SCAD Graduate Receives 2019 Frinier Scholarship

Quinten Juan Sanchez, a May graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), was awarded ICFA’s Richard Frinier Design Scholarship last month.

His winning design concept was “Eva,” an outdoor seating collection rendered in a new, thermally modified timber selected as a more sustainable alternative to teak.  “Minimal, clean, with the essence of elegance” is how Sanchez described his design.

“Quinten has a great understanding of materials and form and proportion and a good understanding of the differences between indoor and outdoor furnishings,” said SCAD professor Frederick Spector, who verified Quinten’s application.

The ICFA scholarship was endowed by Richard Frinier and his wife and business partner, Catherine, and launched in 2018 to support the next generation of outdoor product designers. Its purpose is to help raise awareness of the casual furnishings industry as a viable opportunity for young designers as they begin their careers, and to welcome new creative perspective to the industry.

Led by the Friniers, a team of industry professionals judged the applicants on a range of criteria including innovation, originality, aesthetics, material performance, finishes, colors, social context and marketability.

Quinten Juan Sanchez (left) receiving the
award from Richard Frinier (right).

“The winning entry from Quinten was a stand-out design among the submissions. He garnered high scores for his design conceptualization, development, form, function, viability, creativity and presentation,” said Richard Frinier. “The overall styling, ecological material selection, emotional value, social context and marketability were very well presented and articulated.”

In addition to the Friniers, judges for the scholarship competition included American Institute of Architects member Rachel Oleinick, Northworks, Chicago; American Society of Architects member Brad McCauley, Site Design Group Ltd., Chicago; Interior Design Association member Valerie Jardon, Box Studios, Chicago; Christian Narkiewicz, Chicago Athenaeum, Galena, Ill.; Steve Elton, Brown Jordan; and Zac Bryant, president of Lane Venture, who serves as chair of the ICFA Scholarship Committee.

“The talent exhibited by this year’s applicants was impressive,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, ICFA Executive Director. “We hope this opportunity for Quinten allows his originality, ideas and talents to be appreciated and encouraged to grow. He has a lot to offer our industry.”

Sanchez was awarded a $2,000 stipend plus airfare and lodging for a two-night stay in Chicago during Casual Market Chicago this month. He also will spend time with the Friniers, top ICFA officials and industry mentors.