about the contest and view the winning designs.

About Delta Faucet

There is a philosophy at the heart of every Delta® product: there is a better way to live with water. It goes beyond excellent design to incorporate smart thinking that anticipates people's needs. From Touch2O® Technology that turns faucets on and off with just a touch, to a DIAMOND™ valve that helps the faucet last up to 5 million uses, Delta faucets incorporate thoughtful features that delight. Paired with beautiful inspirational design, it's another way that Delta is more than just a faucet.

A worldwide leader in faucets and related accessories, Delta Faucet sells products in more than 53 countries.  For more information visit or call toll-free at 800-345-DELTA (3358).

Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home and family, including Behr® paint, Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures, KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets, Milgard® windows and doors and Verve™ lighting systems.  Masco is also a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products through Masco Contractor Services and Masco Home Services. Visit for more information on the Masco family of brands.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures and performances. For more information, please visit

About Meredith Corporation

Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; is the leading media and marketing company serving American women.  Meredith features multiple well-known national brands – including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Fitness, More and American Baby – along with local television brands in fast-growing markets.  Meredith is the industry leader in creating content in key consumer interest areas such as home, family, health and wellness and self-development.  Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms – including print, television, online, mobile, tablets and video – to give consumers content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. According to the Advertising Industry Reports (AIR) survey of over 1,500 agency and marketing professionals, Meredith is the nation's "Highest Rated Media Company."

Additionally, Meredith uses its many assets to create powerful custom marketing solutions for many of the nation's top brands and companies. Meredith has significantly added to its marketing solution capabilities in recent years through the acquisition of cutting-edge companies in areas such as digital, mobile, word-of-mouth, social and database marketing.

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