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To mark the launch of its new ranges in the UK, Milan-based design and furniture company Tacchini has joined forces with the AJ to launch a competition to design a new armchair.

The Something To Sit On competition is open to architects and architectural students looking to try their hand at furniture design.

The brief is to design an armchair which is soft and comfortable, and which can be integrated easily into different styles and environments for both the residential and contract markets. The product should complement the Tacchini range, and combine the values of aesthetics, design and functionality for which the brand is known. The design needs to function as a single piece in isolation, but also work collectively as a seating system for larger contract environments, such as hotels and public spaces. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at 100% Design (21-24 September) on the AJ's exhibition stand. The winner will be announced on 21 September 2006 at 100% Design and will then be prototyped and subsequently unveiled at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2007.

Judges include: Giusi Tacchini, managing director, Tacchini Furniture Isabel Allen, editor, AJ Luke Pearson, designer, PearsonLloyd Tom Lloyd, designer, PearsonLloyd Matthew Hilton, designer James Mair, Viaduct Amanda Levete, Future Systems Closing date for entries: 31 August 2006 For further details or to download an entry form go to: www. ajplus. co. uk/somethingtositon www. tacchini. it www. carocommunications. com

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