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    We are searching for the minimal furniture piece that suits any occasion. Opens today “Passepartout”, the latest contest launched by the participatory design platform Formabilio for young and talented designers.

    The designers are called to conceive the furniture piece, home accessory or lighting project that is minimal, able to match any interior style, like the master key can open many doors. We are looking for projects with an immediate character, linear, neat, that could be placed anywhere, ready to be used and that go well with everything.


    Projects have to respect certain fundamental requirements: to be in the furniture, home accessory or lighting category (therefore cannot be submitted objects or toys) It has to be “doable” with the materials –solid and panel wood, upholstered furniture with few different finishing- and production capacity of Formabilio’s partner companies. Another essential requirement is the dimension of the packaging that cannot be over 230 cm in length and exceed 30 kg of weight (packaging included) for each parcel in order to keep shipping costs low. Plastic is not forbidden as long it is used for tiny parts, it is easily available and do not require moulds or particular tools for its manufacturing process.


    Projects can be submitted online from 10:00 am CET November 20th, 2013 and by no later than December 18th,  2013 at 6.00 pm CET.

    Formabilio’s community can vote the projects until 6:00 pm CET on January 8th, 2014. Winners will be announced on January 22nd, 2014.

    Finally, the technical Commission formed by representatives of Formabilio, manufacturers, communications and design experts, will select at least 2 projects to produce them. Following Formabilio’s philosophy, at least one must be chosen among the 10 most voted projects.  

    As always, Formabilio will produce the winning projects and designers will get 7% of the final sale price on

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    What’s more, Formabilio’s has announced the winners of the contest Mission gifts. Aim of this contest was to design furniture or home accessory projects that would make the perfect present, right for every occasion and every home.

    Among 153 competing projects, here are those that Formabilio will produce and sell online:

    INPASTA – Cushions inspired by ravioli and tortellini pasta shape, it is an idea by Maddalena Vantaggi, 32 years old designer from Gubbio (PG).

    ZIPPY – Multifunctional-convertible pouf designed by Fabrizio Simonetti, 43 years old from Pesaro.


    Formabilio reserves also the right to verify the feasibility of following projects:

    OBLÒ – One of a kind pouf, different from any other for its hidden storage space closed by a soft ball conceived by Antonio Onorati, 28 years old from Frosinone.

    For further information about the winners of Mission gifts:, a furniture start-up with an ethical mind and an Italian heart.

    Born to turn Made in Italy Participatory design into a brand to export worldwide, Formabilio is a web platform promoting furniture design contests. Aspiring and professional designers can enter furniture and furnishing projects that will be produced by small Italian manufacturing companies and sold online on Formabilio shop


    Formabilio identifies the most sustainable and appealing projects to produce them. Based on crowdsourcing, Formabilio shares the results of his venture with all the people involved in the project, from the designers to manufacturing companies.

    Nowadays Formabilio community has 77.316 registered users, among whom 1.602 are designers for a total amount of 3.272 submitted projects.



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    We are a start-up with a business eye and ethical mind. We give shape to designers’ ideas thanks to the know-how of small Italian manufacturing companies. The resulting products tell the story of