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Winners of 'Discarded Dreams' competition announced
Jan '09
Rubicon National Social Innovation (RNSI) and Architecture For Humanity, two of the country's leading social enterprises announce the winners of their international design competition "Discarded Dreams" - focused on industrial and product design in the recycling and re-use of mattress and boxspring composite materials.

A reception will be held Thursday, January 22nd from 6 pm - 9pm at the Keetsa Mattress Company at 271 9th Street in San Francisco, CA.

The design reception will showcase the winning entries as well as over 20 designs from around the world. The competition is sponsored by Keetsa Mattress and the International Sleep Products Association.

The winning entries are:
1st Place: Helix: Emeryville, CA - designed acoustical panels for use as office partitions or room soundproofing.

2nd Place: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Sleep-- London, UK- for a design of a permanent shelter composed of deconstructed mattress components.

3rd Place: Silk City: Manchester, UK--a design in a re-imagined future Cityscape - a model of sustainable urban agriculture focused on silk production

Judge's Choice Awards: Chairtress Princeton, NJ--a whimsical entry that judges found fascinating as either a piece of furniture or a toy.

Judge's Choice Awards: Dream On: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-- a clean streamlined sofa made from recycled materials.

Competition Background:
The Discarded Dreams mattress recycling design competition commenced in September by challenging designers to re-envision a world where used mattresses and box springs are turned into new, useful products. The competition stems out of a need for marketable, commercially viable products that Rubicon National Social Innovations could test in a new mattress deconstruction facility starting up in San Jose in conjunction with Goodwill Silicon Valley.

Rubicon National Social Innovations is part of Rubicon Programs, based in Richmond, CA. RNSI seeks innovative ways to create and deliver integrated solutions to social problems and is considered the laboratory for scaling social enterprises. RNSI teamed up with Architecture for Humanity, an international non-profit organization that seeks to bring design, construction and development services to communities in need. Architecture for Humanity hosts a number of design competitions every year through the Open Architecture Network, an online, open-source community for designers.

RNSI will work with the winning entrants on commercially viable products and expanding mattress recycling facility nationally.

Rubicon National Social Innovation (RNSI)

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