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Porada International Design Award 2020: I VINCITORI

The winners are announced for the contest sponsored by PORADA ARREDI srl and, under the patronage of ADI

1st PRIZE PROFESSIONAL (€ 3,000): " Soothy" by Cornelius Comanns
1st PRIZE STUDENT (€ 2,000): "FIORDILATTE Chair" by Francesco Canali

Milan, December 2021 – Friday 10th December, at Villa del Grumello Greenhouse, Lake Como, the jury of the PORADA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2020 have selected the winners of the competition, promoted by Porada Arredi srl, a leading company in the furniture accessories production industry, and, Consortium Company founded by Politecnico di Milano, under the patronage of ADI, the Association for Industrial Design.

There are six winners – three in the Professional category and three in the Student category – who were able to grasp the spirit of the competition by interpretating the distinctive values of a key brand for Italian design such as Porada and proposing a number of innovative and original projects with the Chair as their theme.

The total prize money of 10.000 € will be distributed as follows:

For the PROFESSIONAL category:
1st prize: € 3.000:  Cornelius Comanns with “Soothy”
2nd prize: € 2.000: Marco Ferriani and Sara Sbolgi with “Ivy”
3rd prize: € 1.000: Kazuya Maie with “Flusso”

For the STUDENT category:
1st prize: € 2.000: Francesco Canali with “FIORDILATTE Chair”
2nd prize:  €1.200: Karen Tsui con “Dipping Wafer”
3rd prize: € 800: Lucia Carnevalini with “Menfi”

Special mention:
Jingyong Huang with “Mei Chair”

They are all works of outstanding quality and innovation, which stood out to the judicial panel from the 344 projects submitted: 166 in the professional category and 178 in the students category. There were many submissions from Italy, but there was an equally positive international response: Taiwan, China, Russia, France, Turkey, Brazil, Japan, India, Serbia, Ukraine, Colombia, Spain, Egypt, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, United Kingdom, USA, are just some of the many nations involved.

"Soothy" by Cornelius Comanns won the competition for the Professional category. It combines the functions of a rocking chair and a crandle into one piece of furniture that can be used and enjoyed together by parent and child. The idea to this design was born when strong measures had to be taken to deal with COVID-19, due to which parents were forced to work from home and child care was not available. Soothy allows parents to work on the computer, do chores or just relax, while always keeping an eye on their children and keep them calm easily with rocking motions. The project might be a relatively free interpretation of the competition’s topic ‚chair‘ but provides real benefits and relief that go beyond simply sitting.

Francesco Canali, student of Nuove Tecnologie dell'Arte, Accademia di Brera, won the prize of the Students category with "FIORDILATTE Chair". The project stems from the desire to create not only a solid and modern in the forms seat but also, and first of all, a relationship, an emotional medium, one of those objects that you associate with the domestic hearth, that can help you rest and caresses you when you come home. With its appearance of a sinuous and soft elastic, the solid wood becomes the trait d'union of the other two components, the backrest and the seat, which are born as two cushions in Memory Foam covered in fabric, chosen for its ability to recover and recompose in the original form when it is freed from the weight, reaffirming its identity of being alive, and not without a soul.

The  jury  was made up of Bruno Allievi (CEO Porada), Tiziano Allievi (Associate Porada), Vincenzo Castellana (Architect and Designer, ADI Board Member), Lena Cottray (Co-Design Director Lawson Robb Studio, London), Csaba dalla Zorza (Writer, Tv Personality, Director of Marie Claire Maison Italia), Roberto de Paolis (, Anne Desnos (Director of Marie Claire Maison France), Iain Johnson (CEO Rigby & Rigby Studio, London), Patrick Jouin (Designer, Paris), Sima Ganoudi (Founder and Associate of Wood Work, Principauté de Monaco).

To evaluate the works the jury considered their originality, the degree of innovation and pursuit of new design solutions related to the processes typically used for solid wood, experimentation with materials and surface finishes, the capacity of projects to define and anticipate scenarios of use and innovative concepts in the use of wooden furniture and contemporary furnishings.

More details on the winning projects are available on the, and

Porada International Design Award 2020
International Design Competition for Italian and foreign designers and creative professionals.
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