As a follow-up to 2017’s Dream & Design: A Design School Challenge, New York magazine and Delta® Faucet are launching the Design Beyond™ Fellowship, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for emerging interior designers. Four fellows will be chosen from a pool of qualified applicants to partake in a summer-long immersive learning experience. Throughout, the fellows will be challenged to expand their thinking and portfolio, while being mentored by industry leaders. They’ll travel to inspiring locales, be featured on the Cut, and receive a $5,000 stipend. If you’re a graduate with design chops, promising talent, and the work to prove it, apply below to be considered for the fellowship. (See more details after the submission form.)
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
• Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program as of 2012 or later. Students who will still be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate/graduate education program as of June 2018 are not eligible.
• Be 21 years of age or older as of June 2018.
• Be able to commute to New York City during the course of the fellowship (see projected dates below), or be able to relocate to the New York metropolitan area at their own expense.
• Confirm their availability for the active program dates. (See below for projected dates; final dates will be confirmed during the selection process).
How to Make It Into the Submission Pool
Please include a selection of your best interior-design work for consideration. We suggest providing a diverse breadth of work samples across a variety of materials if possible: renderings, CAD drawings, sketches, or your preferred medium. In the corresponding fields above, please include links to your personal website, LinkedIn profile, and/or other relevant profiles. You may also submit portfolio pieces, your résumé, et al. to email@example.com with the subject line: [Your Name] - Fellowship Application. All application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 13.
How We’ll Choose Fellows
Wendy Goodman, design editor of New York magazine and Design Hunting, will select eight emerging designers with distinct viewpoints — talented recent graduates and promising young professionals — as candidates for the Design Beyond Fellowship. From Goodman’s chosen pool, Delta Faucet will select four final fellows who represent the potential future of design.
What the Fellowship Experience Entails
Throughout the summer, four highly regarded interior designers will serve as mentors to our group of fellows. These mentors will challenge the fellows to imagine future-facing spaces throughout a series of test assignments. All the while, New York will film their collective journey as the fellows receive these thought-provoking prompts, explore unique locations for inspiration, and create their own interpretations of the various design themes.
What’s in It for the Fellows?
Each fellow will get the chance to be mentored by — and to develop relationships with — prominent industry veterans, work alongside their peers on challenging design assignments, and add to their personal portfolio. Fellows also will travel together to four inspiring locations (where they’ll meet and learn from more well-connected pros), and have their experiences documented and showcased on New York magazine’s the Cut. Additionally, fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend. Looking to the future, Delta Faucet is committed to supporting this crop of up-and-coming designers, and introducing them to the world.
When Will the Fellowship Take Place?
Challenges, filming, and related program events will tentatively take place on or around the following dates, which are subject to change: June 21; June 25 to 26; July 18; July 31 to August 1; August 16 to 17; and September 25 to 26. Potential fellows will need to confirm their availability on these projected dates.
For more information, please see the full list of FAQs.
Introductory Letter From Wendy Goodman
At New York magazine, our mission is to celebrate innovation with an eye to the future and to bravely traverse the ever-changing design terrain with fresh and curious eyes. With our design writing, we continue to raise the bar of excellence with original coverage of purposeful, thoughtful, and unique design. As editor of Design Hunting, I’m privileged to visit and report on the most interesting interiors in existence. The interior designers behind those incredible homes never cease to amaze me with their ingenuity and inventiveness. Now, we look to you — the next generation of designers.
One of my favorite parts of being a design editor is discovering talented new designers and bringing their work to a wider audience, which is why I am thrilled about our design fellowship: Design Beyond. The themes of this fellowship include industrial design, eco-design, art and design, and tech and design — providing creative opportunities for every designer. This summer, four recent graduates will be selected as fellows to participate in Design Beyond. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn from established design mentors through a series of challenges and events focused on kitchens and bathrooms of the future.
What I love to observe in my interactions with upcoming designers is how you work in new and clever ways — with an array of fascinating tools and skillful methods. The common thread I’ve observed between the wonderful rising talent I’ve encountered is their belief in the power of design to impact and transform. It’s this idea that drives the Design Beyond. The goal of this initiative is to provide you, the next great designers, with a national stage to showcase your creative talent.
As you undergo this weeks-long exercise in creative development, we’ll document your story and work in a four-part video series that will be shared through both Delta® Faucet and New York magazine’s promotional channels. While your journey will reach a wide and valuable audience, it’s your personal experience that matters to us most. Through this one-of-a-kind fellowship, our hope is that you will refine your style, expand your world of inspiration, and find greater confidence — and humility — in all the work that you do. Along the way, the program is designed to build your portfolio, test your ambition and motivation, and encourage you to think deeply and expansively. And, of course, this is your chance to shine.
So, good luck. Dream. Learn. Do.
–Wendy Goodman, design editor of New York magazine
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