Alluminare Design Challenge

World Class Designer Search

You have chosen Alluminare’s new World Class Designer!
Read the announcement here.

Scroll down to view the 475 home decor patterns that artists worldwide submitted! And check out the TOP TEN Designs, and Lead Design Judge, Christopher Lowell’s commentary here.

Design Junkies, do you ever doodle in patterns?

Greg Large Drum Fixture

Want to try your hand at creating fashionable patterns for light fixtures, wallpaper, home fabrics and accessories? Here’s your chance not only to give it a try, but to be recognized as a World-Class Designer!

There’s this fabulous home decor Web site called Alluminare.

Eric and Friday Shamblen started Alluminare in 2001 after Friday discovered how challenging it was to get a custom lighting fixture made for her home. As technology experts working at Cartoon Network in Atlanta, they saw the need to make the complexities of specifying custom products simpler and available over the Internet.

Today Alluminare makes all sorts of customizable products for homes and public spaces. People can go to Alluminare’s site and apply colors to its standard patterns or those from its World Class Designers. Custom-colored home decor designs. Cool, right?

But here’s what’s the coolest. Alluminare stretches the idea of custom design. What I mean is shoppers can play with the scale of patterns too.

This transforms the look of the finished product. Here’s World Class Designer Wagner Compelo’s pattern “Samba” applied to a throw pillow in different colors and scales. (Click on the image for more detail.)

Samba Pattern Throw Pillows

And here’s Libby Unwin’s “Greg” (That’s Greg on the black and white drum shade at the start of this post too.)

Greg Throw Pillows

See the possibilities? You can spend hours just playing on this site — trust me.

Back to the Challenge. Friday wants to expand Alluminare’s World Class Designer roster. This is where you come in.

Christopher Lowell
 **Update: I am thrilled to announce that Emmy Award-winning host, best selling author, and highly respected interior designer, Christopher Lowell is our Lead Design Judge for the Challenge! Read the announcement here.

See the TOP TEN entries chosen by Christopher Lowell, and read his excellent commentary here.

Read the announcement of the Challenge winner here!

The Deadline Has Passed to Submit Entries to this Challenge, but please do scroll down and enjoy the hundreds of entries submitted by artists and designers worldwide.**
 

You are challenged to create new Alluminare® patterns!

This is a Prize Challenge! The winner will receive:

  • A $300 gift code to shop at Alluminare.com (good for fabric and wallpaper shipped worldwide, and manufactured goods like light fixtures and throw pillows shipped to the U.S. and Canada.)
  • Fantastic public recognition on HomeWorkshop.com.
  • At Alluminare®’s option, the winner will join the ranks of its World Class Designers!!

If named a World Class Designer, your winning design (and possibly future designs) will be presented and marketed on Alluminare’s Web site. Your bio and photo will appear on the site as a World Class Designer!

As a World Class Designer you will earn royalties (paid quarterly) on the sales of your products (5% on manufactured items like pillows and light fixtures and 10% on fabrics and wallpaper). So if your pattern is wonderful like we know it will be, you can earn some money!!

So get thinking and doodling your pattern ideas! Hop over to Alluminare and check out the kinds of patterns that work well.

One aspect you’ll notice right away is these are more defined patterns than with Imageglow, with smooth edges to all design elements and a maximum of four distinct colors. On Alluminare’s site, the patterns are presented in a pre-set colorway that can be easily changed by the customer, but you will submit your designs for the Challenge in what you feel is a stylish, attractive color scheme.

Samba Large Wallpaper

You can:

  • Create your original design in a computer graphics program like Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign. Do not use images that require any kind of a licensing fee.
  • OR

  • Create your original artwork by drawing, hand painting, etc. on art paper cut to size using the template as a guide.

Large scale Greg Pendant Fixtures in KitchenIn either case, Download the Instructions, File Requirements and Design Template Here. Designers ages 18+ please, and limit of six designs may be submitted per person.

When your design is done, upload it as a .jpg file to the Challenge Entry form here.

Describe a bit about what inspired you to create that pattern and why you think it will make an excellent addition to Alluminare’s repertoire.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. After the entry period, our judges (including Friday) will select the top ten designs as finalists to be voted on by the HomeWorkshop.com community. Voting will go for one week after the finalists are announced. The winning design is the one with the most votes (one vote per person).

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So have fun creating your patterns. I know from the last Challenge that we’ve got some world-class artists in our HomeWorkshop.com community. Can’t wait to see what you design!

