PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge

Deadline: 21 October 2o11
Open to: College students internationally enrolled in accredited store design, interior design, visual merchandising, and industrial design programs
Prize: 1st Place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $2,500; 3rd Place: $1,500


PAVE the Way, a 3D Design Challenge is an exciting opportunity available for students internationally 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.

The Goal of the Contest

The competition challenges college students to design and construct a branded retail store fixture. A fixture is
defined as any merchandising unit designed to sell merchandise.

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 (Please do not use Sephora as the retail store). 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.


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


The competition is open to college students internationally enrolled in accredited store design, interior design, visual merchandising, and industrial design programs. Projects can be the work of an individual student, or a team consisting of no more than two students.

How to apply?

Entries should be submitted in pdf format to PAVE by Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
• The entry pdf should be named as follows: First Name, Last Name, Project Name.

While your entry is not limited to a specific number of pages, the project must be submitted via the electronic submission form with the disclaimer accepted, in the following order:
1. cover/title/project name page
2. written concept statement
3. conceptual sketches
4. four to six images 3D images of the fixture
5. working drawings
6. material samples with description
7. include your name, school, and email as the last page of the entry

To apply for this contest, you need to fill in the electronic submission form, which can be found here.

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. To see images of past winning entries, visit


Catharine Scott at PAVE, 954-241-4834, fax 954-893-8375

The Official Website

To download a full information kit, please click here.

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