Porada International Design Award 2023

PORADA ARREDI srl, in cooperation with POLI.design, founded by Politecnico di Milano, announces an international ideas competition to identify new innovative concepts on different types of MIRRORS (table mirror, wall mirror, structure or furnishing accessory, free-standing or incorporated in a piece of furniture, whose dominant element is a reflective surface), in which the use of solid wood is prevalent (but not necessarily exclusive) and which conveys the values and the identity of the Porada brand.
Wood,in natural wood, preferably from among those in the company’s predominant use, or lacquered, may be combined with metal, glass and other materials.

The submitted designs shall be original and unpublished; they must enhance the use of production technologies, woodworking processes and typical finishing of the solid wood and they must respond to the principle of functionality.
They must comply with the existing safety standards in force, also respecting ergonomic, environmental and sustainable design requirements.


The competition is open to:

  • Professionals category (P), Italian and/or foreign designers working independently or employed by companies (if duly authorized by their company).
  • Students category (S), Italian and/or foreign students enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees and recent graduates.and students of secondary schools.

For both categories, group entries are also permitted. In this case, the members of the group must appoint a leader who will be the sole person in charge and referent towards POLI.design.
By entring the competition, participants unconditionally accept the terms of this competition contained herein. If these terms are not, in whole or in part, respected by the participant, their design may be disqualified.
Members of the Jury, their relatives, employees of Porada and POLI.design, may not take part.
Projects must be original and unpublished and exclusively developed for the competition.
Each participant (or group) is permitted to submit one project only.
Participation in the competition is anonymous. Each participant must create a numeric code (a six-digit number, with no digit repeated more than twice, and not in sequence) to be used to identify the files mentioned in art. 4.
For the Professionals category: add the letter ‘P’ as a prefix, which indicates the Professionals category.
For the Students category: add the ‘letter S’ as a prefix, which indicates the Student category.


The application for participation in the competition and the submission of the required documents needs to be carried through online procedure via the site:

The application form must contain the personal details of the participant, tax id number, home address, mobile and home telephone numbers, email address, an explicit declaration of having understood the rules of this competition and their unconditional acceptance and, for the Student category, the name of the university, campus, course of study and year of attendance.
The code and/first name/s of the participant/s must be shown exclusively on the application form, no name should appear on the other documents presented, under penalty of disqualification.


The documents must be submitted in digital format via the above mentioned electronic procedure and within the deadline specified in section 5.
Each participant (or group) must submit:

  1. a brief descriptive text-only report (max 3000 characters, i.e. no more than one page) without images, describing the motivations, the general concept, the characteristics of the project and the materials envisaged.
    The pdf file of the report is must be contained in a vertical ISO-A4 format sheet (21 x 29.7 cm) and must be named ‘relazione_codice’.
    The header must contain only the alphanumeric code indicated in art. 2 and the project name/title, if any;/li>
  2. graphics consisting of no. 3 horizontal ISO-A3 tables (42 x 29.7 cm), in pdf format, composed on the layout of the table that can be downloaded,after registration, from the website http://www.porada-design-award.polidesign.net, which must contain:
    – Board 1: an overview, reference scenarios and modes of use, mood board, general concept of the object in the context of use and sources of inspiration;
    – Board 2: technical drawings: plans, elevations, sections, axonometric views, exploded views, dimensioned construction drawings at appropriate scales and details of details and choice of materials, considered significant;
    – Board 3: representation of the object, rendering, photos of the model.
    The presentation boards should be combined into a single pdf file named ‘tavole_codice’ (maximum file size 5 Mb).
  3. a preview image of the project, summarizing the salient features (which may correspond to the render or another image deemed important) and it will be the first image viewed by the judges to identify the project, in jpg format (maximum file size 1 Mb).

The projects must be presented using exclusively the templates downloadable from the website,
once registered. The files must be uploaded exclusively through the online procedure as described above (server connections for downloading files or files sent by regular or certified email will not be accepted). No confirmation email will be sent, as the files, once uploaded on the portal, can be modified and / or replaced by the participant until the expiry of the competition. After the deadline, personal pages will no longer be accessible to users.


The entries, required without exception in digital format, shall be uploaded on the website as per procedure provided in section 4, no later then midnight on January 31st, 2024.

Website link: Bando | porada-design-award (polidesign.net)

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