Francesca Losi, Contest IDEASxWOOD Manager:

TABU SPA, Via Rencati 110, 22063, Cantù CO, Italia


The Final and III Edition is coming soon!

The Final of the II edition of the IDEASxWOOD Contest took place in the “house” of design par excellence, on the Triennale Terrace in Milan, during a marvellous Milanese evening, with the full moon and temperatures of the end of the summer.

120 guests including press, university lecturers, members of the Jury, companies, institutional guests and of course… the 43 finalists from all Italy, among whom various foreigners studying at the Milanese universities. The President of the Lombardy Region Attilio Fontana, guest of honour, personally handed over the Award to the top 4 for each category: IDEASxWOOD Contest Students/Professionals and 100-Year Carpanelli Award Students/Professionals.

In this second edition, 462 designs were received and 38 were awarded by a Jury composed of some of the most important people in the world of design, architecture and brand journalism.

IDEASxWOOD is the most important Contest in the world in the wood sector promoted by TABU and sponsored by ADI, FederlegnoArredo and FSC® Italy: an annual and international competition of ideas dedicated both to university students and Designers Under 40. Main partner is Carpanelli, a centenarian company of Desio, “Author Workshop” and interpreter of the contemporary “classic” furnishing celebrating in the Contest its history.  The theme of Carpanelli Award has been Italian Journey, the “journey into the Italian architecture” from which the furnishing projects of the participants had to draw inspiration.

Partners of the Contest are: Driade, FontanaArte and Valcucine.

TABU is the Italian excellence in the wood dyeing, with its headquarters in Cantù (CO), and it manufactures not only natural dyed and multilaminar wood veneers for the Furniture and the Interior Design sector, but also latest-generation decorative wood surfaces focused on the technological research and the ability to interpret wood with inexhaustible creativity.

IDEASxWOOD is a project with a strong educational impulse aimed to support the knowledge of wood and its enhancement of noble, alive and renewable raw material because wood can be cultivated and planned in its availability at global level for the future generations. The participants were asked to develop competences on wood, on dying technology, on productive processes and on the latest-generation wood surfaces: multilaminar veneers, industrial inlays, three-dimensional surfaces and latest-generation boiserie.

The importance of the contest influences also the history and the life of the company: the “ReThinking The Future” Collection, launched in June 2020 and inspired by concepts such as the excellent use of the raw material,  circularity and sustainability, presents two decorations winning the first edition in 2019 (Tondo Tondo and City Vibes).

The President of TABU, Enrico Tagliabue, said : “This is sowing and you have still to reap the benefits. When you sow, you have to wet the soil, take care of it, find the perfect soil. You have to optimise a seed. If we keep it in hand, it withers. That’s why we have to search for the perfect soil in order to make our seed yield.”

“When you participate in events of this type – the President of the Region Attilio Fontana told all those present – it means that life is starting again to flow normally. It is so nice to be here tonight and I congratulate you all able to find the appropriate moment to start again towards normality”.

“This competition gave us many satisfactions, numerous designs reached us by making us think, dream, and with great effort we chose the winners and the special mentions – Andrea Tagliabue, Vice Chairman TABU said – besides, we are involved in a particular, difficult moment but we did win this fascinating challenge. Today it’s 30th September 2020, we are in the Milan Designer’s Week… We are starting again all together”.

“We celebrate our history, our 100 Years, in the IDEASxWOOD Contest, we are enthusiastic about this limitless project growth” Angelo Carpanelli declared. Carpanelli is main partner of the Contest sponsoring the 100-Year Carpanelli Award.

“Last year it was a marvellous first edition, this year it has been extraordinary, its international character is increasingly growing – Roberta Busnelli, Editor in Chief of IQD, media partner said – and the value of the Contest is to get the world of creativity in touch with the world of production”.

The Jury of IDEASxWOOD Contest was chaired by Architect Franco Raggi and composed by: Afro Mauro Borella, Architect – Ambrogio Rossari ADI (the Italian Industrial Design Association) – Andrea Tagliabue, CEO TABU – Alessandro Villa, Architect – Camillo Botticini, Architect – Diego Florian, Director of FSC® Italia – Elena Brusa Pasqué, Architect – Federico Galluzzi, Editor in Chief – Francesca Losi, Journalist and Communication Manager TABU –  Francesco Scullica, Polytechnic of Milan – – Marina Jonna, Architect – Roberta Busnelli, Journalist and Editor in Chief – Stefano Ronchetti, Entrepreneur.

Carpanelli Award Jury was chaired by Architect Franco Raggi and composed by: Angelo, Daniele and Giuseppe Carpanelli – Francesco Scullica, Poli.Design – Roberto Semprini, Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera (Milan). – Marcello Francone, Skira – Marco Penati, Lecturer at NABA.

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