New York magazine and Delta Faucet Company have launched the Design Beyond Fellowship for on-the-rise interior designers. Four fellows were chosen for the summerlong learning program, where they’re being mentored by the magazine’s design editor, Wendy Goodman, along with designers Delia Brennan, Billy Cotton, Young Huh and Ghislaine Viñas.
The work of the fellows—which, the contest partners note, includes imagining “future-facing spaces throughout a series of assignments”—will be documented in a four-part video series shared by the brands’ social channels. “The common thread I’ve observed among the wonderful rising talent I’ve encountered is the belief in the power of design to impact and transform,” said Goodman. “That in and of itself is the idea that drives the Design Beyond concept.”
The inaugural class of fellows includes Selin Kurun, a Fashion Institute of Technology grad who has been working as an interior design intern at Workshop/APD; Nicholas Ozemba, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design’s Furniture department, who is now design director at In Common With; Ajaee Shepard, who graduated from the New York School of Interior Design and is now a Modsy remote stylist; and Spencer Sight, a grad of Naropa University who is working on a full home renovation.
“The collective talent of these young designers inspires us and reinforces exactly why we are committed to supporting today’s and tomorrow’s design talent. We look forward to fostering growth and inspiring design for years to come,” said Catherine Roper, director of brand marketing at Delta Faucet. “Design is an art form. We embrace and challenge the emerging class of designers to reimagine kitchens and baths of the future with their creativity to truly push our company and our industry forward.”