Design 21 is now accepting entries for the Going with the Grain Challenge, which is being co-hosted by The Nature Conservancy and FSC-US.
The brief: Design an original and compelling object that can be made from a single sheet of Forest Stewardship Council-certified plywood measuring 4 ft. by 8 ft. by 1 in.
Entries should be functional and are limited to one sheet of plywood. They must be flat-pack designs, either using no hardware or with the use of up to 20 pieces of EcoSystems: Alpha hardware. (Click here for PDF instructions and 3D files of Alpha hardware.) Note: Glue is not an acceptable connection material and the design must be able to be repeatedly assembled and disassembled between flat and 3D.
The winner will have to supply drawings for manufacturing prototypes and should be ready to provide the layout in either 3D or Illustrator for optimum translation. EcoSystems is providing computer numerically controlled (CNC) routing manufacturing of the winning entry.
Entries will be judged on their originality, beauty and utility. The jury includes Sara Elliot, project director of TNC's Design for Living World exhibition (opening in May at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum); Ezri Tarazi, industrial designer, writer and educator; Ellen Lupton, curator of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Andrew Personette, executive director of EcoSystems; and George Beylerian, founder of Material ConneXion.
And what do you win? Two prototypes of the winning design will be made, with one going to the winner and the other being auctioned in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy's Design for a Living World exhibition.
Deadline for entry: June 2 at 5:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on June 16.