This year Festival of the Trees celebrated their 27th year annual run, held at the Coral Gables Museum, December 8th, 2013. The main goal for this yearly Festival is to raise funds for student program enhancements in the Department of Interior Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts. It’s a new twist on a Christmas tradition, with the creativity of the design community coming together and sharing their interpretation of Christmas Trees. Firms all over South Florida par take in this friendly competition for such a great cause, creating and strengthening connections with one another. The trees were ranked by a juror and guest alike, winning various recognition’s such as: Most Elegant, Most Creative, Most Illuminated, Most Progressive, and People’s Choice.This year, over $20,000 was raised and over 500 people attended this wonderful event.
The rules for the trees are simple; it cannot be no more than 24” in depth and width and no more than 80 pounds, and with not height restrain. Sponsors supply the design teams with materials and it is up to the design team to come up with their interpretation of a Christmas trees with such materials. This year, there were 27 teams with 27 submissions. The winners were:
Most Elegant: #8 Via Design Studio, sponsored by Patcraft.
Most Creative: #11 Mohammed Shanti Design, sponsored by Hansgrohe .
Most Illuminated: #24 Studio 5 Design + Architecture, sponsored by Shaw Contract Group.
Most Progressive: #23 RTKL, sponsored by Humanscale and Bretford Manufacturing.
People’s Choice: #3 G Alvarez Design Studio, sponsored by Haworth Inc / JCwhite.
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