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) »

101. Kevat Padh in Mumbai, India102. Kevat in Mumbai, India
103. Nandita Padh in Mumbai, India104. Ho Trung Ngan in Vung Tau City, Vietnam
105. Katelyn Sides in Sidney, IL USA106. Natalie Paskell in Sittingbourne, Kent, England
107. Katelyn Sides in Sidney, IL USA108. Danae Gullicksen in Stevens Point, WI, United States
109. Kevin Mccourt in Middlesbrough, Teesside, United Kingdom110. onlyhira in Fance
111. onlyhira in Fance112. onlyhira in France
113. Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy114. Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy
115. Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy116. Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy
117. Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy118. Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy
119. Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina120. Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina
121. Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina122. Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina
123. Willy Deivys in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil124. aghyca in Budapest, Hungary
125. Katelyn Sides in Sidney, IL USA126. FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA
127. Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States128. Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States
129. Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States130. Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States
131. Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States132. FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA
133. Ida Persson in Tuscaloosa, AL USA134. Maria Fuller Cheek in Roswell, GA USA
135. Kätlin in Estonia136. Kätlin in Estonia
137. Maria Cheek in Roswell, GA USA138. Vitor Dengucho in Coimbra, Portugal
139. Samantha Willey in St. Petersburg, FL United States140. Samantha Willey in St. Petersburg, FL United States
141. HariPriya in Dehradun,Uttarakhand,India142. Samantha Salinas in Mexico city, Mexico
143. Roshni Abraham in Bangalore, India144. ROSHNI ABRAHAM in Bangalore, India
145. ROSHNI ABRAHAM in Bangalore, India146. HariPriya in Dehradun,Uttarakhand,India
147. HariPriya in Dehradun,Uttarakhand,India148. VEronika Manukjan in Prague, Czech Republic
149. VEronika Manukjan in Prague, Czech Republic150. VEronika Manukjan in Prague, Czech Republic


101. From Kevat Padh in Mumbai, India:

Kevat Padh's entry

This is again a floral pattern but colourful and more lively. It is inspired by a harvest of fresh crops in a vast field


102. From Kevat in Mumbai, India:

Kevat's entry

It is a curvy pattern with a rusty look and colour.


103. From Nandita Padh in Mumbai, India:

Nandita Padh's entry

it is a simple design made to look a room rich and sober.


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

Ho Trung Ngan's entry

Inspiration from childhood


105. From Katelyn Sides in Sidney, IL USA:

Katelyn Sides's entry

Inspired by simple shapes and roses.


106. From Natalie Paskell in Sittingbourne, Kent, England:

Natalie Paskell's entry

A repeat pattern inspired by baroque and damask patterns in-keeping with modern designs of Victorian style wallpaper patterns. I have used two blue tones and black – the two blue tones are to give a sense of flow around the pattern. A black background to highlight the pattern in front.


107. From Katelyn Sides in Sidney, IL USA:

Katelyn Sides's entry

Inspired by the Fluer di Lis and repetition.


108. From Danae Gullicksen in Stevens Point, WI, United States:

Danae Gullicksen's entry

A chain reaction with a 70s feel.


109. From Kevin Mccourt in Middlesbrough, Teesside, United Kingdom:

Kevin Mccourt's entry

A fun quirky design that takes a random inspiration to produce a balanced, appealing entry.


110. From onlyhira in Fance:

onlyhira's entry

”art nouveau” work.
chinese ink on paper.


111. From onlyhira in Fance:

onlyhira's entry

version in black and white


112. From onlyhira in France:

onlyhira's entry

another version


113. From Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy:

Cristiano Zitarosa's entry

Clouds and flowers in the sky.

This one works with any background colour, it is not boring to see if used with many repetitions.


114. From Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy:

Cristiano Zitarosa's entry

Let speak them…

Simple theme based on text, it shows the words while rounding around us when we are thinking other.


115. From Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy:

Cristiano Zitarosa's entry

Wind makes fly some leaves

Something, not specified, is moved by a vortex of wind, that causes a fly of some leaves in the air.


116. From Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy:

Cristiano Zitarosa's entry

They will hear you.

If you feel alone, hope that this people make you happy with their hugs.


117. From Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy:

Cristiano Zitarosa's entry

Where is the right way?

This is inspired by the sand, when many people walks on it. Sometimes it is very warm, where we will go?


118. From Cristiano Zitarosa in Battipaglia, Italy:

Cristiano Zitarosa's entry

Funny coloured bubbles.

Regular and irregular bubbles,fun and colour.


