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FurniTeacher – Challenge to merge furniture with learning

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Rural and semi-urban schools in India often lack access to adequate print media to learn from, so educators are pushed to maximise the use of the physical space. Walls, blackboards, flooring all emerge as potent means of teaching.

Since these schools often lack access to adequate infrastructure, students of these schools are forced to inhabit these spaces without comfortable furniture for the whole school duration. In addition, many of these spaces are characterised by murals that attempt to facilitate learning. Unfortunately, murals tend to be more permanent than is ideal to facilitate the progress in learning expected from the child. Moreover, budgetary constraints mean that a painted mural remains in the space till there is another financial opportunity to paint again.

In such a space it may be valuable to ask ourselves, what opportunities could modular furniture that could also help transfer knowledge allow?

New possibilities in the classroom

Furniture, particularly classroom furniture, tends to have a singular purpose. They act as either surfaces to write/draw/interact on, or as seating. As technology has improved in the years, coupled with an increasing cost of production, and increasing environmental consciousness, a need has arisen for modular solutions. There is an increasing demand for furniture that can support more than a singular purpose.

While this design model is useful for various different reasons, its virtues are particularly potent in environments with limitations. In spaces such as rural schools where one must make most of the spatial elements to facilitate learning, these modular furniture solutions can be a promising future.
The furniture could not only increase student comfort but could open up a host of opportunities for children to learn from.

The challenge here is to design a modular furniture solution that can be implemented in rural and semi-urban Indian schools.

The solution should act primarily as effective and comfortable furniture for children to use during their school day. Apart from acting as furniture, the object should be able to transform to act as a potent platform to help transfer knowledge to the students. The solution can be one single changeable form or be composed of multiple smaller forms that work together in both scenarios. The material must be cost-effective and durable.

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The challenge here is to design a modular furniture solution that can be implemented in rural and semi-urban Indian schools.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Winner 6000$
Runner – Up – 1400$ x 6
People’s Choice – 600$ x 4
Honorable Mention – 600$ x 12

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens July 7, 2022
Registration Closes August 1, 2022
Deadline to Submit Project August 2, 2022
Winners announcement Date September 29, 2022



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