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) »

301. Frederic Noyer in Italy, Florence302. Frederic Noyer in Italy, Florence
303. Erica Wheaton in Oviedo, Fl USA304. Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany
305. Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany306. Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany
307. Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany308. Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA
309. Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA310. Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA
311. Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA312. Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany
313. Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA314. David Moody in England
315. David Moody in England316. David Moody in England
317. David Moody in England318. FI NI SIMAN in GARDENA, CA, USA
319. Priyanka Bobal in INDIA320. Priyanka Bobal in INDIA
321. Priyanka Bobal in ,Chennai , INDIA322. Eri in Manila, Philippines
323. Eri in Manila, Philippines324. Eri in Manila, Philippines
325. Eri in Manila, Philippines326. Alejandra Selesner in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL
327. Alejandra Selesner in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL328. Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa
329. Francesca Melandri in Como, Italy, Lombardia330. Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria
331. Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria332. Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria
333. Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria334. Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria
335. Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria336. nicole wong in Singapore
337. nicole wong in Singapore338. Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
339. Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén340. Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
341. Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén342. Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines
343. Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines344. Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa
345. Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa346. Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa
347. Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines348. Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines
349. Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines350. Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines


301. From Frederic Noyer in Italy, Florence:

Frederic Noyer's entry

Personal abstract painting


302. From Frederic Noyer in Italy, Florence:

Frederic Noyer's entry

personal abstract painting


303. From Erica Wheaton in Oviedo, Fl USA:

Erica Wheaton's entry

This entry is a bold take on a modern-victorian style.


304. From Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany:

Nadine Hensel's entry

Floral ornaments with a modern twist


305. From Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany:

Nadine Hensel's entry

Floral ornaments with a modern twist


306. From Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany:

Nadine Hensel's entry

Floral ornaments with a modern twist


307. From Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany:

Nadine Hensel's entry

Floral ornaments with a modern twist


308. From Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA:

Duane Fisher's entry

City #1


309. From Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA:

Duane Fisher's entry

Ginko Leaves


310. From Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA:

Duane Fisher's entry

Ginko 2


311. From Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA:

Duane Fisher's entry

Ocean #1


312. From Nadine Hensel in Berlin, Germany:

Nadine Hensel's entry

Floral ornaments with a modern twist


313. From Duane Fisher in San Diego CA USA:

Duane Fisher's entry

Rose Square


314. From David Moody in England:

David Moody's entry

My inspiration came from pixel art from computer games and grafitti and applying the same idea to a floral pattern.


315. From David Moody in England:

David Moody's entry

Using typography as patterns to create something different.


316. From David Moody in England:

David Moody's entry

Another take on the spiral type effect


317. From David Moody in England:

David Moody's entry

A great typeface that creates a more ethnic look and feel


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

FI NI SIMAN's entry

A for Alluminare; if you look at the pattern carefully, you will see letter A that represents Alluminare.


319. From Priyanka Bobal in INDIA:

Priyanka Bobal's entry

floral pattern in the indian style


320. From Priyanka Bobal in INDIA:

Priyanka Bobal's entry

DESIGN INSPIRED FROM THE VIEW OF A TREE FROM BELOW IN THE NIGHT


321. From Priyanka Bobal in ,Chennai , INDIA:

Priyanka Bobal's entry

soothing colour balance of a nature inspired design


322. From Eri in Manila, Philippines:

Eri's entry

Classy and fun is how I would describe my style. I wanted my first design to say just that. This is a fresh, fun take on the classic floral motif. ( 4 colors) 


323. From Eri in Manila, Philippines:

Eri's entry

This is a very modern design that tames the “girliness” of butterflies but keeps their beauty and fragility intact. It works with or without the third color. But I think the third color makes it more interesting. 😀


324. From Eri in Manila, Philippines:

Eri's entry

Inspired by my anticipation of the rainy season. It’s just sooo hot here in my country right now! (2 colors)


325. From Eri in Manila, Philippines:

Eri's entry

Nature inspires in an infinite number of ways, but it would be very big mistake to assume that it is the only source of inspiration. Take a look around! That dusty, old, web-infested cupboard might just get your creative juices flowing. Note: this looks really cute and fun when tiled… trust me! (4 colors)


326. From Alejandra Selesner in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL:

Alejandra Selesner's entry

I fell the cotton, cords group, pastel color, ligthing.


