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30 June 2022
Total prizes
15.500 €
Announcement and registration procedures

TABU Spa of Cantù, an international reference company in natural wood dyeing and multilaminar wood technology, organises and promotes the 4th edition of the Design Contest IDEASxWOOD 2021/2022, an annual and international contest among the most important in the wood sector. This is a project planned to support the knowledge of wood and its enhancement as a noble, living and renewable raw material, because it can be cultivated and planned in its availability on a planetary scale for the next generations. The competition is open to university students and designers under 40 and is dedicated to the design of geometric, organic or combined designs in one of the following ways:

  1. multilaminar wood veneers (650 x 3100 mm) for the furniture industry and for interior wall coverings;
  2. industrial inlays both on dyed natural veneers and on multilaminar wood veneers – or freely assemblable – for the production of panels (1260 x 3060 mm, ex. Burls and Graffiti Collection by Tabu), for the furniture industry and the wall coverings for interiors;
  3. three-dimensional surfaces made with the technique of the embossed relief or the bas-relief for the production of panels (1250 x 2500/3000 mm, ex. Groovy Collection by Tabu) for the furniture industry and the wall coverings for interiors;
  4. surfaces for state-of-the-art boiserie carried out in sheets (620 x 3000 mm, ex. SKEENS Collection by Tabu Boiserie).
  5. wooden floors, carried out in slats or with other free geometric shapes.

Each idea must be uploaded within a PROJECT AREA (ticked on presenting in the reserved area of the website

  • AREA 1: RESIDENTIAL – Designing of surfaces of furniture/environments (living zone, sleeping area, kitchen).
  • AREA 2: YACHT– Designing of surfaces of furniture/ environments for yachts and cruise ships.
  • AREA 3: HO.RE.CA. – Designing of surfaces of HOSPITALITY furniture/ environments (hotellerierestaurant-café).
  • AREA 4: WELLNESS – Designing of surfaces of furniture/ environments for spas and resorts.
  • AREA 5: RETAIL – Designing of surfaces for furniture and interiors of shops, boutiques, retails.
  • AREA 6: MOBILITY – Designing of surfaces for interiors of automotive, aviation and high speed sectors.

The Jury is chaired by Architect Franco Raggi and composed of architects, journalists and members of the Associations of the wood-furniture sector.

The solutions presented must be new and aimed at enhancing the company’s workmanship: the aesthetic quality of the presentation and the considerations regarding the technical feasibility of the project will be well evaluated, as well as the indication in the project of at least one wood species certified according to the FSC® list (available in the Documents area of the website) and the attention to the reuse of wood and optimisation of its use in production processes.

Participation in the competition is open to:

  • Professional Category: all Italian and foreign designers (a specific qualification or diploma/degree is not required) under the age of 39 at the time of application. All those who, on the date of the registration to the competition, are not enrolled in Schools, Institutes or Academies and work in the field of design, interior design or industrial design must be considered in the Professionals category.
  • Students category: all Italian and foreign students of the Universities of Architecture and Engineering, Design Schools and Institutes and Fine Arts Academies.

For both categories, participation as an individual or in a group is permitted.

Deadline for submission of projects: June 30, 2022

The total prize money will be distributed as follows:

  • PROFESSIONALS Category: 1° prize € 5,000.00
  • STUDENTS Category: 1° prize € 5,000.00
  • Winner of the PROJECT AREA: € 500,00
  • PROFESSIONALS Category Carpanelli Award: 1° prize € 3,000.00
  • STUDENTS Category Carpanelli Award: 1° prize € 2,000.00

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