Fine-furniture manufacturer Theodore Alexander launched its inaugural Distinction in Design program in 2010, searching three continents for one or more premiere senior-level design students to become part of the company’s design team. The program offers an opportunity to recognize young, passionate furniture designers and offer them once-in-a-lifetime employment opportunities.

The company contacted the leading design schools in the U.S., Europe and Australia and invited their students to submit a design brief and product renderings for consideration. The winner of this inaugural program is Andrew (Andy) Golombisky from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.

“The goal with our Distinction in Design program is to recognize the finest young furniture designers across the globe and to have them join us in defining and redefining today’s living spaces,” said Harvey Dondero, CEO at Theodore Alexander. “We’re looking forward to having Andy join our team.”

Each student was required to prepare a furniture design inspired by one of three historical references along with a specification for the designer’s use. The submissions were presented to a jury of renowned furniture experts representing the fields of product design, interior design, retail, marketing and manufacturing.

As the winner, Andy will travel to the Theodore Alexander facility in Vietnam to oversee the sampling and finishing of his design.

Andy, who also is a Celia Moh Scholarship winner, will graduate from Kendall in December with a degree in furniture design. As a way of maximizing this opportunity Theodore Alexander and Kendall worked together to create an independent study abroad and internship program for Andy so he can begin working with Theodore Alexander in the fall as an intern and transition to a full-time designer-in-residence upon his graduation.

“I’m excited about being a designer-in-residence for Theodore Alexander,” Andy said. “It’s rare that anyone gets such a fantastic opportunity so early in their career and I intend to take full advantage of the experience.”

Theodore Alexander’s 2011 Distinction in Design program will commence on September 1, 2010.  For more information about Distinction in Design, visit

About Theodore Alexander
Theodore Alexander is renowned for unmatched craftsmanship, exquisite finishes and extraordinary design. Covering a diversity of periods and styles, their collections encompass thousands of unique lighting, home accents, case goods and upholstered furnishings. Theodore Alexander and its licensed Althorp Living History collection, and newly introduced Keno Bros. collection, are available throughout the world at fine furniture galleries and design centers. For more information, please visit

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