tuscany: art, culture and nature.
tuscan furniture: quality, innovation, design and more. in fact, since the
beginning of the year 2002, the new casa toscana / green home quality label
is going to award the companies involved in environmental sustainability
projects and is going to be a clear indication of a state-of-the-art
with these considerations as its starting point, and with the aim of
valorizing tuscan furniture production and renewing its tradition,
consorzio casa toscana, in collaboration with the centro studi giovanni
klaus koenig, a division of the department of architecture and design
technologies 'pierluigi spadolini' of the faculty or architecture of the
university of florence, hereby announces the second edition of an
international contest centering on design of furnishing elements with
accentuated characteristics of environmental sustainability. thus, priority
value will be assigned to ecological awareness extended to all phases of
product life: from industrial purchasing [use of renewable and recycled
materials: in general, 'clean' materials], to production [reduction of
waste and scrap, adoption of the cleanest possible techniques and
processes, etc.], to use [attention to consumer health, increased product
life, etc.], to end-of-life and disposal [dismantling, recycling,
single-material construction, composting, etc.].
art.2 designer/contestant-company relations
with the aim of promoting a closer relationship between the world of design
and engineering and the world of production, several selected companies
[which will remain anonymous until the prizes are awarded] have prepared a
series of project briefs, all of which are sufficiently detailed [on the
typological, technical, and formal levels] - see brief page. the winning
designer/contestants will receive cash prizes [art. 8], while the companies
will be guaranteed, for one year, the option to purchase the projects. the
participating designers will, of course, be free to draw up projects
different from those outlined in the company project briefs
art.3 composition of the jury
the members of the contest jury are:
roberto cariani, istituto ambiente italia . lino centi, university of
florence. flavia ciatti, entrepreneur . biagio cisotti, designer .
francesco del tongo, entrepreneur . benito giovannetti, entrepreneur .
stefano giovannoni, designer . gianfranco gualterotti, designer . james
irvine, designer . lorenzo rubechini, entrepreneur . massimo ruffilli,
university of florence. roberto segoni, university of florence. lorenzo
toncelli, entrepreneur . co-ordination: giuseppe lotti, university of
art.4 requirements for participating in the contest e
the contest is declared open in accordance with relevant international
rules and is open to all italian and foreign designers, architects, and
students, whether free-lance or employees of companies [if authorized by
their employer to participate]. teams of designers may also participate in
the contest, but in this case there must be designated a team leader, who
will be the sole referent to the promoting body. members of the jury, their
families, and persons affiliated with organizations managed by the jury
and/or by the organizers of the contest may not participate in the contest.
each contestant may present at most two projects relative to the same
number of briefs. participation in the contest implies full and
unconditional acceptance of the rules and regulations set forth herein. .
the projects submitted to the contest must be novel and developed
especially for the contest. projects not meeting this requirement will be
excluded by final and irrevocable decision of the jury.
art.6 form of presentation
the projects may be submitted on paper support [a3 format, from 3 to 5
plates set up on rigid forex panel] - all representative techniques are
admissible. whatever the format, the drawings must contain sufficient
information to thoroughly illustrate the project. in order to better
explain the environmentally-pertinent aspects of the project, the
contestants are required to submit a technical-descriptive report no longer
than three typewritten pages in a4 format. the motto chosen by the
contestant [see art. 7 herein] must appear clearly on all the plates
comprising the project and the report.
art.7 identification and anonymity
the project documents must all be identified by a title or a motto,
corresponding to a title or a motto submitted in a separate sealed envelope
together with the personal data of the designer/contestant or
team/contestant. the project documents must be in no way identifiable
except by their title or motto.
art.8 prize money
ithe prize money amounts overall to ? 10.500, subdivided as follows:
- 1st prize ? 5.500
- 2nd prize ? 3.000
- 3rd prize ? 2.000.
art.9 use rights
as mentioned in art. 2, the 'contracting' company is guaranteed, for one
year, the option on purchase of the project based on its brief. at the end
of that term, said right shall be considered forfeit. if the winning
projects, or other submitted to the contest, are put into actual
production, the relative business relationship with the author of the
project will be regulated by the interested parties in accordance with
going market terms and in any case with no responsibility on the part of
the promoting body or the organizers of the contest.
art.10 submission dates
the project presentations must be received by 12 a.m. on 4 april 2002 at
contest headquarters: pmi, via iv novembre 119, 51100 quarrata [pt], italy.
art.11 publication of results
the promoting body will inform winners by telephone of the jury's decision,
by 8 april 2002. the prize-winning projects and other selected projects
will be presented at a ceremony on occasion of the salone del mobile of
milan, as part of an itinerant exhibit in tuscany, in sector exhibitions in
italy and abroad, and at a specially-prepared internet site. with their
acceptance of this document, the contestants authorize exhibition of their
projects at said events and also authorize publication of the projects,
waiving any recompense to the exception of mention of the author.
art.12 restitution of project materials
all the project presentations not awarded prizes or selected for exhibition
may be picked up by their authors at contest headquarters within three
months of the official announcement of the jury's decision. beyond said
term, the promoting body shall have no obligation in respect of safekeeping
of the materials.
each project presented will remain the property of its author, who is free
to protect his rights in it in the manners provided by law. for this
reason, the organizers of the contest hereby decline any and all
responsibility for any controversies that might arise later regarding the
originality and/or ownership of the works and for any claims by third
parties regarding rights in the works.