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Alluminare Design Challenge

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
  • Ta-Da! Challenge Results: Monday, June 21, 2010

« Previous 50 entries     Next 50 entries (475 total) »

51. Tsirimpilova Yulia in Liege, Belgium52. Tsirimpilova Yulia in Liege, Belgium
53. Tsirimpilova Yulia in Liege, Belgium54. Eli Ainoska in Ohrid- Macedonia
55. Eli Ainoska in Ohrid- Macedonia56. Dasha Wagner in Dubuque, IA (USA)
57. Dasha Wagner in Dubuque, IA (USA)58. Dasha Wagner in Dubuque, IA (USA)
59. Archana vijayaraghavan in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, India60. agung in surakarta,jawatengah,indonesia
61. Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA62. Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA
63. Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA64. Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA
65. Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA66. Samantha Salinas in Mexico city, Mexico
67. Samantha Salinas in Mexico city, Mexico68. Ashley Gia Smith in Greencastle, Indiana, USA
69. Charletta Hudson in Muskegon, MI, USA70. charletta Hudson in muskegon, MI, USA
71. charletta Hudson in muskegon, MI, USA72. charletta Hudson in muskegon, MI, USA
73. Mike Phang in Singapore74. Mike Phang in Singapore
75. Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India76. Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
77. Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India78. Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
79. Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India80. Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India
81. Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India82. Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India
83. Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India84. Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India
85. FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA86. FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA
87. Kristen Almeida in Fort Worth, TX88. onlyhira in Paris, France
89. onlyhira in Paris, France90. Charletta Hudson in Muskegon, MI, USA
91. Charletta Hudson in Muskegon, MI, USA92. Ho Trung Ngan in Vung Tau City, Vietnam
93. Penny Tan in Singapore, Singapore94. Colleen Kyhl in Grapevine, TX, USA
95. Vitor Dengucho in Coimbra, Portugal96. Kevat.Padh in Mumbai, India
97. Kevat Padh in Mumbai, India98. Kevat Padh in Mumbai, India
99. Kevat padh in Mumbai, India100. Mike Phang in Singapore


51. From Tsirimpilova Yulia in Liege, Belgium:

Tsirimpilova Yulia's entry

illusion pattern with bird, #1


52. From Tsirimpilova Yulia in Liege, Belgium:

Tsirimpilova Yulia's entry

Illusion pattern with bird, #2


53. From Tsirimpilova Yulia in Liege, Belgium:

Tsirimpilova Yulia's entry

Pattern with flower


54. From Eli Ainoska in Ohrid- Macedonia:

Eli Ainoska's entry

my XX-XY city


55. From Eli Ainoska in Ohrid- Macedonia:

Eli Ainoska's entry

different view of ” the modern iron time”…


56. From Dasha Wagner in Dubuque, IA (USA):

Dasha Wagner's entry

Japanese Waves

The design of this pattern has been inspired by Japanese ancient textile art.


57. From Dasha Wagner in Dubuque, IA (USA):

Dasha Wagner's entry

Star Garden


58. From Dasha Wagner in Dubuque, IA (USA):

Dasha Wagner's entry

Experiment.

This elegant design has been inspired by designers’ favorite game entitled Fill In A Square. Each of these nine graphic squares is one-of-a-kind, and all together they became a basic for an exclusive and stylish design of a pillow case.


59. From Archana vijayaraghavan in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, India:

Archana vijayaraghavan's entry

Lovely curved flowers 🙂


60. From agung in surakarta,jawatengah,indonesia:

agung's entry

old shool cncept
ihope you like it

thanks


61. From Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA:

Guisella DeSouza's entry

Inspired by feather, birds, plumage, peacocks.


62. From Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA:

Guisella DeSouza's entry

Inspired by foliage and Art Nouveau. Leaves are a beautiful thing..


63. From Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA:

Guisella DeSouza's entry

flames make beautiful shapes.


64. From Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA:

Guisella DeSouza's entry

I love jelly fish. Nature is a big inspiration for my designs and jelly fish are wonderful. This is more of a print but could be repeated to make an interesting pattern.


65. From Guisella DeSouza in Astoria, NY, USA:

Guisella DeSouza's entry

rose stems


66. From Samantha Salinas in Mexico city, Mexico:

Samantha Salinas's entry

naughty play of free lines


67. From Samantha Salinas in Mexico city, Mexico:

Samantha Salinas's entry

just for pink color lovers


68. From Ashley Gia Smith in Greencastle, Indiana, USA:

Ashley Gia Smith's entry

This square tile was created using Inkscape. I repeatedly duplicated an abstract shape. The tile can be used for ceramic tiles, pillows, fabric, shower curtains or anything for that matter. The blue and green shapes repeat and overlap to form a cross, with an enhanced effect created by the opacity of the shapes.


