Art. 1 – Purpose of the Competition

TABU Spa, located in Cantù, international reference in the dyeing technology of natural and multilaminar wood, organizes and promotes the 1° edition of the Design Contest IdeasXwood 2018/2019 aimed at the design of:
• Geometric, organic or combined decorations according to one of the following methods:
1. aimed at the creation of multilaminar veneers, 650 x 3060 mm;
2. aimed at the creation of industrial inlays (i.e. Graffiti Collection by Tabu) both on dyed natural veneers and on multilaminar veneers – or freely assemblable – for the production of 1260 x 3060 mm panels;
3. aimed at the development of three-dimensional surfaces (i.e. Groovy Collection by Tabu) made with the technique of the embossed relief or the bas-relief for the production of 1260 x 3060 mm panels;
• Artefacts, furniture, objects or furnishing accessories to be created with the use of the surfaces of the 555.18 collection by Tabu or developed as per the previous point.
The submitted solutions shall be original and unpublished and aimed at enhancing the company’s work. The aesthetic quality of the presentation, considerations about the economic feasibility of the project and attention to the environmental impact with the use of FSC® certified wood / veneer will be positively evaluated.

Art. 2 – Terms of Participation in the Competition

The participation in the competition is open to:
• Professionals Category: all Italian and foreign designers (a specific qualification or diploma/degree id not required) between the ages of 25 and 39.
• Students Category: all Italian and foreign students of the Universities of Architecture and Engineering, Design Schools and Institutes and Fine Arts Academies.
For both categories it is allowed to participate as individual or in a group. In the case of group participation it will be necessary to appoint a group leader, who will be the sole responsible and contact person for the project, and each participant will be asked to fill in and sign a specific declaration. For all members of the group is valid the age limit. If a group includes both students and professionals, the group will fall into the Professionals Category. Each participant, as individual as well as group, is permitted to submit up to a maximum of 3 projects.
Upon free registration, participants accept unconditionally the terms of this competition contained herein. If the terms are not, in whole or in part, respected, the design and the participants may be disqualified. The members of the Jury, their relatives, the employees of Tabu Spa and their relatives may not take part. Participants should periodically visit the website and the Facebook page to check for any further notifications relevant to the procedure.

Art. 3 – Application of Participation

The application form must contain the personal data of the participant/s, tax id number, address, telephone number, email address, an explicit declaration of acceptance of this Announcement (Annex A) and, for the Students category, the indication of the institute and the year of attendance. The code and the name/s of the participant/s must be indicated exclusively on the application form; no personal data should appear in clear text on the projects, under penalty of disqualification from the competition. All the technical tables belonging to a project must be anonymous, the document with the general description should show only the Category and the title of the project. (Annex B) The Annex A and the technical tables and Annex B have to be carried through on online procedure via the website

Art. 4 – Official Languages

The languages admitted for the application of participation and the project descriptions are Italian and English.

Art. 5 – Required Documents

All documents must be delivered in digital format and, complete with all the notes and technical details on what is necessary for the eventual production of the project, must be uploaded on the dedicated section of the competition’s website no later than the deadline indicated in Article 7. Each project must include a maximum of 3 tables – one with the complete pattern and the other two, optional, with the details – and the document with the general description.

Art. 6 – Open Day

To let experience its working activities, Tabu will organize one or more Open Days or Webinars – on dates to be defined, which will be communicated by email to the already registered participants and announced on the website – open to all the participants who want to have a training session on the company, its production and strategies. On these occasions it will be possible to ask for more information aimed at the development of the projects.

Art. 7 – Delivery deadline

Projects must be uploaded in the appropriate section of the website no later than April 15th, 2019 h 12 am.

Art. 8 – Jury

The Jury is presided over by Architect Franco Raggi and composed by the following members:
Alfonso Femia, Architect owner of firm Atelier(s) AF517
Ambrogio Rossari, ADI Associazione Disegno Industriale
Andrea Tagliabue, CEO TABU Spa
Diego Florian, Director FSC®
Federico Galluzzi, Editor in Chief
Francesca Losi, Journalist and communication manager TABU Spa
Francesco Scullica, Politecnico di
Nicola Molteni, Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior
Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, Designer and Cabinetmaker
Renzo Fauciglietti, Engineer and Designer
Roberta Busnelli, Journalist and Editor in Chief
Roberto Tamborini, Architect
Sebastiano Cerullo, General Director of FederlegnoArredo
Stefano Pujatti, Architect owner of firm Elasticospa+3
Stefano Ronchetti, Entrepreneur
The Jury will evaluate only the entries complying with the terms of this competition Announcement as indicated in Article 1. The judgements of the Jury will be unquestionable and unappealable.

Art. 9 – Information and Publication of the Results

The finalists of the competition will be officially published on the website (and on Facebook) immediately after the Jury’s deliberation. Tabu Spa has the right to present the initiative to the press and to communicate the results of the competition during a dedicated event, for which information will be provided in due course on the website All participants authorize the company upon acceptance of this Announcement to show their designs during public exhibitions and events – there will be an exhibition dedicated to the first edition of the competition during the 2019 Cantù Wood Festival – and to publish them on a catalog and on paper and online media; for this nothing will be due apart from the obligation to quote the author. The company will not be in any case responsible for the theft or loss of the works.

Art. 10 – Prizes

The winner of each of the two categories will be awarded the opportunity of a journey of the indicative duration of one week, with travel and accommodation costs entirely borne by the company, including a workshop in a prestigious design firm in the US or in Asia, which will be announced during the prize-giving ceremony.
In the case of groups, the appointed group leader will attend the workshop. The winner of the Professionals Category will have the right to convert the prize into a cash prize of 5,000 Euros net. This possibility is also recognized in the Students category if the winner is a Group and the members prefer to unanimously divide the cash prize, by written declaration that will be requested by the organization before the announcement of the winner.
There will be minor awards for the 2nd and 3rd places as well as the awarding of honourable mentions, such as, but not limited to, the FSC® mention for the works that have reserved a special attention to the values expressed by the FSC® certification. In any case Tabu reserves the right to produce prototypes of the projects of the competition and to eventually put them into production. In this case the designers will be paid a royalty fee regulated by an agreement independent from this Competition Announcement.

Art. 11 – Rights and ownership of the designs

The authors will maintain the ownership of the presented works. The authors will grant the company the option to use the winning and mentioned projects for the duration of one year from the date of the Jury’s deliberation. Within this period the company will evaluate whether to put them into production and, in this case, the relationship with the designer will be regulated by a separated and specific contract between him and Tabu Spa. The company also undertakes not to modify in any way the presented works without the approval and authorization of the designer.

Art. 12 – Acceptance of the Competition Announcement

Participation in the Competition presupposes the total acceptance of this Announcement. In accordance with articles 13 and 15 of the GDPR 2016/679, the acquired personal data will be used solely for the purposes of this announcement and of the related reports. The parties are granted the right to access their data, to request correction, integration and any other right therein. Responsible for the data processing is Tabu Spa – Cantù.

Art. 13 – Jurisdictional Protection

The Milan Court is competent to deal for any controversy concerning this announcement and the acts related and connected to the procedure of the Competition.
For further information, technical assistance or clarifications contact: Tel +39 031 714493 asking for the Competition Secretariat.

Cantù, october 2018