M2L has awarded $8,500 in scholarships to four students who won the second annual Genuine Design Competition.
The winners were selected by a panel including Museum of Arts and Design curator David McFadden and Interior Design web editor Laurel Petriello. Developed in conjunction with Ruth Lynford, founder of the New York Eleven consortium of design schools, the contest challenged students to create a public service announcement video on the harmful impact knockoffs have on the design industry and the necessity of copyrights.
Arizona State University interior design student Katherine Dabkowski was awarded the $3,500 first prize scholarship with her video about intellectual property rights and the moral and legal issues associated with unauthorized reproductions, including trademark infringement and deceptive advertising.
Sarah Muchow, an interior design major at the New York School of Interior Design, was awarded the $2,500 second prize scholarship. Marita Montes of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Stuart Fingerhut of Los Angeles' Art Center College of Design won the $1,500 and $1,000 third and fourth prize scholarships, respectively. Honorable mentions went to NYSID's Kyla Pellicani and Rhodec International's Typhanie Peterson.