Amber Scott, a Ball State junior in interior design, placed in the top ten in the national 2022 FORM Student Innovation Competition held by the Formica Corporation. The annual competition, now in its fifth season, had over 100 entries from 26 universities across the U.S. and Canada. The competition invited students to design furniture for the next generation and required the use of Formica® Laminate woodgrain products, in recognition of the traditional fifth-anniversary gift of wood.

About Amber’s design “As They Grow”

The “As They Grow” furniture piece is an adaptable crib that can grow with a child as they age. The transformation from crib to desk allows for a more economical and sustainable solution to accommodate the different stages in a child’s life. All pieces, aside from the mattress and changing surface, are used for the transformation into a desk. To allow for maximum usage, the removed changing surface can also be used as a tray to store markers, papers, and other supplies. Three different Formica products were used in the design. The Formica Writable Surfaces was used on the drawer fronts and the desk surface. A parent or child can label or draw on the drawers. The child can also use the desk surface to express their creativity.

View her crib transformation here.


Desk and crib renderings by Amber Scott