327. From Alejandra Selesner in Hermesh.Shomron.ISRAEL:

Alejandra Selesner's entry

look over the mirror, is a lovely kid play thing.
I remember that. every one nows. multiply forms.


328. From Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa:

Jana Bosse

Simplistic pillow case with a blue theme, can also be used as a lampshade cover. Enjoy my designs because I loved doing them. Thank you kindly.


329. From Francesca Melandri in Como, Italy, Lombardia:

Francesca Melandri's entry

Magic colored birds named kuggiani.They give lucky to everyone loves them!


330. From Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Milena Fetvadjieva's entry

Body lace.
А stylize human figure is the base of the presented pattern. Rotated and multiplied it creates the so-called “body lace”.
The colors are focusing on different elements of the same pattern in each composition.
Hereby is the composition, focusing on the diagonals.


331. From Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Milena Fetvadjieva's entry

Body lace
А stylize human figure is the base of the presented pattern.
Rotated and multiplied it creates the so-called “body lace”.
The colors are focusing on different elements of the same pattern in each composition.
Hereby is the composition, focusing on the circles.


332. From Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Milena Fetvadjieva's entry

Body lace.
А stylize human figure is the base of the presented pattern. Rotated and multiplied it creates the so-called “body lace”. The colors are focusing on different elements of the same pattern in each composition.
Hereby is the composition, focusing on the spaces, between the figures.
The pattern is suitable for all kind of products – wallpaper, fabrics, lampshades.


333. From Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Milena Fetvadjieva's entry

Body lace – agglomeration.
The pattern is suitable for all kind of products – wallpaper, fabrics, lampshades.


334. From Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Milena Fetvadjieva's entry

“Doves and dots” is a friendly design, especially for kids.
Appropriate for fabrics, wallpapers and lampshades in the kid’s room.
Girl’s model.


335. From Milena Fetvadjieva in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Milena Fetvadjieva's entry

“Doves and dots” is a friendly design, especially for kids.
Appropriate for fabrics, wallpapers and lampshades in the kid’s room.
Boy’s model.


336. From nicole wong in Singapore:

nicole wong's entry

Blossoming flowers on a milky palette.


337. From nicole wong in Singapore:

nicole wong's entry

Essence of tropical Bali. Bright color combinations mimicking Bali’s lovely sunny weather.


338. From Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén:

Boda Boglárka's entry

Kis Herceg: character illustration


339. From Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén:

Boda Boglárka's entry

The Snake and bear


340. From Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén:

Boda Boglárka's entry

The railroad or The award


341. From Boda Boglárka in Miskolc, Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén:

Boda Boglárka's entry

The limitless


342. From Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines:

Stephanie M. Uy's entry

Modern Abstract Design with Brown, Turquoise and White Hues.


343. From Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines:

Stephanie M. Uy's entry

Octagon shapes with Turquoise and Yellow green hues.


344. From Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa:

Jana Bosse

Enigma of pink and purple, inspired to keep babies busy.


345. From Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa:

Jana Bosse

Shapes to inspire and entice in monochrome.


346. From Jana Bosse' in Kempton Park, South Africa:

Jana Bosse

Music to your child’s eyes. Blue to keep it cool!!


347. From Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines:

Stephanie M. Uy's entry

Flowers with Pink and Blue Green Hues.


348. From Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines:

Stephanie M. Uy's entry

White Flowers with leaves.


349. From Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines:

Stephanie M. Uy's entry

Retro abstract design.


350. From Stephanie M. Uy in Las-Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines:

Stephanie M. Uy's entry

Flowing Leaves.

« 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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