The ICFA/Richard Frinier Design Scholarship

The ICFA/Richard Frinier Design Scholarship was established in 2016 and is endowed by the renowned designer and his wife and partner, Catherine, to inspire design students in the creation of innovative outdoor living spaces for residential, contract and hospitality environments. The annual scholarship is awarded to the winner of an online competition in which college-level students submit their original designs for outdoor living products.

Richard Frinier

The Competition

Students submit designs in the categories of furniture, textiles/materials, lighting, accessories or shade structure to be judged on criteria including:

  • innovation and original design related to use of materials
  • aesthetics of form and style 
  • materials / textiles
  • material performance in withstanding the elements of nature for full-time outdoor use
  • texture
  • finishing
  • colors / color options
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • concept sketch/illustration as compared to finished prototype or scale model
  • adaptability across residential, contract and hospitality use and markets
  • emotional values and connection with target audience and end-user
  • social context
  • timelessness of design regardless of the styling of the design
  • marketability / salability / story

The Award

The winner of the The ICFA/Richard Frinier Design Scholarship Competition will receive:

  • A $2,000 scholarship to support their design studies
  • One round-trip economy class airfare ticket and one night’s hotel stay in Chicago to attend Casual Market Chicago with a tour by industry mentors
  • Personal introductions to Richard Frinier, Jackie Hirschhaut, Executive Director of ICFA, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICFA during Casual Market Chicago
  • An in-person or phone meeting with Richard Frinier to discuss student’s design career interests and how best to apply their interests, talents and energy within the casual furniture industry in the future
  • A ticket to the ICFA Awards Gala where they will be presented with the ICFA/Richard Frinier Design Scholarship