Developed by Particle with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Kuala Lumpur, Social Furniture is a design competition that calls for new ideas to rethink how waste plastic can be reshaped into social furniture using circular design thinking. The competition was free to enter for students and recent alumni from any country in the world and has a total prize money of €6,500. Three finalist teams will pitch their concepts at 11am CET on February 23rd. The 10 best proposals have been published in a showcase and are promoted as part of the Sostenibilita’ project. Three projects have started the design refinement process with the support of the designer duo L+W and the tech partner Sculptur as mentors. Within the larger ecosystem of Sostenibilità, Social Furniture aims at raising the voice of young designers on the sustainability issue, offering opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges and international project exposure.
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HOW WILL WE LIVE TOGETHER?
A question that social furniture aims to answer.
What differentiates a piece of social furniture from furniture in general is the emphasis on the element of conviviality over that of functionality, thus encouraging people sharing a public space to interact with one another.
THE CHALLENGE IS TO DESIGN A SOCIAL FURNITURE PRODUCT FOR INDOOR OR OUTDOOR USE IN URBAN AND RETAIL SETTINGS.
Designing a place for digital nomads living hybridized contemporary lifestyles.
Designing a circular economy narrative and social furniture characterized by free-flowing curves and co-working type functionalities.
Designing modular and flexible products to leverage large scale 3D additive printing and giving new life to recycled plastic waste.
Promoting partnerships between public and private sectors to build a future that embraces the circular economy.
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A circular economy approach across industries stops the flow of waste plastic into landfills and our oceans.
Awards and Prizes
All the awared proposals will be shared on the finalist website of the Sostenibilita’ exhibition.