• Credit: Courtesy Foremost Groups

Have you ever felt like the current crop of bath vanities on the market lacked enough style or functionality for your tastes? Now is your chance to channel your inner industrial designer.

East Hanover, N.J.–based bathroom products manufacturer Foremost Groups has launched a new contest to see who can design the most stylish bath vanity. The lucky winner will take home a check for $5,000, and the company will donate $1,000 to Habitat For Humanity.

"This is the chance for us to encourage the design of green, sustainable, and problem-solving products while also giving back to the community," says Dave Bruce, executive vice president of Foremost.

Open to students, design enthusiasts, amateurs, and professional designers who are at least 18 years of age or older, the Foremost Vanity Design Challenge will start accepting designs starting January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012.

The company is looking for designs that incorporate sustainability and green features, such as recycled or reclaimed materials; or designs that address issues being neglected by today’s bathroom vanities, such as aging in place or universal design.

In order to qualify for the cash prize, entries must be original designs and should include a vanity, top, sink, an element of storage, and hardware. "How they are presented is up to you!" the company declares.

"The choice of doors and/or drawers, as well as hardware type and size are not specified and are your choice," the company says. "Vanity width must be a standard 36". Materials are not specified, although green and sustainable materials are preferred. However, it is important that the materials are appropriate for a bathroom setting and will not degrade with the average moisture expected in that environment. Vanity top and sink can be one piece or two. Sink can be top mount or under mount. Design can feature a vanity-mounted or wall-mounted faucet."

In addition to awarding the $5,000 cash prize, the company will display the winning rendering in the Foremost Groups corporate booth at the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago. A winner will be announced on or around April 10, 2012 on the Foremost Groups Facebook page.

For more information and complete contest rules, visit www.bathvanitydesign.com.