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Interior Design Student Competition Hosts Special Judges

Jersey interior design students were afforded the unique opportunity to participate in an interior design competition judged by some of the brightest interior designers in the business. According to, the students hailed from interior design programs at eleven area high schools.

The North Jersey report says that the student’s interior design competition was “a free, full-day program, is a partnership between the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University. It was begun in 2011 during the museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Log House at Craftsman Farms, a National Historic Landmark, Gustav Stickley masterpiece, and one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement.”

The judges worked with students and helped them with advice on their projects. Judges included “Traci Feldman, CID, Managing Assistant Director at Kean University and in-house interior designer; Don Hafner, principal of H AI Architecture of Northampton, Mass.; Ed Heinle, licensed LEED accredited architect and principal in his own firm; Damon LaCapra, NCIDQ certified, and Assistant Professor at the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University; and Pete Mars, furniture and home product designer and former Homekeeping Editor of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and designer of the Martha Stewart Everyday Garden Furniture Collection.”

A very important part of any competition for interior design students is the end of the project, when the critiques are given before a winner is announced. It allows students to hear a third-party review of their work and offers areas of improvement. This competition was no different and the awards went to two students. “granting first place to Mike Fogarty, a junior from West Essex High School in North Caldwell, and second place to Jack Campbell, a junior from Westfield High School.”

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