119. From Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina:

Ajla Sjenarevic's entry

this pattern is made of a pic of a lamp made by me its abstract but geometric and elegant in one


120. From Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina:

Ajla Sjenarevic's entry

made od pic of a lamp created by me apstract 🙂


121. From Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina:

Ajla Sjenarevic's entry

apstract patern made of a pic of a hat made by me 🙂


122. From Ajla Sjenarevic in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina:

Ajla Sjenarevic's entry

one more pattern


123. From Willy Deivys in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil:

Willy Deivys's entry

Its a labirintic texture inspired in Monark butterfly movment and your collors.


124. From aghyca in Budapest, Hungary:

aghyca's entry

“bunch of grapes”
inspired by taste of grape, color of wine 🙂


125. From Katelyn Sides in Sidney, IL USA:

Katelyn Sides's entry

Inspired by Summer!


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

FI NI SIMAN's entry

Butterfly has inspired me to create this simple but elegance,
black and white pattern.It will look good on wallpaper,
bed sheet, and comforter.


127. From Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States:

Archa Malhotra's entry

A pattern inspired by flowers. The circles are a bold contrast to the subtle and flowing stems.


128. From Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States:

Archa Malhotra's entry

Circles and Squares…Simple geometric shapes put together to form a bold pattern. Can be used with various color combinations and at various scales.


129. From Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States:

Archa Malhotra's entry

Inspired by bluebells…the color combination has a 3d effect when viewed from a distance.


130. From Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States:

Archa Malhotra's entry

A variation of the Cicles & Sqaures..at a smaller scale and with a different color combination.


131. From Archa Malhotra in Silver Spring, MD, United States:

Archa Malhotra's entry

Pattern inspired by flowers much more abstract and geometric.


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

FI NI SIMAN's entry

I used pen brush tool to create swirls from letter F and S,
then arranged them in shape of vine stems that grow up on the wall.


133. From Ida Persson in Tuscaloosa, AL USA:

Ida Persson's entry

Moose garden. Repeated image. The space in between creates makes the background function as a shape


134. From Maria Fuller Cheek in Roswell, GA USA:

Maria Fuller Cheek's entry

I love typefaces and they subtle differences between each, looking the same but expressing something different. It is a 6 inch repeat in 4 colors, but also shows well as simple black and white, or tone on tone.


135. From Kätlin in Estonia:

Kätlin's entry

“Matrjoska” pattern


136. From Kätlin in Estonia:

Kätlin's entry

“Butterfly” pattern, 2010 copyright by Katyushastudio.com


137. From Maria Cheek in Roswell, GA USA:

Maria Cheek's entry

I picture these shapes as cosmic olives in a fruity cocktail. They are in 3/c plus white. Yummy!


138. From Vitor Dengucho in Coimbra, Portugal:

Vitor Dengucho's entry

A simple geometric pattern, with 4 colors, including background.


139. From Samantha Willey in St. Petersburg, FL United States:

Samantha Willey's entry

Love birds and ornate flowers-all hand drawn pieces


140. From Samantha Willey in St. Petersburg, FL United States:

Samantha Willey's entry

Birds and hand drawn flowers


141. From HariPriya in Dehradun,Uttarakhand,India:

HariPriya's entry

a wallpaper with royal blue as background and unique pink pattern that enhances the new look.


142. From Samantha Salinas in Mexico city, Mexico:

Samantha Salinas's entry

Marias. Inspired by the traditional Mexican dolls


143. From Roshni Abraham in Bangalore, India:

Roshni Abraham's entry

BLOOM


144. From ROSHNI ABRAHAM in Bangalore, India:

ROSHNI ABRAHAM's entry

ORIENT


145. From ROSHNI ABRAHAM in Bangalore, India:

ROSHNI ABRAHAM's entry

FLORAL WAVE


146. From HariPriya in Dehradun,Uttarakhand,India:

HariPriya's entry

simple yet attractive pattern of kites and balloons that gives a bright appearance!


147. From HariPriya in Dehradun,Uttarakhand,India:

HariPriya's entry

CLASSIC


148. From VEronika Manukjan in Prague, Czech Republic:

VEronika Manukjan's entry

modern graphic design, playful, expressive and appropriate to complement modern interior


149. From VEronika Manukjan in Prague, Czech Republic:

VEronika Manukjan's entry

Modern design with a simple flower motif, colors in various shades of purple, creating the impression of lightness, such as light


150. From VEronika Manukjan in Prague, Czech Republic:

VEronika Manukjan's entry

Elegant graphics, modern flower in muted natural colors, an ideal addition to an apartment that prevails wood and latte tones

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

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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