Contest IDEASxWOOD, IV Edizione, The Meeting is at the Istituto Marangoni

We presented our IDEASxWOOD Contest at the Marangoni Institute in Milan. We are glad of this collaboration and we thank the director Sergio Nava, the professors and students (present and online) for their welcome. The fourth edition has started! The competition notice is online at, the delivery deadline is May 31, 2022 … we are waiting for you!

8 May 2019: the winners were announced at the Triennale in Milan

In the temple of design and architecture, which welcomes you with its solemn architecture, full of mystery and history, TABU's Ideasxwood Contest celebrates its first winners, applauded by the jury, by journalists, by guests for the event.

IDEASXWOOD is the most important contest in the world in the wood sector, and is sponsored by ADI, FederlegnoArredo and FSC® Italia: it is annual and international. Main partner of the first edition is Carpanelli.
We thank all the candidates and those present, and we meet at the next edition whose announcement will be published in June 2019!

The press release is available in pdf and can be downloaded.
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TABU Communication Manager, Francesca Losi,, +39 031 714493


The winners of the Professionals category

1° Prize Professionals: CITY VIBES, Federica Citterio and Williams Pompei (LC, PU)
For the figuratively innovative proposal that enhances the technical and aesthetic potential of the multilaminar technology of TABU, obtaining a texture that features remarkable graphic elegance and expressive force based on only two contrasting shades of wood species.

2° Prize Professionals: LEAF 3D, Riccardo Tomasoni (BG)
For the refined narration of the TABU ecological identity obtained by creating on a panel a graphic / naturalistic theme based on the delicate texture of the vegetable veins of a leaf, turned into three-dimensional patterns thanks to the Groovy technology.

3° Prize Professionals: TEXTOUR CITIES - INTRECCI DI CITTA’, Maria Gelvi and Rosalba di Maio (NA)
For the virtuous exaltation of the inlay technology obtained through textures derived from refined procedures of graphic and chromatic abstraction starting from the planimetries of famous cities.

Special mentions

WOODEN MOVIES, Stefano Angelo Elli (CO)

For the conceptual originality of the creative inspiration that generates a chromatic palette expressed in thin vertical stripes starting from colours taken from photographic sequences of famous movies, obtaining at the end geometries and fascinating chromatic spectra in inlaid wood

FLARE, Luca Tornaghi (CO)

For the elegant and classical approach to continuous modular texturization obtained with the technique of inlay in different shades of natural wood species

The winners of the Students category

1° PRIZE Students: TONDO TONDO, Nicola da Dalto (Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Corso di Design del Prodotto Industriale)
For the simple and refined modular composition of squares and circles, highlighted by contrasting shades of the same veneer to obtain a three-dimensional surface effect

2° PRIZE Students: INCASTRI, Stefano Bertolini (Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Corso di Decorazione)
For the smart axonometric interweaving of geometric figures with three-dimensional chiaroscuro effects that enhance the figurative possibilities of the technique of inlay reinterpreted in a modern way

3° PRIZE Students: ORO NERO - Francesco Roversi, Greta Cappellini, Alessia Marchesi, (Politecnico di Milano, Scuola del design)

For the harmonious combination of different polygonal figures where the apparent randomness of the shapes is reduced to a complex compatibility in which the bright colours of wood are enhanced

Special mentions

WAI - Beatrice Milanesi, Martina Grassi, Alice Carrera, Marco Petazzoni (Politecnico di Milano, Corso di Design del Prodotto)

For the allusive and elegant composition of concentric circles that recalls the natural growth rings of sawn trunks transformed into decorative maxi motif milled on a uniform wood species

HIVE WAVE - Andrea Mastroianni, Nicholas Berto, Niccolò Puglisi (Politecnico di Milano, Design del Prodotto Industriale)
For the refined three-dimensional decorative effect obtained by composing inlays of wood of different colours and sizes composed on a hexagonal honeycomb base, thus creating a surprising chiaroscuro that gives the surface an undulating effect.

The Special Prizes of the Contest

SPECIAL PRIZE IQD: BRAILLE - Matteo Corradini, Andrea Molteni, Antonio Sacchet (Politecnico di Milano, Design del Prodotto Industriale)
For the interesting aim to bring the observers closer to the wooden surfaces on which the characteristic signs of the Braille language have been put in relief, combining in this way visual and tactile experience. The message behind this awarded project with a strong architectural character is the idea of transforming an important universal language into an elegant and light decoration.

SPECIAL PRIZE FSC®: GINKGO LEAF by Katia Ponti (Professional, CO)
For the attention dedicated to the use of FSC ® certified wood species and for the delicacy of the decoration, the tones on tones, and for the choice of this particular plant, the Ginkgo: besides being considered the oldest tree on Earth, is also one of the most long-lived, since it can reach 1000 years. In Japan it is considered a sacred tree, often present in the vicinity of temples.

SPECIAL PRIZE CARPANELLI: TAVOLINO GIOIELLO, Natalia Altamura Sorokolit and Maria Vittoria Sgrò (Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Corso di Progettazione Artistica per l’Impresa)
With this prestigious International Competition of ideas, Carpanelli is proud to contribute to the development of this path of cultural enhancement of real wood: creativity understood as a perfect synthesis between the innovation of a modern furnishing object and the enhancement of traditional values expressed by naturalness of wood.
In evaluating the projects presented and the high design value expressed in this competition, the “Gioiello” table is the one that best expresses harmony with our way of synthesizing the current idea of cabinet-making in a furnishing object.