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Colab And Broadway Interiors Launch Student Design and Build Competition

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11 Sep 2020

Colab, the first purpose-built material library in the UAE based in Dubai Design District (d3), and Broadway Interiors, an international award-winning design consultancy have partnered to launch a student design and build competition. The initiative is in line with Colab’s recently launched SHARE / شا ر ك campaign targeting university students across the UAE, which aims to leverage COVID-19 necessitated distancing to move the discussion online and stimulate ideas for students in creative fields. The competition is open to final year students and challenges them to redesign the interiors of Colab incorporating a selection of material finishes.

Colab reached out to Chris Barnes of Broadway Interiors to help promote a better understanding of its potential, to the emerging design talent, aspiring to work in the industry. Chris came up with a design competition, where students can submit their ideas, with winners gaining the opportunity to see their vision realized and exhibited within Colab for two years. Should this prove to be a success, Colab will be looking to continue this competition every other year, incorporating it into the wider academic curriculum to become a highly sought after award that students will want to win.

Colab And Broadway Interiors Launch Student Design and Build Competition

The competition, which officially launches on September 13, calls for students to develop a design concept for a full wall(s) or floor for implementation within Colab. A submission can be made for one, two, three, four or five walls; each wall will be valued on its own merit and the entry can be developed by an individual or a group of students working in collaboration. The design concept should be developed from a portfolio of product generously supplied by a host of suppliers including Optimum Gulf, Dukta, Topakustik, Surface Eleven, Finsa, SherwinWilliams, FunderMax HPL, No Grey Area International, BSH Walls & Floors, Wow Factor and Shaw Contract.

Chris Barnes, Owner and Founder of Broadway Interiors, commented: “I'm really excited to have established a design competition for aspiring designers within the UAE. Design is such a rich and enjoyable vocation, so to be able to provide students with the ability to see their designs realized is fantastic and I am delighted to be able to offer them this amazing opportunity! I hope this platform can in some way, help the young design talent make that next step into the real world of practical design.”


The judging panel comprising Chris Barnes (Broadway Interiors), Paul Bishop (Bishop Design & Rogue) and Kevin Maclachlan (NOMAD|K) has been created to review and assess the submissions. All entries will be assessed on creativity; design methodology; practicality of design; presentation of ideas; and selection of materials used. Upon the selection of the winning design(s), the judges will work with the students to transform their conceptual ideas into reality. The aim is to announce the winning design at Dubai Design Week, which is slated to run from November 9 - 14, 2020.

Commenting on the initiative, Richard Wilson, Creative Director, Colab, said: “Now open for submissions, our Student Design Competition promotes a 'real world' design experience for final year students interested in pursuing careers in the interior design industry. With the easing of restrictions, students now have the option to visit Colab and review the different finishes available whilst getting a first-hand look at the space. Not only will this competition challenge them to reimagine the interiors of Colab with a select quantity and variety of materials, the winning entrants will have an opportunity to work on site with our contractor for a two-week stint and realize their designs.”

Whilst Colab has been conceived as a creative space to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of material use and design, Broadway Interiors have developed its own design solution to demonstrate the potential of the space to help all entrants formulate ideas. This is further underpinned by an explanatory video by Chris Barnes, which is on the Colab website. Students are now being encouraged to visit Colab over the course of the next five weeks to better understand the space and review all material samples available for use. The deadline for submissions is October 11, 2020.

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