The International Copper and the Home 2016 Design Competition Launched

Young designers and students will compete in conception and design of objects and furniture made of copper and its alloys, testing new aesthetic and functional applications.

The Italian Copper Institute launched the 6th edition of the international competition “Copper and the Home, an International Competition for the Design and Creation of Objects made with Copper and Its Alloys. The award, increasingly recognised internationally, has achieved a huge success in previous editions, so as to have doubled the number of accessions from 2007 to present.

The award was created to demonstrate the endless expressive potential of copper in innovative and unconventional ways, aimed at two distinct categories: designers and professional architects, students regularly enrolled in school for graphics, decoration, design, faculties of  architecture or design, at doctoral,  degree and masters level. The competition is deliberately restricted to young people, which is why an age limit of under 40 years has been imposed.

The deadline for submission of entries is 30 September 2016.

The previous editions showed many examples of the creative enthusiasm of young people and a remarkable spirit in design innovation, transforming apparently traditional and everyday objects thanks to new design concepts.

So, once again, the competition is ready to gather hundreds of new, curious, unusual or revolutionary ideas, from complements of lighting, to vases, objects for the table, tables, seats and interior decorations, interior walls, floors, radiators, handles and so on: absolute protagonist is copper, both pure and in its alloys like bronze and brass, or together with various other materials.

Projects will be appraised by a careful and qualified jury composed by three professionals in architecture and design field: the designer Philippe Bestenheider, the architect and designer Diego Grandi and the architect and design critic Marco Romanelli.

The following prizes may be awarded:
Designers and Architects:

  • 1st prize: €4,000
  • 2nd Prize: €2,500

Student Category:

  • Prize: €1,500

The 2016 edition is a confirmation of the cultural role of a competition that aims to celebrate and display in the design sector the constructional and ornamental properties of the red metal. The excellent electrical conductivity, the thermal conductivity, the malleability, resilience, the ductility and its total and unlimited recyclability making it a material used more and more, due to continuous contribution in the field of environmental sustainability and energy saving.

Note to editors:

Click here to download the Rules for submission (Authorization Form, Teacher Declaration)