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) »

201. Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada202. Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada
203. Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada204. Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia
205. Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia206. Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia
207. Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada208. Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia
209. Monica Novelli in Cesena, Italy210. Monica Novelli in Cesena, Italy
211. Monica Novelli in Cesena, Italy212. Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA
213. Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA214. Izabella in Budapest, Hungary
215. Izabella in Budapest, Hungary216. Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA
217. Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA218. aghyca in Budapest, Hungary
219. aghyca in Budapest, Hungary220. natalie in seattle, wa, USA
221. natalie in seattle, wa, USA222. natalie in seattle, wa, USA
223. natalie in seattle, wa, USA224. natalie in seattle, wa, USA
225. natalie in seattle, wa, USA226. aghyca in Budapest, Hungary
227. aghyca in Budapest,Hungary228. Cristina Pereira in Ovar, Portugal
229. Cristina Pereira in Ovar, Portugal230. Cristina Pereira in Ovar, Portugal
231. Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus232. Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus
233. Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus234. Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus
235. Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines236. Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus
237. Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus238. Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines
239. Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines240. Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco
241. Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco242. Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco
243. Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco244. Jade Raykovski in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
245. Jade Raykovski in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia246. FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA
247. Rosario Solis in Iloilo City,Philippines248. Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines
249. adrian lozdan in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL250. adrian lozdan in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL


201. From Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada:

Bev Snider's entry

Inspired by nature……curling vine


202. From Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada:

Bev Snider's entry

Inspired by nature…….red flowers


203. From Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada:

Bev Snider's entry

Inspired by Nature……white rabbits


204. From Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia:

Jelena Jolović's entry

My design represents a combination of rustic natural elements and hand-made lace, and it can be applied as wallpaper in interior.


205. From Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia:

Jelena Jolović's entry

Design also inspired by lace structure.


206. From Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia:

Jelena Jolović's entry

inspired by nature..fire,wood…Earth


207. From Bev Snider in Echo Lake Ontario Canada:

Bev Snider's entry

Inspired by Nature……..White Daisies


208. From Jelena Jolović in Belgrade, Serbia:

Jelena Jolović's entry

For this design I found an inspiration in a fact that rhythm in music can be translated into spatial rhythm.


209. From Monica Novelli in Cesena, Italy:

Monica Novelli's entry

Inspired by the shape of number 5


210. From Monica Novelli in Cesena, Italy:

Monica Novelli's entry

Inspired by horns and bulls


211. From Monica Novelli in Cesena, Italy:

Monica Novelli's entry

Inspired by a silhoette of a sitting girl


212. From Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA:

Kate Locke's entry

Nature inspired ginkgo leaf with calming water pattern in background


213. From Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA:

Kate Locke's entry

Autumn leaves in spice colors


214. From Izabella in Budapest, Hungary:

Izabella's entry

For those who like the feeling of infinity


215. From Izabella in Budapest, Hungary:

Izabella's entry

Modern, but elegant design


216. From Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA:

Kate Locke's entry

Floral pattern manipulated and inspired by a spirograph print


217. From Kate Locke in Arlington, MA USA:

Kate Locke's entry

Inspired by wind currents and patterns


218. From aghyca in Budapest, Hungary:

aghyca's entry

mixture of 3 different kind of flowers


219. From aghyca in Budapest, Hungary:

aghyca's entry

…and in an other colour combo


220. From natalie in seattle, wa, USA:

natalie's entry

Blurred looking plaid print


221. From natalie in seattle, wa, USA:

natalie's entry

Scaled down to show repeat. Would look better big…


222. From natalie in seattle, wa, USA:

natalie's entry

My country Picnic….. Scaled down to show the repeat.


223. From natalie in seattle, wa, USA:

natalie's entry

A new take on polka dots. Scaled down to show repeat.


224. From natalie in seattle, wa, USA:

natalie's entry

Stained glass inspired window


225. From natalie in seattle, wa, USA:

natalie's entry

another take on dots


226. From aghyca in Budapest, Hungary:

aghyca's entry

purple flowers and dots


227. From aghyca in Budapest,Hungary:

aghyca's entry

assosiation of torn roses


228. From Cristina Pereira in Ovar, Portugal:

Cristina Pereira's entry

Geometric pattern


229. From Cristina Pereira in Ovar, Portugal:

Cristina Pereira's entry

Draiwing inspiration from the braids


230. From Cristina Pereira in Ovar, Portugal:

Cristina Pereira's entry

Geometric pattern


231. From Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus:

Valeryia Antonava's entry

slices of watermelon and black-and-white geometry


232. From Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus:

Valeryia Antonava's entry

pattern of slices of watermelon and black-and-white geometry


233. From Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus:

Valeryia Antonava's entry

stylish white-red-black geometry of rectangles


234. From Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus:

Valeryia Antonava's entry

Two black stylized romantic flower on a white ground


235. From Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines:

Rosario Solis's entry

This pattern was inspired by the festive and unique culture of Southeast Asia.


236. From Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus:

Valeryia Antonava's entry

stylized romantic flowers with mesh (white background, black front)


237. From Valeryia Antonava in Minsk, Belarus:

Valeryia Antonava's entry

stylized romantic flowers with mesh (purple background, yellow front)


238. From Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines:

Rosario Solis's entry

I used blossoms to create this simple floral pattern. It looks more delicate and mild.


239. From Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines:

Rosario Solis's entry

Utilizing some elements from other patterns and playing with shapes, made me create new elements and combinations. The pattern is still symbolic of flowers and other organic matter.


240. From Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco:

Abdel Aziz Bouchnif's entry

the combinaition of the red & black give us the fascinaition & the excitement feeling.


241. From Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco:

Abdel Aziz Bouchnif's entry

nature !!!


242. From Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco:

Abdel Aziz Bouchnif's entry

nature !!!


243. From Abdel Aziz Bouchnif in Méknès- Morocco:

Abdel Aziz Bouchnif's entry

forms & colors.


244. From Jade Raykovski in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:

Jade Raykovski's entry

I have titled this entry ‘safari’. I think it’s a fun design, and would be great for kid’s rooms or retreat/rumpus areas. A love of African animals inspired this one.


245. From Jade Raykovski in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:

Jade Raykovski's entry

A more simple, geometric version of art deco…a classic pattern for all areas of the home.


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

FI NI SIMAN's entry

This pattern is inspired by Yo-yo, a toy made of two circular
parts that goes up and down a string.The soothing colors also
make you feel calm and relax.


247. From Rosario Solis in Iloilo City,Philippines:

Rosario Solis's entry

Inspired by the hippie, bohemian movement during the 60’s.


248. From Rosario Solis in Iloilo City, Philippines:

Rosario Solis's entry

This pattern was inspired by forms and shapes that I see in nature especially plants.


249. From adrian lozdan in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL:

adrian lozdan's entry

South America Indian draw
I do that because love the primitives forms
here there aplicant on color backgrounds and give the open posibility to do a nice and goods combinations
3 diferents with the first common draw


250. From adrian lozdan in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL:

adrian lozdan's entry

South America Indian draw
I do that because love the primitives forms
here there aplicant on color backgrounds and give the open posibility to do a nice and goods combinations
3 diferents with the first common draw

« 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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