With a design proposal called “Modern Farmland,” Noelle Samantha Bernardo bagged the gold award in the Interior Design category of the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA), an annual global competition for student-designers, awarded last November 24 at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.
Given the theme of “Be Bold, Be Free, Be You,” Bernardo’s design depicts a place where people can purchase a wide variety of art materials, create projects, and display works of art.
“A lot of people would benefit from it, especially us, the art students who struggle to find a one-stop shop. In addition, art students are in need of a place for project making,” she said.
Considering the importance of sustainability and environmental concerns, her design consists of bamboo plywood, coconut wood, and other reclaimed wood. In addition, she mentioned another inspiration was to restore abandoned heritage sites in the country, particularly the old GSIS building in Arroceros Street and transform this into a hub for artists.
“I want the society to know me as the humble designer that made a significant mark in design history,” Bernardo shared in an interview with The Benildean.
AYDA was introduced to the Philippines in 2014 and was previously called the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) which recently expanded its network to 15 countries and relaunched as the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA). According to its official website, AYDA aims to inspire interior design and architectural students to apply creativity and innovation in the implementation of design.
Bernardo’s fellow Philippine representative Maria Rebecca Plaza (National University) also won gold for the Architecture Design category. Both representatives will compete for the regional Platinum Award to be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this year. Gold awardees were given a P50,000 cash prize, as well as a six-month internship with top architectural firm Aidea Inc. and top Interior Design firm Lor Calma and Partners.