Georgian Interior Design students get creative for Napoleon

Georgian Honours Bachelor of Interior Design students put their skills and creativity to the test in a competition organized by Napoleon, a Barrie-based business, on April 4. The students were tasked with designing a gas stove heater with sustainability at its core.

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This competition was designed as a Think Tank exercise benefiting both the students and Napoleon. The student teams competed for scholarship prizes and benefits from Napoleon.

Everyone was happy with the results of the competition.

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We were delighted to partner with Georgian College for another year in a design competition aimed at fostering innovation, sustainability and creativity in design. The competition showcased many diverse and high-quality entries, making it an extremely difficult decision to select the winners. Our commitment to innovation and nurturing creativity is strengthened by partnerships like this one, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate in the future.

David Shulver, Vice President of Research and Development.

The winning teams

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Representatives from Napoleon presented the cheque to the first place winners. From left to right: Nicole Sardella – Sr. Product Manager, Napoleon; Frederico Palacios, Sr. Product Designer, Napoleon; Vanessa Millan, second-year student; Sarah Chisholm, second-year student; Marianna Arce-Rodriguez, first-year student; Lisa Tersigni, Graphic Designer, Napoleon; John Kennedy, Sr. Manager Product Engineering Hearth & Special Projects, Napoleon; and Todd Bush, R&D Development Supervisor, Hearth, Napoleon.

The incredible opportunity that Napoleon provided us with has been invaluable to our development as designers, innovators, and professional speakers. Being able to showcase our design and receive feedback and recognition for it has made us immensely proud. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this event possible, it has been an invaluable asset for our future, and a real personal accomplishment for us as designers.

– First place students
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Farima Ghahramani-Tabrizi, Melissa Bartolini, Hannah Kyla De Vera and Reece Sullivan placed second in the competition.

The Napoleon gas stove design competition was a challenging yet gratifying experience as a team designing a gas stove fireplace. We acquired a wealth of knowledge regarding the complex mechanics, venting systems, materials, weight, and OBC requirements that go into developing a genuinely innovative and distinctive fireplace. We were able to push the envelope of what is attainable through our combined efforts and produce a fireplace that not only meets but also surpasses expectations. This endeavour was a convincing illustration of the value of teamwork and the boundless possibilities of human invention.

– Second place students
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Kendall Koivisto and Brooke Hebner took home third prize in the competition.

The Napoleon Design Competition has been a great opportunity for all involved. We were given the chance to apply our conceptual and design-forward thinking to a gas fireplace that comes with required codes and regulations. The experience has resulted in the refinement of our design skills and communication, along with giving us a broader understanding of the components we typically implement into a design. Thank you, Napoleon!

– Third place students

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