Calling all Chicago Designers (pro or not): The Chicago Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the Chicago Furniture Designers Association (CFDA) are collaborating to launch a competition and exhibition of furniture design at the Chicago Cultural Center, opening in October 2008 and running through May 2009. This exhibition will be an extremely high profile show of conceptual furniture and furnishings that challenge convention with innovative concepts and compelling forms.
What is the concept?
"The iconography of furniture is often straightforward and simple. But if certain qualities of furniture are inherent for reasons of comfort, stability, and manufacturing, where can we diverge from the traditional image and role of furniture? Can furniture actually deceive its users? The focus of this competition is to push the envelope of our common conceptions of furniture and explore new roles furniture could take on. Each of the selected works will maintain an element of deception, be it visual, material, mechanical, or functional. "
Who can enter?
"Deceptive Design is open to anyone in the greater Chicagoland region from students, to designers, and non-designers. Initial concepts will be juried as rendered concepts or drawings, based on interpretation of the concept and expression of the form. Pieces selected for exhibition must be able to be constructed with a high regard for craft, trueness to original concept, and by the exhibition date."
The deadline is May 27th and all submission details, along with the application can be found here.
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