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Thursday, 21 November 2013
FSC Italy Design award winners announced at gala ceremony

The first winner in the professional category, Laura Modoni – Diego Florian awarded her prize to Laura Modini (FSC Italy), together with the two companies that manufactured the prototype (Duegi Falegnameria and Light Cube). (© FSC Italia)© FSC Italia

The second edition of the FSC Italy Design Competition, ‘The forest in a room’ closed and the award winners received their prizes at a gala ceremony held at Caffè Pedrocchi in Padova on 4 October 2013. This year’s competition focused on domestic socializing, with participants invited to design chairs, dining tables, coffee tables, lighting systems or other furnishings that reflect aspects of sharing and spending time together in our homes.

The competition aims to encourage young designers to create innovative items using FSC certified wood and thereby to raise awareness among corporate designers, industrial producers and consumers of the importance of responsible forest management. Diego Florian, FSC National Representative in Italy, says: “with this contest, we want to raise awareness among the new generation of designers that FSC certified wood is a great renewable and environmentally friendly raw material to use in their projects”.

The evening began with a roundtable session entitled ‘Responsible design: from necessity to innovation’. This stimulated a lively discussion among the participating designers, retailers, journalists, academics and furniture company managers. One of their main conclusions was that designers play a crucial role in promoting responsible design, since it is their job to translate the wishes of consumers into the language of marketing and production. The group also felt that companies are increasingly investing in ‘ethical’ values, like FSC certified products that embody the values of responsibility, in their marketing strategies.

Marta Bracciale, Communications Manager for FSC in Italy, then announced the award winners and presented them with their prizes. These were, appropriately, poplar wood products made by Panguaneta and printed by Almaca – both Italian FSC certified companies.

Winners in the professional category:
• First: ‘Filò’, created by Laura Modoni (prototype by Duegi Falegnameria and Light Cube)
• Second: ‘Labirinto’, created by Marco and Andrea Dal Prete (prototype by Passoni Nature)
• Equal third: ‘Shangai Surprise’ by Francesco Benedetti (prototype by Mobilificio Deflorian) and ‘Biforesta’ by Claudia Mascia (prototype by Mobilificio Fattorini).

Winner in the student category:
• ‘Wave’ by Rossella Zarabara, Serena Gonzato and Marsida Gavoci (protoype by OMG Group).

The Association for Industrial Design in Italy, through its working group ‘Atelier dell’Innovazione’ awarded two prizes for the most innovative designs. The winners were ‘Filò’ and ‘Wave’. The design magazine Ottagono also awarded two prizes. Among students it went to ‘Epping’ by Marco Strizzolo and Alice D’Andrea; in the professionals category, the prize went to ‘Kali’ by Josè M. Morales Torner, Cirene D. Jimenez Jimenez and Ana M. Mendoza Maldonado from Mexico.

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Prize winners of the Ottagono prize in the category professionals – The image shows the winners of the Ottagono prize in the category professionals. From left to right: Erica Marson (Ottagono), Josè M. Morales Torner, Cirene D. Jimenez Jimenez, Ana M. Mendoza Maldonado (prize winners) and Diego Florian (FSC Italy). (© FSC Italy)© FSC ItalyFilo – The winner in the category professionals: 'Filo' created by Laura Modoni. (© FSC Italy)© FSC ItalyWave – The winner in the category students: 'Wave' created by     Rossella Zarabara, Serena Gonzato and Marsida Gavoci. (© FSC Italy)© FSC ItalyLabirinto – The second place in the category professionals:     ‘Labirinto’, created by Marco and Andrea Dal Prete. (© FSC Italy)© FSC ItalyShanghai surprise – One of the equal third place in the category professionals: ‘ShangaiSurprise’ by Francesco Benedetti. (© FSC Italy)© FSC ItalyBiforesta – The other equal third place for: ‘Biforesta’ by Claudia Mascia. (© FSC Italy)© FSC Italy

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