Bar design challenge for students

Interior design students across the UK have been invited to enter a competition that challenges them to design a bar or restaurant.

Now in its 10th year, the Satelliet-Browns Student Design Challenge 2013 calls on them to design a bar or restaurant for competitors, officials and visitors to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Targeted at interior design students at colleges and universities around the UK, it is run by Satelliet-Browns, a leading supplier of furniture for hotels, restaurants and bars, which has showrooms in Glasgow and Surrey.

It is judged by leading designers, including many specialising in the hospitality sector, with Shaun Clarkson ID, Grapes Associates, Hambury Hird Smith and the British Contract Furnishing Association among those involved in the judging process in the past.

Managing director Harvey Ockrim said: “This is a great opportunity for young designers to strike gold with their design skills and get their careers off to a flying start. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work to top names in the industry.”

The 2012 competition was won by Lincoln University student Jessica Gray with her designs for Network bar and restaurant (pictured).

The Design Challenge brief tells competitors: “Using the Commonwealth Games, Scottish heritage and the local area as your inspiration, the competition requires that you design your own practical, modern and innovative bar or restaurant interior, complete with furniture, bar fittings and lighting, in an existing space. Details of this location will be provided to you alongside this brief.

“Using the plans provided, your challenge is to create a new and exciting bar or restaurant environment that will provide a dynamic, entertaining atmosphere for delegates, athletes, supporters and international guests.”

The brief takes Satelliet-Browns backs to its roots in Glasgow where it started life as Browns Furniture Company in 1948.

Harvey added: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games created a fantastic atmosphere and sense of excitement, which the Commonwealth Games are expected to build upon when they come to Glasgow.

“We are confident our young designers will capture some of that enthusiasm and buzz in their entries.”

The competition is free to enter, and carries cash prizes as well as the chance to work on a professional design specification. Entries close on April 5, 2013.

Full details of the brief and how to enter are available by email from, or the Design Challenge Facebook page at

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