GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood


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1st Prize
Uni Table by Charlie Davidson

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The Challenge is to design an original and compelling object that can be made from a single sheet of FSC-certified plywood measuring 4-feet x 8-feet x 1-inch.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Product
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 02 June 2009 GoogleCal iCal
02 June 2009 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Entries should be functional designs that reveal the beauty of the wood.
Eligible entries are limited to one sheet of plywood.
Entries must be flat-pack designs, either using no hardware, or with the use of up to 20 pieces of EcoSystems: Alpha hardware. For PDF instructions and 3D files of the Alpha hardware, please visit Design Green Now.
EcoSystems will provide CNC (computer numerically controlled) routing manufacturing of the winning entry. The wood used is 1” Appleply, a 17 ply panel that has a rotary-cut White Maple face. In addition to being FSC wood, the panels are NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) and come with a no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) clear finish.

Sara Elliot (Project director of TNC’s Design for a Living World exhibition)
Ezri Tarazi (Industrial designer, writer and educator)
Ellen Lupton (Curator of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum)
Andrew Personette (Executive Director of EcoSystems)
George Beylerian (Founder of Material ConneXion)

2 prototypes of the winning design will be created, one will go to the winner and the other will be auctioned in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy’s Design for a Living World exhibition.

Entry Fee

Photos (jpeg, up to 6) and Videos and sound (mpeg4) and a Project description (a maximum of 400 words)

Results Announcement: June 16, 2009

The Nature Conservancy and Forest Stewardship Council

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