Pop the champagne – winners have been chosen!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2014 DWR Champagne Chair Contest. Our judges — design journalist Pilar Viladas, designer Theo Richardson of the design trio Rich Brilliant Willing and designer David Weeks — send their sincere appreciation to all the entrants this year.   

66. Lounge pod

First Place and a $1,000 DWR Gift Card goes to Dale Foronda for his "Lounge Pod." After sketching out ideas for a few days, Dale finally decided he would need a Dremel rotary tool with grinding stone bits, Olfa SVR1 utility knife, cutting mat and sand paper to build his chair. It took 1.5 hours to complete. "I wanted to create a chair that was simple, and yet maintain the integrity of the champagne cork without deviating too far from its original form," says Foronda. Here's what our judges had to say:

“It’s inventive. Concise.” –Pilar Viladas

“This could be made into a real chair, at full scale, made out of cork, for us to actually sit in.” –Theo Richardson

20. Nesting Chair in champagne bubble

Second Place a $500 DWR Gift Card goes to Jill Orlov for her "Nesting Chair in Champagne Bubble." It was inspired by Matryoshka nesting dolls and a lifelong love of miniature things (Orlov's favorite products from DWR are the Vitra Miniatures). For materials, Orlov collected champagne bottle parts from several of the top restaurants in Baltimore, including Grand Cru. She worked on her chair for three weeks, and her tools included jeweler's pliers, a leather-headed hammer, super glue and a Dremel rotary tool. She used a salt bowl as a mold. Here's what our judges had to say:

“It’s the Russian Doll of chairs.” –Theo Richardson

“As far as product design goes, it’s the most well executed.” –David Weeks

“I give it points for inventiveness.” –Pilar Viladas

50. CHAIR#2014

Third Place and a $250 DWR Gift Card goes to James E. McCay for his "Chair#2014." Inspired by New Year's Eve, he wanted the chair to feel unmistakably "champagne". "I love the colors of the Veuve Clicquot label and foil and thought that weaving the two together would give a wonderfully rich contrast and feel a bit like confetti at the same time." It took him 12 hours to create his chair. The most challenging part was getting the label off in one piece. McCay's tools included a ruler, X-Acto knife, needle-nose pliers and Elmer's glue. He also put a lot of care into the packaging the chair came in. We loved that extra touch.

Here's what our judges had to say:

“It looks like this designer backed the foil with the label to make a textile.” –Theo Richardson

“I don’t think they needed the headrest. It’s really nice without it.” –Pilar Viladas


Our judging panel had fun debating over these tiny chairs. 


On behalf of our judges and everyone here at DWR, we would like to congratulate all the contestants. Thank you for taking the time to create a champagne chair for our annual contest. Please browse all 311 submissions here

We'll see you next year!