69. From Charletta Hudson in Muskegon, MI, USA:

Charletta Hudson's entry

Organic and bold, I wanted to show an abstract way of bringing nature within the home. I choose fresh earthy colors and a bold statement of coconut white. I like the fluidness of it all and the way it merges with itself. Its very relaxing to look at and works well with any color combination.


70. From charletta Hudson in muskegon, MI, USA:

charletta Hudson's entry

Hypnotizing, but enough for one not to get dizzy looking at it:) So I believe this pattern is best suited as a monochromatic scheme if chosen. I wish this was on my wall, I have an apartment, so i must be careful when using wallpaper, but this would be worth giving up my security deposit:)


71. From charletta Hudson in muskegon, MI, USA:

charletta Hudson's entry

I love asymmetrical designs, and seamless design, it shows here fluid movement. The design is very versatile and easily replicated. It’s simple design could allow any room to stand out without drawing too much attention to itself.


72. From charletta Hudson in muskegon, MI, USA:

charletta Hudson's entry

I love how you can add and take away elements and gives off a different vibe. This design can work well as a fabric or wall paper, it has balancing desert feel to it.


73. From Mike Phang in Singapore:

Mike Phang's entry

This is inspired by a pair of shorts that I saw when window shopping. Apparently checks are in now.

It’s fashion for our homes so I think this will work really well with Alluminare’s offerings.


74. From Mike Phang in Singapore:

Mike Phang's entry

Inspired by nature from a recent trip to the Botanical Gardens, this pattern is fresh, chic and pleasing to the eye.

Alluminare has a very extensive collection inspired by nature and this will be an excellent addition to its current offerings.


75. From Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India:

Moksha Carambiah's entry

Just my take on an argyle pattern because I found it missing from your catalogue and I love how simple and effective it can be in adding a certain mood to decor.


76. From Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India:

Moksha Carambiah's entry

A simple geometric pattern that’s been created using a combination/modification of just two basic shapes – a square and a circle. Different colour treatments of the pattern can quite drastically change the feel of it.


77. From Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India:

Moksha Carambiah's entry

My take on an old craft you don’t see very much these days.. patchwork. Quite intricate and depending on colour combinations, can be retro or modern.


78. From Moksha Carambiah in Bangalore, Karnataka, India:

Moksha Carambiah's entry

I love paisley and you should too! 😛 I’ve kept this one simple because simple sometimes allows for more extensive usability and adaptability. I’ve really enjoyed creating these!


79. From Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India:

Jahnvi Thaker's entry

Modern art form of petals with patterns repeated in harmony


80. From Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India:

Jahnvi Thaker's entry

Modern art form of flowers with patterns repeated in harmony


81. From Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India:

Jahnvi Thaker's entry

A modern pattern in blocks with unique art form of flowers.


82. From Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India:

Jahnvi Thaker's entry

A vintage look design with vintage colors.


83. From Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India:

Jahnvi Thaker's entry

An attractive bright colored ornamental design.


84. From Jahnvi Thaker in Ahmedabad,Gujrat,India:

Jahnvi Thaker's entry

A floral pattern with bright and sober color combination.


85. From FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA:

FI NI SIMAN's entry

BLUE FLORAL PATTERN – Created in Illustrator using florid vector symbol,arranged in such elegant pattern


86. From FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA:

FI NI SIMAN's entry

WHITE PETALS – inspired by jasmine flowers


87. From Kristen Almeida in Fort Worth, TX:

Kristen Almeida's entry

Simple,modern design using circles, the design is of balance a little to keep the eyes moving and the pattern visually interesting.


88. From onlyhira in Paris, France:

onlyhira's entry

another version of cubique


89. From onlyhira in Paris, France:

onlyhira's entry

”guess who”
it’s a panting i have worked on,
psychology and zen maybe.
pretty simple i know but it’s material.


90. From Charletta Hudson in Muskegon, MI, USA:

Charletta Hudson's entry

I believe this pattern works well with any color combo, Mix it up for a funky feel, or monochromatic for a modern/classic feel. My inspiration for this pattern is somewhat art deco, with a funky art drawn twist.


91. From Charletta Hudson in Muskegon, MI, USA:

Charletta Hudson's entry

This is my last entry [HourGlass] . I like how the sands pour from the top to form a small mound, undisturbed forms an almost perfect mound. I wantd to capture the action of the sands forming that mound. I believe its a unisex design.


92. From Ho Trung Ngan in Vung Tau City, Vietnam:

Ho Trung Ngan's entry

Tobe in one’s second childhood


93. From Penny Tan in Singapore, Singapore:

Penny Tan's entry

I wanted to show how a simple straight line could tranform itself once curved, tainted in different colours, multiplied or segmented. My design aim was to make a pattern that looked elegant without being overly cluttered/confusing.


