The Argentinian Nicolás Calandri is the winner of the third edition of the contest promoted by Infiniti; a special mention also to Italian Francesco Ludovico Bertin and to Spanish José López-Aguilar and Roger Castro.
An original solution, practice but “revolutionary”, in order to answer to the modern ways and spaces of life. Its name is Turtle and it is the project with which the young Argentinian designer Nicolás Calandri awarded the third edition of the Infiniti Design De-contest “Under R3v0lution Chairs”.
To the participants it was asked to project a folding chair, with innovative and revolutionary character, inspired to Infiniti identity and values, like creativity, dynamism and cosmopolitan spirit. Turtle by Nicolás Calandri is a project that fully answers to the demands of the contemporary way of living: this folding chair, conceived in polipropilene, characterizes not only for its organic formal aspect, but also for the fresh and juvenile image, almost irreverent, that makes it an unique model. To differentiate this chair from the greatest part of the flexible chairs is the enveloping round one-piece shell that, combined to functionality and ergonomics, makes Turtle a different folding chair, in accordance to the even more reduced and dynamic living spaces.
The winner was selected by the jury composed by Giovanni Pegoraro, Infiniti and OMP Group manager, Paolo Orlandini, architect and designer, Paola Carimati, journalist at Elle Decor and Aurelio Magistà, editor in chief at RCasa.
Considered the number and the quality of the arrived projects, the jurors have decided to also assign a special mention to Milly by Francesco Ludovico Bertin, chair in wood with a northern design, and to Unplec by the Spanish duo José Lopez-Aguilar and Roger Castro, project that unites the playful to the ethical value.
"This edition of the Infiniti Design De-contest - tells Marco Ceccato, sales manager at Infiniti - has found a good success, both for adhesion of participants coming from the whole world and for the high quality of the 600 introduced projects."
Also the choice to limit the participation to designers under 30 resulted winning: "With this contest Infiniti wanted to give the opportunity to valorize at best their talent and their cretivity; the ideas that we received are really innovative and “revolutionary”, as we waited for - Marco Ceccato continues - with the prize we wanted to stimulate young people to cultivate their curiosity, pushing them to make research and helping them to find their path"
The winner was awarded on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, on Tuesday April 9th 2013, at Infiniti stand. In that occasion were present also the designers Alessandro Masturzo and Filippo Mambretti, that introduced the products with which they won the first edition of the Infiniti Design De-contest and today entered to Infiniti 2013 catalogue.