Thermador opens applications for 2022 Diversity in Design Pipeline
Thermador, the American luxury home appliance brand, opens the application period for the second year of its Diversity in Design Pipeline initiative, which, in partnership with the Interior Design Society (IDS), aims to empower a new generation of design talent from underrepresented communities. In addition to a comprehensive prize package including a $10,000 tuition financial scholarship, five students entering their final year in an accredited interior design program will receive a one-year bespoke mentorship by revered design experts to pursue their budding careers within the industry. Invitations to key industry events, exclusive training and a one-year student membership to IDS complete the package.
“As a brand that remains at the forefront of design and innovation, it’s equally important to us that we focus on diversity in an industry that represents a critical segment of our brand,” said Beatriz Sandoval, Director of Brand Marketing for Thermador. “Thermador has identified the need to promote inclusiveness in the space, and we consider it an honor to be able to foster an environment for deserving students and to have the opportunity to further discover the depth of their talents, interests and their creativity in the desired career. domain. We want to make sure that when they are ready to enter the workforce, they will feel the support and encouragement from our brand and our partners in this initiative.
Experienced industry leaders will also participate in diversity in the design pipeline by serving on the student selection committee. The panel, chosen by Thermador and IDS, will select five incoming senior students to receive this opportunity to start their careers with the necessary tools after graduation. The esteemed jury includes: Carisha Swanson, Director of Special Editorial Projects at House Beautiful, Justin Q. Williams, Design Star at HGTV, Tyler Wisler, International Designer, David Charette, Founding Director of Britto Charette, and Juliana Oliveira, Set Designer award-winning Brazilian interior.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Diversity in Design Scholarship Program,” said panel judge and HGTV Design Star Alum Justin Williams. “This program is key to initiating diversity and representing those who can often be overlooked. I look forward to applicants and review their applications.”
In order to provide award winners with the necessary knowledge they will need to successfully embark on their promising careers within the industry, Thermador and IDS invite professional designers to participate in the program by lending their expertise as a guidance resource to students. winners. Five business mentors will be hand-selected by the same panel of judges and will act as subject matter experts throughout the one-year program, as outlined by Thermador, and will be invited to attend organized industry events by the brand and IDS.
“Coming out of the inaugural year of this initiative, IDS is thrilled to once again lend its voice to help pave the way for the next generation of up-and-coming talent,” said Jenny Cano, Executive Director of Interior Design. Society. “To be part of this journey alongside Thermador and the judges whose remarkable work inspires future leaders in interior design is not only gratifying, but also a truly invaluable experience. Providing this design foundation along with impactful networking opportunities for deserving students is why we at IDS do what we do.
Interior design students from underrepresented communities interested in the Diversity in Design Pipeline, as well as certified designers interested in becoming program mentors, can both apply through the Interior Design Society (IDS) online application portal. until May 30, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed by the IDS Selection Committee, prior to the announcement of the winners and selected mentors in July 2022.
For more information on the Diversity in Design Pipeline initiative, please visit Thermador’s website.
About the Judges
House Beautiful Director of Editorial Special Projects
Carisha Swanson is originally from Georgia and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. After completing her BA Honors in American Studies, she returned to Atlanta, GA to work for WW publisher Norton & Co. She then left for Connecticut to continue her work in book publishing with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt . It was during this time that her passion for design led her into the world of retail management and magazine publishing. She began working simultaneously as a manager for retailer Crate & Barrel and as a freelance market writer for Moffly Media, a publisher of six regional magazines and luxury hideaways in Fairfield County, CT. Over the next five years, she would become a full-time editor at Moffly Media, help launch two new titles and lead several custom projects, including their annual luxury gift portfolio and beauty book.
In 2013, Carisha joined Hearst as Market Editor for the Hearst Design Group, which included House Beautiful, Veranda and ELLE Decor, with a focus on kitchen, bath, construction and technology. She was later promoted to Senior Market Writer, and in 2018 became Market Manager for House Beautiful’s print and digital properties. In 2022, his title became Director of Special Editorial Projects, focusing on brand partnerships, consumer-facing programming and 360° editorial content creation. She continues to be a brand ambassador leading design conversations globally.
Tyler Wisler is an international, influential and sought-after designer. He has been featured on hit shows such as HGTV’s Design Star, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s George To The Rescue and Lifetime’s The Way Home. Most recently, Tyler acted as a judge and mentor in Asia’s largest design competition, “The Apartment”, where he is known for his love and thoughtful, practical advice. Her work has been seen in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle Decor, and Better Homes and Gardens. Tyler is currently the Chief Designer and Creative Head of Point 21, which is Malaysia’s leading source for luxury furniture, lighting, accessories and lifestyle items.
Justin Q. Williams
HGTV Design Star Cast & Founder of Trademark Design Company
Justin Q. Williams is an Atlanta-based interior designer whose love for decorating and design grew into starting his business at age 21, Trademark Design Company. In addition to being featured in magazines such as HGTV Magazine, House Beautiful, Atlanta Magazine, AM HOME, Modern Luxury Interiors and many more, it is also featured in Picture Perfect Parties, a Rizzoli International cookbook filled with stylish solutions for entertaining.
Born in the small town of Opelika, Alabama, Justin is now a highly sought-after interior designer with extensive exposure to all elements of design, including photo styling. As a photo-stylist, Justin has worked on stylish interiors that have graced the pages of numerous publications. Justin’s hope is to create fashionable yet functional spaces for people who are looking for it. His life’s work has been to help others live better and he will continue to do so by improving spaces, one home at a time.
Award-winning designer and founding director of Britto Charette
David Charette is an award-winning Chartered Interior Designer with extensive international experience, having completed compelling design projects all over the world. David’s progressive design initiatives include corporate campuses, GSA, higher education, commerce, retail and multi-million dollar residence halls. David earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture from the University of Detroit and has over 20 years of experience in urban planning, master planning, zoning, streetscapes and interior design. As director of his own company, Britto Charette, he specializes in ultra-luxury interiors. Charette’s forward-thinking designs have won international press and numerous accolades, including Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year award, while his integrity and work ethic have earned him the respect of his clients, his team and his peers in the design industry.
Award-winning Brazilian interior designer
Juliana Oliveira is a Brazilian interior designer and owner of Beyond Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm based in Dallas, Texas. With over a decade of experience, his work is rooted in modern luxury with an international influence for residential and commercial properties. With a background in wellness design, the award-winning interior designer co-founded Athlete Centric Design™, a design concept and experience that transforms the homes of professional athletes into recharging stations grounded in health and wellness elements. welfare.
With community enhancement at the forefront of her work and as a former member of the IDS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Oliveira aims to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion within the industry for the current and next generation of interior designers and creatives to thrive.
Oliveira has been recognized as the Texas Designer for Business of Home’s 50 States Project 2020 and the 2022 DHome’s Best Designers List. His work and expertise can be found in Forbes, AD PRO, Rue Magazine, House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, The Dallas Morning News, D Home, Modern Luxury and more.