Italian contemporary furniture manufacturer Porada Arredi, in cooperation with and Anima Domus, invites designers, creative artists and students to submit their best ideas to Porada International Design Award 2014 by November 30, 2014. This year’s competition offers a total prize of €10,000 and seeks innovative concepts for mirrors, such as a table mirror, freestanding mirror or any other object in which a mirroring surface is predominant.

“South Florida is a hub for creativity, and Anima Domus is proud to encourage all area designers, especially students, to share their work with the world,” said Marconi Naziazeni, founder and CEO of Anima Domus.

“We are long-time supporters of the competition, but this year we have an exciting first,” he added. “Porada has asked Anima Domus to send a representative, chosen among the world’s top design professionals, as a judge for the International Design Award. And we’ve selected Mexican architect Alexis Elias of ELIASELIAS AR.”

Founded in 1975, ELIASELIAS AR distinguishes itself for high-quality design and attention to detail. The firm’s residential, commercial and hospitality work transcends form and function, influencing their environment and achieving a unique identity.

“Judging these great ideas,” Elias shared, “will be a challenge and opportunity, and I look forward to seeing how unique and innovative the mirrors will be.”

Aside from innovation, the competition is looking for designs that are original and unpublished. The use of wood should be prevalent, but not exclusive, and the concept should embody the values and identity of Porada production. The designers should also be sure their concepts enhance the use of production technologies typical of solid wood, must respond to the principles of functionality, comply with current safety standards and offer ergonomic and sustainable characteristics. To download the complete packet of rules, criteria, forms and guides, visit

Last year’s competition was all about tables. For a look at the 2013 winners gallery, visit


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