The ASID Foundation has a number of annual scholarships and grant opportunities available to expand research and knowledge around the impact of interior design on behavior, health, and well-being. Meet the 2020 ASID Foundation scholarship and grant recipients.
The Sustainable Furnishings Education Fund
The Sustainable Furnishings Council is dedicated to promoting healthy environments inside and out. SFC provides the most comprehensive information on environmental, safety, and health issues in the home furnishings industry and champions initiatives that improve products and processes. The SFC and its Members work to address sustainability and social issues, and offer clear information to consumers, the media, and other partners.
Founded in 2006, SFC is made up of nearly 400 companies that are involved in the residential furnishings industry as suppliers of materials, manufacturers of all kinds of furnishings products, stores, design firms, media, and environmental NGO's. Each company has a corporate commitment to sustainability, to transparency, and to continuous improvement. We make it our business to support members in realizing their own commitment, providing guidance, resources, education, networking and marketing support.
In 2017 we formed the Sustainable Furnishings Education Fund, 501c3, to broaden our reach beyond our members. SFC and SFEF work together to deliver on the missions of both organizations.
The dual mission of The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) is to help companies and professionals in all segments of the residential furnishings industry reduce their environmental footprints, and to help consumers find the healthy furnishings that they prefer.
In recent decades, new kinds of chemicals with attractive properties have been utilized in many consumer products, including home furnishings. However, some of these chemicals are toxic, polluting our outdoor and indoor environments.
Concerned with reducing and eventually eliminating exposure to the toxic chemicals most often found in furnishings, SFC launched the “What’s it made of?” initiative. The goals are to encourage transparency in supply chains and stimulate innovation towards the elimination of the harmful chemicals.
To reach the goal, we need to expand and amplify the “What’s it made of?” initiative. Because designers interface directly with consumers and are in a position to influence manufacturers’ choices, we particularly want to provide them with information to protect the health and welfare of their clients in a useful format. This application is for funding a preliminary project to survey designers within the SFC and our partners reach to clarify their current level of understanding about the handful of hazardous chemicals most commonly found in furnishings, including where they occur and what adverse health effects they are associated with.
Savannah College of Art and Design
Crystal Martin, Student ASID
Crystal Martin is an innovative designer focusing on creating interior spaces that have balance. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as well as the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Southeast Chapter (ICAASE) and is earning her Master of Fine Arts interior design degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She also has an undergraduate degree with minors in drawing and architectural history. As a student, she has won numerous design awards from the ASID community as well as several International Design Awards for Institutional, Hotels & Resorts, as well as Retail projects.
As an interior designer, her design philosophy relies on juxtaposition; balancing history, the present and future in order to create timeless sustainable designs that can be coveted through the tests of time. Her design process starts by looking at the bigger picture down to the fine details, concentrating on wellness for the users, psychologically, physically, as well as an expression for evoking knowledge through the spaces. Her inspiration derives from her experiences growing up in New York City and living in Florence, Milan and Seoul, embodying American, European and Asian influences.
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Meta-luxury is a term coined by Manfredi Ricca and Rebecca Robins in a book called ‘Meta-luxury: Brands and the Culture of Excellence.’ The term observes a cultural and economic paradigm that bases excellence as a conviction rather than a luxury convention. While the term “luxury,” has become diluted over time, meta-luxury is “luxury beyond luxury.”
Although there are a variety of philosophical, religious and artistic references, what encapsulates meta-luxury are the notions of knowledge, purpose, and the pursuit of timelessness embodied in a unique achievement that can be identified through the four pillars of craftsmanship, focus, history, and rarity consecutively (Ricca & Robins, 2012). Craftsmanship is described as ‘a unique conception and innovation;’ focus concerns with ‘specialization, concentration, expertise, and proficiency;’ history relates to ‘sustained achievements in time;’ and rarity is explained as ‘a singular, wondrous, one-off achievement that stands the test of time.’
Through the analysis of the four pillars, we may create guidelines to apply to a meta-luxury interior space through a historical, theoretical framework and the classical arts, with a concentration on providing wellness through the “meta-luxury” experience that ‘seamlessly connects culture and a long-term business performance.’
University of Edinburgh
Madison Sacramone, Student ASID
Madison Sacramone is an Interior Design student on a mission to change the world by design. Growing up in New York, she wanted nothing more than to share her compassion and channeled this through storytelling in her art. When the question of college came about during her junior year of high school, she began a journey to discover what she wanted to do. Assisted by her mother, she started an online Fair Trade & Handmade boutique to work with global artisans worldwide. Her passion for human connection and wellbeing led her to pursue her undergraduate degree in Interior Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where many of her projects evaluated sustainability and people-centric design. Through her experiences at SCAD, Madison grew as an artist and designer, especially from her time studying in Lacoste, France. During her time abroad she found a new appreciation for travel and began to look at the natural and built environment differently.
Madison will be pursuing her second degree at the University of Edinburgh: a Master’s degree in Advanced Sustainable Design.
Research indicates that homelessness is a revolving-door crisis in the United States, suggesting that innovative interior design methods have the opportunity to alleviate this national crisis. In the past three years, New York City alone has seen a 64% increase in homelessness across diverse demographics. This country has an obvious need for emergency housing and Homeless Shelters are only a temporary solution. This Capstone project synthesizes the need for supportive housing solutions in New York City and other urban areas as a modular prototype that may retro-fit to existing structures.
The core of the research applied in the design stems from the “housing first model,” which suggests that a person’s past does not dictate their future success. Once an individual receives suitable housing this provides the foundation for future success.
An evolution of research to applied design results in a completed project which demonstrates a model for a supportive housing facility. Located in New York City, within a previously-occupied parking structure, this building severs a new purpose to provide a sense of belonging to displaced individuals with sustainability and wellbeing as key design drivers.
Master of Interior Architecture
Cynthia Andujar, Student ASID
Cynthia Andujar is a graduate student in the Master of Interior Architecture program at Chatham University. She was previously an engineer, and felt most fulfilled when collaborating with end users. She transitioned into design when she realized she wanted to design for more than just function. Cynthia decided to bridge her technical knowledge with her passion for the arts to better serve people and the environment. Cynthia was born in Peru, attended French school in Montreal, and learned English formally in Alabama – her diverse background gave her a multi-cultural approach and a deep understanding of inequality and discrimination, lessons she carries with her in her designs, work approach, and personal advocacy. She aims to be a WELL accredited designer, utilizing evidence based design and research to prove the importance of design.
BS in Interior Design
Madelyn Holliday, Allied ASID
Madelyn Holliday is a senior at Virginia Tech. She will be graduating with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in May 2020. During her college years, she discovered a new interest in networking, serving as a Student Ambassador for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, acting as a guide and providing insight to prospective students interested in the college. She also spent two years as the Speaker Chair for Virginia Tech’s ASID Student Chapter, Interior Designers for Education and Sustainability (IDEAS), responsible for organizing events and inviting industry professionals from around the country to come speak at a weekly interior design lecture series on campus. Madelyn was recently awarded Outstanding Senior 2020 for the Virginia Tech interior design program. She traveled to Seattle last February as a Finalist in the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, earned Honorable Mention in the Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition, and was a Studio Finalist in the Bienenstock Design Competition. Aside from design-related activities, Madelyn is a member of Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society and Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity. Madelyn was also named to the Dean’s List every semester of her four years at Virginia Tech.
ASID wishes to thank the jury for dedicating their time to review scholarship submissions and choose the awardees.