2019 Chair Affair | Furniture Design Competition

Entry Guidelines
Jurors will judge entries on the following criteria:  
1) Concept Statement (clear explanation of entry)  
2) Creativity of Piece (design innovation and uniqueness).  
3) Function (usability and appropriateness). 
4) Craftsmanship and execution (structural and aesthetic value).  
Entries are not limited to chairs, but MUST be furniture i.e.: tables, chairs, benches, sofas, bureaus, etc. 
Entries must be freestanding, and wall or ceiling mounted pieces will not be accepted. Pieces must
weigh less than 300 pounds and be original in design. Pieces may draw inspiration from past or present
furniture designs but may not directly copy. Entries must be assembled or manufactured between April
21, 2018 and April 27, 2019. 
Seven awards will be presented at the Chair Affair Gala:

  • Best Professional Design

  • Best Student Design (Grad)

  • Best Student Design (Undergrad)

  • Best Craftsmanship

  • Best Functional Design

  • Most Creative Design

  • People’s Choice Award

Category placement will be at the jury’s discretion. When entering the competition, it is not necessary to select a category you wish to enter. People’s Choice Award is selected by Gala attendees. Prizes will be awarded in each category and awarded at the Chair Affair Gala held on April 27, 2019. 
Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid on IDI Payment Portal unless other arrangements are
made. Entry fee will be $40.00. Please fill out 2019 ENTRY FORM.


ALL entry forms MUST be submitted no later than April 19, 2019. Entries later than April 19 will be considered late and will not be judged. There will be no exceptions and the entry fee will remain non-refundable. Entry fee does not include ticket to the Gala, and entrants must purchase tickets separately. Tickets may be purchased online (see
our website for more details: IDI Payment Portal or at the door.  
Entries to be delivered to 1385 S. Blue Marlin Ln. in Meridian, Idaho (N.E. corner next to Roaring Springs) between 10:30am and 12:30pm Saturday April 27. Late Deliveries will not be accepted. Please contact Sarah if you have special drop off needs at (208) 761-8361. Please verify on entry form if idi is allowed to move your entry. 
Entries and Awards MUST be picked up Sunday, April 28th between 9am and 11am at the Gala Site.
idi will not be responsible for entries left behind after 11:00 am Sunday, April 28th 2019.