Contest · Create His-Story With Ceramic Figurines

Istituto Marangoni and Cappellini are set to launch the third edition of their contest, this year named Create His-Story with Ceramic figurines, international design contest for the creation of a piece of furniture in the form of a ceramic figurine.

‘Create His-Story with Ceramic Figurines’ is inspired by the story of the porcelain figurines collector Kaspar Utz, by Australian writer Bruce Chatwin, and the misfortunes he faces in the attempt to preserve his fragile treasure. Aimed at aspiring designers from around the world, participants in the context are requested to design a decorative figurine in ceramic or porcelain, with a size limit for height of 15 cm, depicting real or imaginary characters. The work must be submitted by 21st July, 2017, complete with sketches, color rendering and a report about the reasons and sources of inspiration of the project.

A jury composed of the School of Design Teaching executives, together with professionals from the Italian and international design industry – including ADI founding member Antonella Andriani; journalist, Icon and Icon Design director Michele Lupi;, Architect, Designer and Art Director of Istituto Marangoni Giulio Cappellini, who is also the Head Judge on this occasion – will evaluate the projects on the basis of their consistency with the theme of the competition, innovation and concept synthesis. The winner will be awarded with a scholarship offered by the Cappellini group to participate in the October 2017 intake of Italian Product & Furniture Design Masters course held at Istituto Marangoni School of Design in Milano, in addition to an exclusive internship opportunity at Cappellini’s.

“We are pleased to launch the third edition of the international design contest, and thus provide an opportunity for a young talent to participate in the Italian Product & Furniture Design Master’s” said Massimo Zanatta, School Director of the School of Design “a key course for Istituto Marangoni, where the best insights and objects of the future are conceived, always inspired by the Made in Italy “.

Send a ZIP file (max10 MB) with all the materials at, please specify in the object “Create His-Story contest”, including:

  • Description of the project (in *pdf) of at least 500 characters and maximum 1000, explaining the starting concept and its sources of inspiration.
  • 1 colored Renders in *.jpg, with a4 boards measure
  • Hand sketch
  • Copy of the university degree or other equivalent three years course.
  • Copy of the passport.



  • July 21st , 2017 > Deadline for submission of registration and for submission of the creative project.
  • July 25th, 2017 >  Meeting of the jury composed by professionals for the election of the winner of the call
  • Starting from July 27th, 2017 > Notification of the winner


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