94. From Colleen Kyhl in Grapevine, TX, USA:

Colleen Kyhl's entry

Influenced from lines you would see in a ship. Mixed and distorted them to create something new and bold. Enjoy!


95. From Vitor Dengucho in Coimbra, Portugal:

Vitor Dengucho's entry

Pattern created with transformations based on a simple concentric circles pattern. This design has 4 colors including the background.


96. From Kevat.Padh in Mumbai, India:

Kevat.Padh's entry

It is a Graphic floral design which would look good in all shades and sizes specially on walls which fully serves the purpose.


97. From Kevat Padh in Mumbai, India:

Kevat Padh's entry

It is a fresh design with lemon shades and would make any room glow with its intertwined pattern.


98. From Kevat Padh in Mumbai, India:

Kevat Padh's entry

this design would make any room glow with its leafy pattern and flow.


99. From Kevat padh in Mumbai, India:

Kevat padh's entry

The 3D look of the design would make a room lively and soothing to the eyes.


100. From Mike Phang in Singapore:

Mike Phang's entry

Inspired by the amoeba, this is an organic piece that will fit into any home. It’s subtle yet fresh – using color to suggest depth and texture, a refreshing pattern for Alluminare’s growing collection of designs.

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83 Comments for “Alluminare Design Challenge”

I am excited at the prospect of possibly being chosen!!! I also want to add that being a window fashion designer/ salesperson in Florida, I am hoping to incorporate your lampshades and possibly fabrics into designing more for my customers. I love you website! Do you offer wholesale to other businesses? We do have a store!!! 🙂

Hi Rhonda,

How nice are you? The Challenge is so much fun — I love seeing the designs coming in from around the globe. Some fabulous patterns have been submitted.

I know the folks at Alluminare would love to talk with you about the their products and To-The-Trade programs. Here is a link to their contact information.

Thanks!
–Kathy (HomeWorkshop.com Chief Design Junkie)

Amazing patterms!! I think you should offer them all! Great concept!!!!

Just submitted my design — and in the nick of time, too!!!! 🙂

Waa-hoo Kathryn! You made it!

To The Trade program!! Inspiring! I have contacted your folks!!! I am proposing incorporating your products and my ideas to the store owner where I design window treatments!

…just uploaded a design to the site! what a great competition to hold! thanks for hosting this!

Hi Chet!

Yup — got your entry. Thanks for the note — it’s a fun competition to host. Can’t wait to see how it all works out, but in the meantime it is great exposure for all you talented designers and artists.

Thanks for participating,
–Kathy

Hi,
I submitted four entries for the contest but did not go into detail on my explanations.
I was in a rush to get them uploaded.
Is there any way I can add comments to them?
I know it is late in the game but I don’t want my entries to be excluded because my comments/descriptions are lacking 😀

thanks so much!!
chris

Hi Chris,

Please email your explanation text (quickly) to kathy@homeworkshop.com. Include the Entry number and what the description should be. I will need to get this edited before the deadline at 11:59 pm.

Hi again!
so I seem to be having some problems…ha ha

I just saw my patterns that uploaded and the colors are way off from the original files.
Is there a way for me to re-upload them?

If I upload them now, can you just delete the first 4 that I uploaded?
sorry for the trouble.

I will upload the new ones just in case. I know it is late at night and you may not see this until after the deadline.

Thanks so much for your help!

Chris

Hi Chris,

Did you prepare the files for Web display? Colors can often look very different when displayed on Web browsers than for files that are output for print design for example. Lots of help online about this.

I will delete the first four, then you can also correct your Description (quickly.)

–Kathy

Thanks Kathy!!! 🙂

My descriptions are also lacking. Oh well, too late. I hope I am judged on the art, not the writing skills!! LOL There are so many fantastic entries and talent. Good luck everyone! Last question, if I wanted my designs on lampshades, for example, would you be able to accomplish this?

Hi Rhonda,

I’m not sure. Why don’t you run that question by the folks over at Alluminare when you talk with them?

Thanks again for your entries and enthusiasm!
–Kathy

Whew!!! What a whirlwind the past few days has been with all of your wonderful patterns and designs. Hundreds of designs came in over the last week and two even squeaked in at the absolute last minute last night!!

Thanks to all of you for your creativity and energy.

NOW….our panel of fantabulous, expert judges are hard at work narrowing this field. More to come about that soon….

