Lamin-Art ‘Dressed’ for Success in Georgia Competition

Best in Spring award goes to Lamin-Art’s WWII-inspired look

SCHAUMBURG, IL 10/14/2013 — Project Runway met Interior Design on September 26 at the 4th-annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia Dressed competition, proving that designer collections aren’t the only stylings deserving of a catwalk. And Lamin-Art proved to be quite the belle of the ball after one winning look placed both Metal-Art and Veneer-Art front and center, and went on to win the Best in Spring award at the end of the night.

Pairing Atlanta’s most talented interior designers and architects with leading materials manufacturers, the event challenged 20 design teams to construct a runway-ready, couture garment made almost entirely of high design finish materials, including decorative laminates, wall coverings, floor and wall tile, carpet, vinyl, rubber base, contract furniture, paint and more.

Established to promote the creativity of the interior design community, the Dressed event has become the IIDA Georgia Chapter’s largest annual event, drawing approximately 500 attendees. Appropriately, the event is an important fundraiser benefiting Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and career advice to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.

Lamin-Art paired with architecture firm ASD to create a striking World War II fighter plane-themed couture gown and structured bomber jacket combination that went on to win the Best in Spring award. Drawing inspiration from images of fighter planes, the atomic bomb, Rosie the Riveter, and WWII newspaper headlines, the ASD design team created the award-winning dress using materials Lamin-Art had contributed to the event, including a metallic surface sheet from their Metal-Art collection and wood print sheets from their Premium Wood Prints collection.

One of the dress’s most striking features, the structured metallic bodice, was made using Metal-Art 623 Classic Brushed Bronze. Complete with rivets pressed along the edges, the bodice was inspired by WWII fighter planes and other metallic war paraphernalia. The dress wasn’t the only garment that required Lamin-Art’s helping hand — our wood veneers were also used as structural support for the coat and hat combination, which accessorized the gown.

Tara Harris, architectural representative for Lamin-Art in the greater Atlanta area and IIDA’s industry representative, said the show was a huge success.

“The idea for the competition’s theme started last summer,” she says. “Having witnessed the evolution of each team’s design concepts from gorgeous sketches to vogue creations, it was great to see their creative ideas emerge as fashions being worn on the runway.”

Other Seasonal winners included idea|span (Best in Winter), WB Interiors (Best in Summer), Perkins + Will (Best in Fall) and Harris + Smith (Best in Show). Winners were selected by a panel of five distinguished designers based on criteria such as creativity, craftsmanship, detailing within the garment, use of materials, and wearability.

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About the International Interior Design Association:
Founded in 1994, the International Interior Design Association aims to promote excellence in interior design through knowledge, value and community. Established to support the creativity of the architecture and design community, the organization’s “Dressed for Success” event has become the IIDA Georgia Chapter’s largest annual event. The competition, which acts as a fundraiser for members of the A+D community, benefits Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and career advice to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide. For more information, visit

About Lamin-Art:
Lamin-Art is the North American design leader in architectural surfaces, including decorative laminates; pre-finished, real wood veneers; and embossed, metallic surfaces. With a philosophy of anticipating trends to develop and market innovative surfacing materials, Lamin-Art partners with interior designers, architects, and fabricators to facilitate their visions by providing innovative products that add value and elegance to interior spaces. Having supplied the commercial design and architectural professions for more than 50 years, our exclusive designs can be found in high-profile retail stores, hotels, restaurants, showrooms, trade show exhibits and more. Visit for more information.

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