The winners of the sixth Copper and the Home design award have been announced in a prize ceremony at Italy’s Salvioni Milano Durini Showroom.
The award—presented by the Italian Copper Institute in collaboration with the European Copper Institute—celebrates the use of copper in contemporary design, rewarding professional designers and young talent from around the world.
Once again, the competition drew interest from architects, design professionals and students of architecture, design and graphics who were eager to explore the red metal’s potential, from its energy efficiency and eco-sustainability credentials to its complete recyclability without loss of properties.
The participants—entering either the professional or student category—submitted projects that explored the versatility and potential of copper and its alloys in the field of interior design. The red metal’s myriad valuable properties and aesthetic appeal are showcased in the 300+ entries, from everyday objects given a fresh twist to contemporary medical items for the home.
The projects—from across Europe, Japan and Russia—were considered by a jury of well-regarded design professionals: Philippe Bestenheider, architect; Diego Grandi, architect and visual designer; and Marco Romanelli, architect and design critic. The key aspect they sought was innovation and experimentation, seeking new applications for a material that is both classic and contemporary.
As in previous years, a special plaque was presented to the educational institution that, above all others, best interpreted the award’s mission and sentiment.
A first for this competition was the introduction of a Hors Concours section with showcasing Italian design expertise in the field of copper. Seven of the country’s most exciting studios and designers were selected to enter projects that displayed a particularly strong cultural value and inspired applications of copper and its alloys.
In the Professional Category, First Prize was awarded to Fabrizio Bendazzoli for his ‘CuToys’. Second Prize went to Sofie Christina di Bartolomeo and Maria Chiara Polverini for ‘Ramen’. Honourable mentions were given to Prisca Renoux for ‘Heatit’, and Mauro Bergamaschi and Matteo Briccola for ‘Spaghetto’.
Designer: Fabrizio Bendazzoli (Italy)Project: CuToysComments: The jury unanimously selected ‘CuToys’ as the winner, impressed by the choice of a poorly-visited typology in the world of design: a toy for early childhood. The project—highlighting the antimicrobial properties of copper—transforms a toy into an object to be stored and collected once its specific use ends, thanks to the application of laser-cut plates in the classic shapes of woodencars, boats or airplanes.
Designer: Sofie Christina di Bartolomeo and Maria Chiara Polverini (Italy)
Comments: The transformation of chopsticks—through the insertion of copper tips, into a precious object, almost a jewel—not only ennobles a tool used daily in millions of homes, but invites you to keep them, instead of using them disposably, with serious environmental consequences.
Designer: Prisca Renoux (France)
Comments: This heating element can plug into a mains electric supply, but is also easy to move, and combines Scandinavian aesthetics with highly decorative content.
Designer: Mauro Bergamaschi and Matteo Briccola (Italy)
Comments: This heat-resistant mat creatively combines the simplicity of anonymous objects and the elegance of musical instruments.
In the Student Category, First Prize went to Cyprien de Hautecloque and Laura Thulièvre of the ENSAAMA Institute for their project, ‘Sentoba’. Honourable mentions were awarded to Eve Garandeau of Nantes Atlantique School of Design for ‘Memori’, and Lina Venström of IED Rome with ‘Miseria e Nobiltà’.
The special plaque was presented to the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d'Art (ENSAAMA) in Paris, rewarding its exciting and coherent approach to the award, and the way its students captured the values that characterise it.
Students: Cyprien de Hautecloque and Laura Thulièvre (France)
Comments: The jury unanimously selected this program of educational games committed to developing the cognitive abilities of pre-school children, and harnessing the antimicrobial properties of copper. In particular, the projects concepts on developing the sense of touch are intriguing, using copper tiles with different textures that children perceive by walking barefoot on them.
Student: Eve Garandeau (France)
Comments: This unusual ‘little altar’ of memory, with a sculptural copper structure, is intended to be an object on which to fix thoughts and memories of a deceased person.
Student: Lina Venström Rex (Sweden/Italy)
Project: Miseria e Nobiltà
Comments: The judges appreciated the irony of using the silhouettes of common domestic items that are traditionally disposable to create lasting and iconic objects.
The European Copper Institute (ECI)—founded in 1996 and based in Brussels— coordinates a team of 38 professionals based in 10 offices across Europe, and works closely with its copper industry members on regulatory matters and market development programs. ECI is part of the Copper AllianceTM, which brings together the global copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper, and to make a positive contribution to society’s sustainable development goals.
Read more about ECI on www.copperalliance.eu.
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