The Porada International Design Award is now calling on designers around the world to send in their best ideas.
Top image: 2013 Second Prize winner, Student category – Ply by Bence Kovacsik
Italian furniture manufacturer Porada is on the prowl for fresh and innovative ideas, and it is taking its search worldwide via its Porada International Design Award.
The brief this year has its focus on Mirrors. Given Porada’s specialisation in wooden furniture, it is asking aspiring designers, professionals and students to submit original, yet to be published designs of mirrors in which wood is a prevalent – but not exclusive – element. The work, says the company, also needs embody the values of Porada production. Amongst the various guidelines, the concept needs to utilise production technologies and processes typical of solid wood, and has to respond to the principle of functionality.
The competition has a professional and student category, and three winners will be selected from each category. On the table? A total prize money of Euro 10.000,00, to be divided between the six winners. The designers will not only have their work featured in the next Milan Furniture Fair, but will also enjoy the possibility of having them put into production.
A total of 379 projects were entered in the 2013 competition, and while the majority of entries were from Italy, submissions also came in from around the globe, from countries such as Iran, Israel, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, India and Japan.
Last year’s jury included respected figures from the design world, such as Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, Principal of the School of Design – Milan Polytechnic; the Matteo Thun Studio; and Benjamin Kempton, Interior Director of Wallpaper magazine.
The deadline for Porada International Design Award 2014 is 30 November. For more information, visit porada.it.