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PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge

Deadline: Closed

The PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge is available for college student finalists to showcase their work at a major industry event, GlobalShop 2012.

PAVE the Way, a 3D Design Challenge is an exciting opportunity available for students to showcase their work at a major industry event, GlobalShop 2012. College students who are enrolled in accredited store design, interior design, visual merchandising, and industrial design programs are invited to design a 3D floor fixture for this competition, which is sponsored and presented by B&N Industries.

Finalists will then work with B&N Industries to produce a prototype of their design for display at GlobalShop 2012. GlobalShop 2012 will be held in Las Vegas, Feb. 29-March 2, 2012, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.


Design, develop, and construct a branded store fixture, that is, when utilized, no larger than a 36-inch x 36-inch square footprint and 84 inches high. This fixture is to provide a makeover station for a SPECIFIC EXISTING BRAND OF COSMETICS. The fixture should communicate the chosen brand. You may choose any brand of cosmetics found in department stores or branded retail stores. Your design solution should be concise and constructed with care and professionalism.

The fixture must be able to morph from a compact, protected unit when stored into a fully functional makeover station when in use. We encourage you to design a creative solution for the functionality when utilized and the structure when stored.

Most of all, have fun and put on your 3D thinking cap. Remember, the winning designs will actually be produced, at full size, so even if your idea is completely fun, which we encourage, it must also function.


A panel of industry professionals (retailers, designers, manufacturers, etc.) will select designs in late October. The top fixtures will be selected and finalists will be contacted by mid-November 2011. Prototypes of the winning entries will be produced by B&N Industries to be displayed at GlobalShop 2012 in Las Vegas, Feb. 29-March 2, 2012. All finalists will have their designs displayed. Winners will be determined from the finalists displayed at GlobalShop, and the awards will be presented at the A.R.E. Design Awards in Las Vegas on Feb. 29, 2012. (Finalists need not be present to win.) Photographs of the winning entries will be posted on the PAVE and B&N Industries websites.

First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $2,500
Third Place: $1,500
Honorable Mentions (up to 9): $500 each