For the 10th edition of its design competition, the French furniture brand proposed a retake on traditional areas of know- how. A theme that tempted close to 300 young candidates.
The first thing that Cinna revisited for this anniversary edition were the terms of the competition itself. Unlike past years when the competition was organised around two obligatory themes – small furniture and lighting – the 2017 edition imposes no category, allowing freedom of creativity to young designers ( aged under 30) to take a new look at traditional areas of know- how and see how they can relate to the present day. Such an exercise would beg reflection on the evolution of ways of living and the way this impacts the home, from nomadism, product dematerialisation, connected living to home office. The best entries were selected by a jury comprising specialist journalists – Chantal Hamaide ( Intramuros), Anne Desnos- Bré ( Marie Claire Maison), Martine Duteil ( Côté Paris), Sylvie Wolff ( Express Styles), Cendrine Dominguez ( Téva Déco), Sylvie Adigard ( France 2) – and designers – Marie Christine Dorner, Noé Duchaufour- Lawrance and Eric Jourdan, under the chairmanship of Michel Roset ( President of Cinna) and with the participation of Francesca Avossa ( consultant). L’ESAD Saint- Etienne hit the jackpot with two awardwinning students: Jennifer Hardel, first prize ( 4,000 Euros), with her wall window “Millefeuille” in tempered glass and coloured film – a reinterpretation of stained glass windows in a deconstructed form and assembled using the modern technique of collage by UV light. Diana Müller, won the public prize ( 2,000 Euros) for her rug- object project. Thanks to a metallic structure, “Arya” carries the fabric like a paravent, a clothes- horse or even a seat. Internet users voted for it on the www.marieclairemaison. com site. Associate designers Benjamin Voisin and Cédric Guillemin ( Studio VoisinGuillemin) chose the ancestral craft of cooperage ( the making of barrels and tubs) as their chosen subject. Known in France in the wine- growing sector, this knowhow is used widely in Japan for the making of wooden objects. Taking their inspiration from containers and tubs used for bath- taking rituals, they created a sofa end table called “Oke”, and were awarded second prize for It ( 3,000 Euros). Fabien Cadamuro, product designer at Constantin chose lighting as his subject, and came away with third prize ( 2,000 Euros). His “Halley” light is a modern re- take of the candle. It charges by induction and distributes a soft light thanks to its LED light source. A mobile and economical lighting solution, that breaks with digital. This anniversary edition was also the occasion for Cinna to look back over the ten years of the competition. The public was invited to vote the “Prize of Prizes” in a retrospective of all the First Prizes awarded by former juries. The winners were designers Nathanaël Désormeaux and Damien Carette ( Désormeaux/ Carette)*, who won the 9th edition of the young talent competition with their “Paddock Chair” that joined the Cinna catalogue in 2017. The Paddock Chair was shown in January at the Maison& Objet Fair.
* Nathanaël Désormeaux and Damien Carette won the City of Paris Grand Prix of Creation, design / rising professional category.
La chaise “OE”, design Angioni Thomas et Adrien Louvry ( 2ème prix catégorie meuble en 2016), entrée au catalogue Cinna en 2017, présentée sur le salon Maison& objet en janvier.
La “Paddock Chair”, design Desormeaux/ Carette, est entrée au catalogue Cinna en 2017. Prix des Prix
Le projet “Arya”, design Diana Müller, élu Prix du Public par les internautes.