Motorola Mobility’s Design Challenge Winner: Adam Owens

After almost a month after announcing the challenge, we are extremely excited to announce that the winner of Motorola Mobility’s Reception Desk Design Challenge is Adam Owens! Born and raised in Austin, TX, Owens was constantly in the shadow of construction sites with his dad, being exposed to industrial manufacturing processes (the most prominent being concrete processing). As a result of his upbringing, although Owens graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics, he ultimately became a freelance artist/designer after spending two semesters in architecture school.

For his submission piece, Owens created a desk that we detailed in an earlier post as having minimalist and Wabi-Sabi qualities. The judges of the competition seemed to agree. Steve Monaco, the Real Estate Operations Manager of Motorola Mobility and judge of the Design Challenge (who also received a BA and Master’s Degree in Architecture), states that Owens’ desk “gives tribute to our manufacturing approach because the different components of the desk are made off-site, shipped to the reception area and assembled in place.” Furthermore, they too were very impressed in the efficiency of how he utilized the wooden frame to create the concrete legs/cantilevers as the main surface for the desk. Monaco responds, saying, “We love the idea that the concrete is poured and the wood formwork is reused as the desk surface . . . innovative and sustainable – nothing was wasted or over-designed.”

Owens’ desk will be the front desk at Motorola Mobility’s division in Fort Worth, TX where they will be assembling their new flagship phone, the Moto X. Congratulations, Adam!

Adam 1

Adam 2

I would also like to give recognition to our three other finalists, Christina Fehan, Javier Velez, and Zac Lindemann, for the their beautiful designs as well. Please check all of them out!

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3 thoughts on “Motorola Mobility’s Design Challenge Winner: Adam Owens

  1. Mark says:

    Very nice – Well deserved winner, amazing what some designers can accomplish in such a short time!

  2. Jeannie says:

    This is pretty much why Tech companies like Motorola Mobility and Google are the coolest companies in the world. They are so willing to work with cool new companies with great, interesting ideas…and the output is something awesome like this. So exciting to see! Congrats Adam, Unbranded and Motorola!

  3. […] Eventually, we pared down all the great submissions down to 4 finalists and the eventual winner, Formwork by Adam Owens. Overall, we received a lot of positive feedback from designers, who strongly encouraged us to […]

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