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Enter the 2022 Window Fashion VISION Design & Workroom Competition, Now Open!

Date: Monday, Janurary 31, 2022

Contact: Ryan Lindsey, competition@wf-vision.com 

The prestigious VISION Design & Workroom Competition is open and accepting applications for the 2022 awards. The only competition of its kind in the world, the competition honors and recognizes the best in window treatment design and fabrication. This contest is considered to be the Academy Awards in the field of window treatments. The 2022 competition will feature two new categories—Outdoor Shading & Design, Extreme Windows, and Soft Shades—adding to the many classifications currently available.

Winners will be announced and celebrated during the VISION Design & Workroom Competition Awards Ceremony, held at the International Window Coverings Expo in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Each winning project will be published in Window Fashions VISION magazine’s upcoming issues.

Applicants may enter several categories; however, each project can only be entered into one category. Applications are welcome until Friday, March 4, 2022. 

To apply, please visit www.wf-vision.com/designcompetition

 

VISION Design Categories Include:

Combination Treatments  

  • Window fashions incorporating at least two different types of solutions. (For example, shades/blinds with draperies.) Two-story windows have been recategorized as Specialty Window Treatments. The Design Concept Statement should address how this particular combination of treatments resolved design issues presented by the client, window type and other elements in the room.  

Commercial Window Fashions  

  • Window fashions installed in a commercial, contract or corporate setting belong in this category. Examples of an appropriate venue for this category would be a professional office, a restaurant, a hotel or a doctor’s office.  

Curtains & Draperies  

  • Window treatments made of fabric, celebrating their texture, pattern and color. The Design Concept Statement should detail why the specific style of curtain or drapery was selected and explain the designer’s fabric choices and the benefits or challenges that those fabrics presented in terms of function, durability and drapability.  

Decorative Hardware & Trim  

  • Window treatments incorporating specialty or custom hardware.  The Design Concept Statement should describe how decorative hardware was used to enhance the treatment and overall room design.  

Specialty Window Fashions  

  • Innovative window fashions designed for specialty-shaped windows—including bay or bow, angled or arch-top, skylights, solariums, greenhouses, two-story windows, window walls and doors. The Design Concept Statement should define the type of window and describe why the style of treatment and specified materials were chosen to enhance the architecture of the window.  

Soft Shades  

  • Well-made window treatments in the form of operable soft shades. The Design Concept Statement should describe the soft shades that were designed, including customized aspects, materials specified and finishing details.  

Whole-Room Design 

  • An entire room of complementary elements, including window fashions. The Design Concept Statement should describe how and why various elements were selected for the room, paying special detail to how the window fashion accents the overall design.  

Motorized Window Fashions  

  • Custom window fashion treatment that is motorized. It can be either a hard treatment or a drapery installation.The Design Concept Statement should explain why motorization was specified, advantages to the client and why the type of motor was selected. It should also address how you helped the customer achieve their goals and vision for the room and how you were able to be awarded this project.Did the client request motors or was this an upsell? Describe the motorization system in detail.  Must include a short video showing the functionality of the motorization.   

Outdoor Shading & Design NEW!

  • A window/wall solution is used to bring the outdoors in. Treatment that creates a liveable outdoor space.The solution that offers wind/sun/pest protection. The Design Concept Statement should explain how you addressed the customers’ needs to create the perfect outdoor living space with resources from the window treatment industry.  

Extreme Windows NEW!

  • Entry should include oversized, challenging projects requiring customized design and installation, either consumer or commercial that required team effort with designer/architect, suppliers, installers, etc. The Design Concept Statement should include how/why you were awarded the project and all details regarding the challenge and solution process. If motorization is included, please submit a video.

 

VISION Workroom Categories Include:

Bedding/Pillows  

  • Well-fabricated bedding ensembles are entirely custom-made. This includes bedspreads/duvets, bed skirts and pillows of all kinds. This category does not include ready-made or modified ready-made components of ANY kind. The Workroom Performance Statement should describe challenges and solutions in the making of the custom components and how it supports the overall design in the remainder of the room.  

Combination Treatments  

  • Window fashions incorporating fabric with a hard treatment (shades, blinds, shutters, products such as Silhouette and Duette are defined as “hard” treatments). The Workroom Performance Statement should include any particular challenges that arose in the process of working with the two types of treatments, and how the hard and soft elements work together.  

Curtains & Draperies  

  • Window fashions made of fabric, celebrating their texture, pattern and color. The Workroom Performance Statement should include any changes that had to be made to the designer’s original specifications and/or challenges that arose and how they were addressed in order to create the desired effect.  

Ingenious Installation  

  • Window fashions that were a challenge to install, but well worth the effort. Instead of a Workroom Performance Statement, write an Installation Performance Statement, detailing the process of planning for and installing a particularly challenging window fashion. How soon did you begin planning the installation? Did installation issues impact the treatment’s construction?  

Specialty Window Fashions  

  • Innovative window fashions designed for specialty-shaped windows—including two-story, bay or bow, angled or arch-top, skylights, solariums, greenhouses, window walls and doors. The Workroom Performance Statement should describe the type of window, the challenges that arose in making the specialty-shaped treatment and the creative solution for solving these difficulties.  

Soft Shades NEW!

  • Well-made and designed window treatments in the form of operable soft shades. (Examples: romans, Austrian, hobble, etc.) The Workroom Performance Statement should describe the soft shades that were designed, including customized aspects, why materials were specified and finishing details. 

Top Treatments  

  • Well-made window fashions in the form of a cornice, valance or lambrequin. The Workroom Performance Statement should describe challenges and solutions in the making of the top treatments and how the top treatment supports the overall design.  

Upholstery/Slipcovers  

  • Well-fabricated upholstered and slipcovered items in the form of furniture, entirely custom-made, including chairs, sofas, benches, headboards, ottomans, etc. The Workroom Performance Statement should describe challenges and solutions in the making of the upholstered or slipcovered item(s) and how it supports the overall design within the room.  

 

About the VISION Design & Workroom Competition:

This competition has been recognizing professionals in the complex field of custom window coverings for the last 30 years. It is sponsored by Window Fashion VISION magazine (producer of the International Window Coverings Expo, subsidiaries of AIM Communications, LLC). 

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