One World, One Wood: Design 21 Launches Contests to Save Forests

design21.jpgHere’s your chance to use your design skills to save forests! Today Design 21, the Felissimo- and UNESCO-sponsored international social design network, launches two contests to promote the use of sustainable wood—that is, wood from forests that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable in their practices. Both contests will benefit Design 21 member organizations the FSC and The Nature Conservancy.

First up is a visual design competition that aims to get the word out about FSC-certified wood. Entrants must provide “a compelling and persuasive message that sparks an interest in FSC and drives people to a consumer-searchable website; a campaign design for online and print ads; and a clever URL name for FSC’s consumer website.” The winner, chosen by The Nature Conservancy and the FSC, will receive $5,000 in prize money, with additional cash prizes going to entries selected by the DESIGN 21 Advisory Board.

eames wood.jpgThe second competition should make you sit up a little straighter on your Eames molded plywood lounge: the Going with the Grain Challenge invites you to “design an original, functional, and aesthetically appealing object made from a single sheet of FSC-certified plywood.” The prototype of the winning design will be auctioned to benefit The Nature Conservancy’s sustainable forestry program. The winner will also receive a manufactured sample of his or her design. You’ve got until January 13th to submit the winning entries for both competitions. (Knock on wood.)