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The 4th edition of the design contest IDEASxWOOD 2021/2022 is started

31 January 2022

The winning projects of the 2nd and 3rd edition are put into production for the Salone del Mobile 2022

The 4th edition competition notice is online here

Delivery deadline: 31st May 2022


IDEASxWOOD is the most important contest in the industry of wood, promoted by TABU, Italian excellence in the dyeing of wood located in Cantù (CO), in the heart of North Italy; and it is supported by ADI, FederlegnoArredo and FSC® Italia and is a yearly international contest. Main partner is Carpanelli, historic company that produces contemporary furnishings, faithful to a classic and elegant taste.

This is a project with a strong educational impulse designed to support the knowledge of wood and its esteem as a renewable material that’s sustainability can be planned for the future generations. Participants have the opportunity to develop skills on wood, dyeing technology, production processes and latest generation wood surfaces: multilaminar veneers, industrial inlays, three-dimensional surfaces, latest generation boiserie and wooden floors. TABU produces dyed natural veneers, multilaminar wood veneers and wooden state-of-the-art surfaces for the Furniture and the Interior Design sector.



The IV edition competition notice is online. Projects must be uploaded to the appropriate section of the website no later than May 31st, 2022

For those wishing to design WOODEN SURFACES, the competition notice provides the following topics:

  1. multilaminar wood veneers(650 x 3100 mm) for the furniture industry and the wall coverings for interiors;
  2. industrial inlays both on dyed natural veneers and on multilaminar wood veneers – or freely assemblable – for the production of panels (1260 x 3060 mm, ex. Burls and Graffiti Collection by Tabu), for the furniture industry and the wall coverings for interiors;
  3. three-dimensional surfaces made with the technique of the embossed relief or the bas-relief for the production of panels (1250 x 2500/3000 mm, ex. Groovy Collection by Tabu) for the furniture industry and the wall coverings for interiors;
  4. surfaces for state-of-the-art boiserie carried out in sheets (620 x 3000 mm, ex. SKEENS Collection by Tabu Boiserie).
  5. wooden floors, carried out in slats or with other free geometric shapes.


Each idea must be uploaded within a PROJECT AREA (ticked on presenting in the reserved area of the website

  • AREA 1: RESIDENTIAL – Designing of surfaces of furniture/environments (living zone, sleeping area, kitchen).
  • AREA 2: YACHT– Designing of surfaces of furniture/ environments for yachts and cruise ships
  • AREA 3: HO.RE.CA. – Designing of surfaces of HOSPITALITY furniture/ environments (hotellerie-restaurant-café).
  • AREA 4: WELLNESS – Designing of surfaces of furniture/ environments for spas and resorts.
  • AREA 5: RETAIL – Designing of surfaces for furniture and interiors of shops, boutiques, retails
  • AREA 6: MOBILITY – Designing of surfaces for interiors of automotive, aviation and high speed sectors

The submitted solutions shall be original. Furthermore, they shall be aimed at enhancing the company’s work. The aesthetic quality of the presentation and considerations about the technical feasibility of the project will be positively evaluated. The indication of at least one wood species/veneer certified as per the FSC® list and the attention to the re-use of the wood and to the optimization of its use in the production processes will also be positively evaluated.

For those who also want to design FURNITURE, the Carpanelli Award within the Contest, defines the guidelines:


In the 3rd Edition of the Contest were received more than 630 projects.

On the occasion of the Final, which took place on 9 September 2021 on the panoramic terrace THE ROOF in Milan, there were 200 guests including press, university lecturers, and members of the Jury, companies, and institutional guests and, of course, the finalists from all Italy, among whom various foreigners studying at the Milanese universities.

The Contest is not only a competition of ideas, but ideas become reality, because the best projects are put into production.

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