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Drexel Team Announced as Finalists in FRAME Magazine International Competition 


April 17, 2020

Interior Architecture graduate students Ala FelembanShelly Mascarenhas, and Kristianne Simeon were selected as finalists in the international Frame x Montana Creative Challenge 2020. 
The design trio, entering the competition as Couple of Bandits, conceptualized the Modern Watering Hole: An Open-Door Social Office as a “space intended to be a convivial meeting point and social incubator.” Inspiration for the design came from “the disarming quality of play and playfulness,” fully evident in the project’s fun and energetic perspectives. 
Co-sponsored by Frame Magazine and Danish furniture company Montana, participants were tasked with visualizing a fluid, hybrid office lobby serving both an internal office community and the surrounding neighborhood, ultimately creating a multi-functional space designed for various users. Montana products, including the system’s 40 colors were to be used to their full potential: “Designers should consider the effect that colours have on mind-set and productivity; the treatment of floor and walls should be considered in the design concept to create a coherent whole; the final space could facilitate activities such as desk work, meeting, waiting and (seated) socializing; and the entire environment should be playful, colourful, photogenic and – most importantly – welcoming. 

The winning proposal, to be announced later this spring, will be exhibited in the Montana showroom during Denmark’s annual 3daysofdesign.