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15 Oct 14

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Arta Ceramica, Mexican artisan enterprise, is looking for small ceramic objects. Items should be functional for work desks and able to get a smile, even on the most stressful workdays.

Company description

Arta Ceramica is a Mexican enterprise that designs and produces contemporary style objects. Founded in 2005 by designers Marta Ruiz and Gloria Rubio, Arta Ceramica promotes Mexican creativity through their own product line, inviting artists and emergent designers interested in developing concepts and ideas involving ceramics.

What we are looking for

This brief is also available in Italian . ( Download )

Ceramic happy desk ’s goal is to discover original and innovative objects for work desks . Participants are invited to think of small ceramic objects representing their vision of the desk of 2020 , work habits and routines of the future.

Keep the following guidelines in mind when designing your proposal:

Function : imagine the work environment and the habits of the future. Suggest functional objects to put on office or home work desks.

Dimensions : objects should be 19cm high (maximum) and 11cm wide (maximum diameter).

Weight : approximately 350g.

Materials : objects will be produced in white ceramic material . Only a small percentage of other materials will be allowed (max 20% of the total volume).

Materials NOT allowed : glass, metal, precious stones, or plastic pieces produced by injection must not be employed. Mechanic and electronic components are also NOT allowed.

Technologies used : objects will be slipcast (produced from liquid clay in plaster cast). If other technologies are required, Arta Ceramica will outsource to external suppliers.

Style : use a contemporary style with smooth lines and a funny playful mood .

Shapes : choose spherical , conical , cylindrical , or curved shapes to be created with specific moulds. Surfaces can be smooth or textured. DO NOT use flat surfaces or sharp angles, or cubical or prismatic shapes.

Colours : products will be slipcast in white ceramic material but it is possible to apply graphics of all colours (see Material File for examples). Avoid metal, gold and silver colours.

Communication : think of objects with pleasing shapes able to express the idea, “life and work are amusing!”

Logo : objects will carry Arta Ceramica’s logo but in small dimensions (see Material file for the logo).

Target price : the objects will be priced around $25.


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