In the meantime, any of you with children, be sure to have them submit a drawing or a painting for our Father’s Day Art Challenge that ends this coming Monday night. Some beautifully touching submissions have come in so far, and 3 randomly-chosen kids will win their artwork on canvas in time for a great Father’s Day gift!

Create on,
–Kathy

Unfortunately, i could´t upload my file in web colors and it looks a bit strage (like fluor colors). it looks totally different….btw,i have the file in the original colors, could we send you the originals? if it´s no possibility, no problem, I understand.

Hi Dominique,

I’m sorry to hear that. I think it would be unfair to do anything after the deadline. Thankfully with Alluminare, the patterns are designed for the customer to have the ability to customize the color scheme. So I suspect the judges will consider the pattern a bit more than the color. But I have learned something to share with all next time.

Thanks so much for participating!
–Kathy

Kathy,
Pls do declare the date of announceing the top ten entries. Egarly waiting for the results! Also, must say a ‘great copitition’ with ‘fantastic outcome’. CONGRATS!

Regards,
Kevat

Hi Kevat,

It’s going to take a little time. I had mentioned in the Challenge post that the Results story would be published on June 14. That may even be pushed back a week later. Our judges are currently busy narrowing the field from the 475 designs — more news about that process soon. Within a few weeks we will announce the “top ten” designs that will go up for public voting. Part of our process this time will be showing the top ten design images as they would look applied to some of the Alluminare products, so that is part of the time line for this Challenge.

Watch the blog for announcements very soon with the dates of the “top ten” announcement, the voting time frame, and the date of the post announcing the winner, and more!

Thanks!
–Kathy

I know that JUNE is going to be a great month….EXCITING!

It will be Rhonda!! Things are moving along well with the preliminary judging. I will be announcing some exciting news and the final time frames for choosing the winner soon!

Thanks to you and all the other talented artists!
–Kathy

[…] and designers from around the globe worked hard to create 475 amazing original patterns for HomeWorkshop.com’s Alluminare Design […]

Hi Artists!!

Made a BIG announcement today about the judging for this Alluminare Design Challenge! Renowned Interior and Home Products Designer, TV Host and Author, Christopher Lowell is leading our team of design judges!! http://www.homeworkshop.com/2010/06/04/christopher-lowell-lead-design-judge-for-our-alluminare-design-challenge/

The narrowing of entries is going really well. Some great designs are still in the running and Christopher is due to make the announcement of the Top Ten designs–and to kick off the public voting–on Monday, June 14th! Read the post at the link above for more details.

Thanks for your patience. We wanted the best people judging your work.

–Kathy

Design, create, beauty, inspiration, love of life, inner happiness, thankful for finding this site!!!!!…..
I wanted to share a few designs…check my new site and let me know your thoughts! I am very excited about this contest and looking forward to TOMORROW!!! Good luck to EVERYONE!

[…] and Independent Graphic Artist and Allluminare World Class Designer, Libby Unwin. They went through 475 submissions from all over the world and by the time I received the final thirty (like the final weeks of American Idol), every […]

hi, i just re-checked my designs and it seems some of them are just not set up to repeat seamlessly… is this going to be a desclassifying design? is there a possibility that i send you the correct file in case my design is classified? sorry for my mistake… 🙁
bes regards
karina

Hi Karina,

We asked that designs repeat seamlessly, but one was not disqualified if it did not. We did however disqualify a number of designs that came in with too many colors.

Not sure about yours in particular. Please email me with a note about when you submitted them: kathy@homeworkshop.com

We got such a fabulous response and so many high-quality designs and this Challenge closed to entries on May 19.

Christopher Lowell just announced the TOP TEN designs today, and you can vote for your favorite here: http://www.homeworkshop.com/2010/06/13/alluminare-design-challenge-top-ten-voting-with-christopher-lowell/

Thanks so much, Karina! Keep watch for more design Challenges coming soon!

–Kathy

Thanks everyone, for the great designs and your votes. I’ll announce the winner (and Alluminare’s next World Class Designer) Monday evening (California time). Night all!!

[…] tally for the top three was: Jahnvi Thaker 214, Billy Hobbs 184, Renata Rubim 83. Maria Cheek and Nicky Martin were close […]

I demand a recount! I just know there were hanging chads! HAHAHA!! CONGRATULATIONS TO JAHNVI THAKER! And congrats to all the top ten as well. All the designs were gorgeous!

Maria!

You are so funny. And talented too. I know many people loved your design — great work!!

–Kathy

[…] is clearly a violation of the rules of the Challenge, as stated in the original post and in the Challenge Instructions. We therefore, declare our runner-up, Billy Hobbs, as Winner of […]

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