I Like Design

Student Design Competition 2019

Unfortunately, we won't be running the I Like Design competition in 2019.
Please check back August 2019 regarding the 2020 competition.


A little information about our 2018 winner:

Last year's winners, Afshin Homayoonmehr was given an exclusive opportunity to meet and collaborate with industry experts, preparing him for entering the design world after graduation. The San Diego Mesa College interior design senior visited NeoCon50 for the first time with interiors+sources in June 2018.

Here's 2018 Winner Afshin Homayoonmehr enjoying Materials Pavilion 

"I am super excited [about NeoCon]," he said in an April 2018 interview with i+s. "It [will be] my first time to go to the show in Chicago and I can't wait ot see all of the amazing products and meet with the sponsors."

"And the internship is exactly what I need at this point," he continued. "I am sure I will learn a lot and it will be an impressive part of my resume. I would want to learn more about their great product design department and their international reach."

 For 2019 I Like Design contest details (and to enter), continue reading below. 

The student-based interiors+sources I Like Design Competition focuses on providing current undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to showcase their work and connect with design professionals. The challenge will push students to consider space limitations, the use of materials, and industry standards they will need in the field.

2019 Design Challenge

Office buildings are looking for new ways to attract and retain tenants through the addition of amenity spaces: coffee bars, mix-use rooms, in-building gyms, laundry and salon services, and more. For the 2019 I Like Design contest, students are asked to design a first floor amenity space of their choosing for a corporate building.

The space is an unused 1,500 square foot office for a building that holds 16 companies that range from a small marketing firm to a mid-sized technology start-up. The amenity space should fulfill the needs of current and future tenants, be able to accommodate a range of users, and retain or add to the building’s overall worth.

Designs must include a minimum of one (1) product from each of our sponsors (TBD).

Submission Requirements and Additional Info:

Judging: A panel of industry professionals will judge submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Reasoning for the amenity type.
  • Thoughtful use of sponsored products.
  • Originality and feasibility of the space.
  • Consideration to the health and wellness of the end-user.
  • Presentation including sketches, renderings, and written elements.

Submission Requirements: Projects must be submitted digitally through the competition website by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 28, 2019. Please upload the following documents with the entrant’s last name within the title. Each submission must include the following:

  1. Project entry form.
  2. Project title.
  3. A written description of the design challenge solution, including the reasoning for the amenity type. Should not exceed 1,000 words.
  4. One (1) floor plan blueprint drawn to scale.
  5. One (1) furniture and materials plan
  6. Two (2) to four (4) renderings of the completed space.
  7. Additional drawings of the space, mood boards, renderings, etc., as needed to explain the design concept.

All entries must be submitted in JPG, Word, or PDF formats.


Any requests for clarification should be sent to Kadie Yale with "ILD 2019 CLARIFICATION" in the subject line.


Competition opens: August 20, 2018.
Submission deadline: February 28, 2019.
Winner announced: March 31, 2019.

ENTRY FEES—No entry fee for student participants. All entry fees have been generously donated by the I Like Design sponsors.

ELIGIBILITY—The Student Design Competition is open to students who are enrolled as of January 1, 2019 in an interior design program or institution in North America.

A big thank you to all of our I Like Design 2018 competition sponsors:



The challenge will revolve around a retail and exploration theme. The student will be required to design a booth and accompanying fixtures that convey the theme and a strong sense of understanding for materials, display, and space flow. The winning design will be a booth that is inviting to attendees—acting as part classroom, part playground, and displaying material samples in an accessible way.

Design Parameters:

The design must meet the following criteria:

  1. Create a booth layout for 1,810 sq. ft.
  2. Create fixtures which can hold up to 200 samples at 12”x12”, and which can be fabricated and removed quickly and easily
  3. Signage and wayfinding locations must be identified
  4. The booth, fixtures, and signage should be created using Arauco products



Projects must be submitted digitally through the competition website by March 10, 2017, 11:59 pm central. Each submission must include the following in PDF, MS Word, and/or Jpeg format:

1. A submission page with the student’s name, expected graduation date, project title, contact information, and a 500-word description of your project.
2. A floor plan drawn to scale of the booth space.
3. A plan drawn to scale of each fixture that is included.
4. 1-3 renderings of the space.
5. Additional elements including specifications, color palettes, and signage placements.
6. Each file should have your last name included in the name.
7. Each document should include your last name and page number in the footer.


Entries will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by the interiors+sources editors and a special panel of judges. These 10 will be open for voting via the i+s website. The bottom two entries every week will be eliminated until one winner is announced on April 7, 2017.

The winning booth will be aesthetically alluring while providing good flow of space for approximately 3,000 attendees over 3 days, and effectively stores and displays sponsor product samples


March 10, 2017 (11:59 pm central)—Submissions close
March 15, 2017—Voting Opens on the final 10 chosen by i+s and the judges panel
April 7th, 2017—Winner Chosen
June 2017 issue—Designer to Watch Spread printed in i+s
August 2017 issue—Student-edited issue 

The winner will receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship
  • The design will be built and promoted with the winner's information at the 2017 NeoCon Materials Pavilion
  • Editorial coverage in the June 2017 issue of interiors+sources
  • Role as student editor of the August 2017 issue of interiors+sources




Special thanks to our sponsor:


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