(From left): Grand prize winner Athena Abrol; Natalie Jones, Mannington; grand prize winner Laurel Harrison; and Tom Davis, Mannington ceo.

Mannington Commercial has announced the two grand prize winners of its tx:style design challenge: Athena Abrol of WWCOT and Laurel Harrison of AECOM.

“It has been wonderful to work with the seven talented young finalists over the past few months, as they have developed their concepts into patterns for the big vote,” said Natalie Jones, vp of commercial brand development and creative product. “We are so proud of the creativity and clarity of design vision that each one brought to the table.”

Online voting opened mid-May and closed earlier today at noon so the winners could be announced at 2:00 p.m., in Mannington’s NeoCon showroom. Around 125 designers and members of the press came to the announcement, where it was revealed that Abrol and Harrison, having received the top number of votes, were grand prize winners.

Abrol and Harrison each win $7,500 in total prize money and, over the course of the coming year, will work with Mannington’s design development team to create a full collection around their winning pattern – one hard surface, and one carpet.

“We are delighted with both patterns, and will now begin the process with the designers and our in-house team of determining which will be developed as a hard surface and which as a carpet,” says Jones. “Both collections will be launched into the market in time for NeoCon next year.”

Mannington's tx:style community is an online community where more than 13,000 registrants from around the world share product and project inspiration, and participate in monthly contests.