Dear Friends of Boisbuchet,
dear Designers and Alumni,
After the great success of our competition with BOSCH in 2011 we are happy to announce a new competition, which concerns a much wider field - the future of cork applications. As a partner of the project we have the world market leader in cork production, Corticeira Amorim from Porto.
The motivation of the competition is to enhance the use of this material. Cork is probably one of the few sustainable materials still open to explore in terms of its high performance and characteristics.
A surprising raw material that is:
100% recyclable and
With truly exceptional characteristics such as:
Triple insulation: vibratory, thermal and acoustic
Resistance to high temperature
Permeability to liquids
We invite you to participate in this competition and ask you to conceive and develop new applications for cork products or the improvement of existing products with cork.
If you are entering more than one work, please submit each work separately.
You will be requested to supply a Pdf with 4 x A4 pages including the following contents:
1. A text with a maximum of 100 words in English, that is easy to read and which can also be used within an exhibition later on.
2. An explanation of your idea with a technical drawing on one A4 format.
3. An informal or artistic visualization of the proposal, preferably showing it in use.
4. Your personal details: Name, surname, email and postal address, date of birth, local and mobile phone number, a brief CV and a personal photo.
The jury comprises:
Carlos de Jesus, Marketing and Communication Corticeira Amorim, Porto
Raquel Castro, Industrial designer Corticeira Amorim, Porto
Pedrita: Pedro Ferreira, Rita João, Designers, Lisbon
Cathleen O'Rourke, Director Europe of Parsons The New School for Design, Paris
Gabriele Pezzini, Hermès Design Consultant, Paris
Luisa González-Portillo, Coordination IED Master and Academic Director Domaine de Boisbuchet
Alexander von Vegesack, Domaine de Boisbuchet, Vitra Design Museum
The jury will select the 20 best project proposals up to July 15th 2012 based on clear relevance and application in the improvement of existing product lines, and/or the generation of new applications or product lines. Amorim invites the winners to participate in a specialized workshop (free of charge) at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. The goal of the workshop is to develop prototypes of the 20 selected ideas. The designer duo, Pedrita and an Amorim marketing expert as well as a technician will support each participant in the development process. Material and tools relating to the projects of the 20 participants will be provided by Amorim. At the end of the workshop the jury will select the best project and the winner will receive an
Award of 10´000 - €
Attention: The 20 selected participants must confirm their participation in the workshop (September 2nd to 8th, 2012) at the Domaine de Boisbuchet by July 25th, 2012 at the latest. The workshop includes accommodation, full board and a travel reimbursement as a lump sum of 500€ per person.
Amorim as the major producer of the raw material and various applications, is sole sponsor of this project and therefore has the right of first refusal regarding the selection and production of proposals. This means that Amorim would offer to sign a royalty agreement with the owner of the creative rights (the designer of the product). Furthermore, Amorim might recommend the winning designer to their clients or independent producers of cork products as an alternative partner.
The creative rights remain with the authors.
Please note that frequently asked questions and news regarding the competition will be published here on our website under the heading: Competitions - Click here.
We wish you successful participation and hope to hear from you soon.
Alexander von Vegesack
Domaine de Boisbuchet
Vitra Design Museum
Chairman of the Board