IFDA Rising Star Awards

Get ready, Minnesota. The design world is about to welcome some exciting new talent. In June, the International Furnishings and Design Association honored two standout local students with the Rising Star award, given to individuals whose work in the fields of residential and commercial design shows outstanding promise.

Sara Rosamond, whose drawings are pictured here, won the residential design award for her thoughtful design of a space to accommodate the needs of a deaf client. It offers an open layout with abundant sight lines, as well as a warm, welcoming gathering space. Large windows link the inside to the outside, giving the home a connection with nature. Says Rosamond: “The center of the house is cut open, creating one main connecting line between both floors and every room, so that no matter where my client is, she can see and communicate with others.”

Alisha Bunde won IFDA’s commercial design award for a rest area designed for the Minneapolis-St. Paul greenway. In addition to 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape, the three-story rest area includes an art gallery, restaurant, and open-air deck that can be enjoyed year-round.

Alisha graduated two days after receiving the Rising Star award in June; Sara is set to graduate this spring, which means both are preparing to make waves in the real world. We’ll hear more from these two!