Winners announced in portable ashtray competition

The winners have been announced in the Japan Tobacco International Clean City Lab design contest to create the ‘portable ashtray of the future’ that combines ‘creativity, aesthetic and eco responsibility’.

The competition, organised by JTI, was open to students from Milan’s Domus Academy, London’s Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Lausanne’s Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne.

The winner was Giuseppe Zappavigna, from Domus Academy, for Molla, which the jury described as ‘a design-object with all the characteristics needed to become an icon in the best tradition of Italian style’.

Joint second place was awarded to ECAL students Fanny Dora for Ashes Envelope and Anais Bloch for Ash Bag. Dan Carragher from Central Saint Martins was awarded third place for his Pock-It Ashtray.

Piercarlo Alessiani, chairman and managing director of JT International Italia, says, ‘JTI is convinced that applying the concepts of design to the issue of cigarette littering in the urban environment will contribute to identifying an innovative solution to this very real problem.’

The competition was judged at Milan furniture fair by a jury including Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola; Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, director of La Triennale museum in Milan; and Andrea Branzi, architect, designer and co-founder of Domus Academy.

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