A record 176 entries were submitted for the fourth annual Chair Affair Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. The program challenges students to come up with seating using only corrugated cardboard and glue.

The winning chair, “Conglomerate” (above), was created by Nicholette Chan, Andrew Kim, and Jean You of Cornell University. Shaped like a wedge and employing only three pieces of cardboard, the chair showed the strongest design concept, said the jury, offering the possibility of mass public seating and maximizing the product's strength while minimizing the use of materials.

More information on all of the winning designs can be found at www.aias.org/chairaffair. The six finalist chairs will be on display in Washington, D.C.'s National Building Museum during the AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference in July.