Winners Announced: PORADA International Design Award 2019


Posted on: July 29th, 2020

Winners Announced: PORADA International Design Award 2019

The winners are announced for the contest sponsored by PORADA ARREDI srl and, under the patronage of ADI


1st PRIZE PROFESSIONAL (€ 3,000): ): “Hackford” by Apostolos Papadimitriou

1st PRIZE STUDENT (€ 2,000): “Frame” by Niccolò Devetag

Milan, December 2019 – Friday 6th December, in the charming setting of Villa del Grumello in Como, the jury of the PORADA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2019 have selected the winners of the competition, promoted by Porada Arredi srl, a leading company in the furniture accessories production industry, and, under the patronage of ADI, the Association for Industrial Design.

There are six winners – three in the Professional category and three in the Student category – who were able to grasp the spirit of the competition by proposing a number of innovative and original projects based on the different types of sideboard and cupboard, able to represent the distinctive values of a key brand for Italian design such as Porada.


The total prize money of 10.000 € will be distributed as follows:

For the PROFESSIONAL category:
1st prize: € 3.000: Apostolos Papadimitriou with “Hackford”
2nd prize: € 2.000: Mattia Fornari with “Torii”
3rd prize: € 1.000: Valentina Marinig with “Tarsia”

For the STUDENT category:
1st prize: € 2.000: Niccolò Devetag with “Frame”
2nd prize: €1.200: Bianca Maria Rodriguez and Arcangelo Primato with “Paperwood”
3rd prize: € 800: Davide Bozzo with “Arcaica”

They are all works of outstanding quality, which stood out to the judicial panel from the 316 projects submitted: 222 in the professional category and 94 in the students category. There were many submissions from Italy, but there was an equally positive international response: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, Turkey, Thailand are just some of the nations involved.

“Hackford” by Apostolos Papadimitriou won the competition for the Professional category. It has been chosen by the jury because it was create from the search for a new entertainment unit, capable of hosting numerous devices that could accompany the TV in the near future, such as TV service boxes, game consoles, hubs, Apple TVs and stereo equipment.

prize prpfessional project Hackford

prize student project Frame


Niccolò Devetag student at Politecnico di Milano, was instead awarded the prize in the Student category with “Frame”.


The project, born from the idea of maintaining a neutral element, consists of a display unit for the night area or commercial environments. Trying to combine aesthetics, functionality and simplicity of production, the structure is composed of wooden panels, which through the play of light, the contrast between surfaces and different geometries, enhance the worked solid wood.

The jury was made up of Bruno Allievi (CEO Porada), Tiziano Allievi (Assocaite Porada), Roberto de Paolis (, Charlotte Dunagan (Dunagan Diverio Design Group), James Liang (CEO, Juyan International Co. Ltd., Taiwan), David Nicholls (Deputy Editor, House & Garden Uk), Livia Peraldo (Director, Elle Décor Italia), Federico Pepe (Le Dictateur Studio) and Hicham Lahlou (International Designer & Interior Architect).

To evaluate the works the jury considered their originality, their degree of innovation, and research into new design solutions concerning the typical processing of solid wood, experimentation with materials and surface finishes, the ability of projects to define and anticipate scenarios of use, and innovative concepts for the use of wooden furniture and contemporary furnishing accessories, with particular regard to typological, technological and morphological resolutions.

More details on the winning projects are available on the website.

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