Our first “Design-moi un jouet” (Design me a toy) contest

Our French office launched the first “DESIGN-MOI UN JOUET” contest in 2016, with the goal to raise awareness among students in design schools on the green, sustainable and healthy design of toys for small children (0-3 years). In November 2017, two teams were awarded with an award for their designs.

With the help of its experts committee, we defined criteria which the designs had to fulfil. A jury of six professionals from the design, engineering, eco-design and toys safety fields selected and advised the participants. 10 projects were submitted by students from France, Belgium and Switzerland. Four from these were selected to present their prototypes. After a final deliberation the jury decided to award two projects. The first prize was given to Eleonore Sense and Nora Dupont from the ENSCI School (Paris), who designed “Pluzz”, a toy made from wood and natural rubber. The second prize was granted to Nina Balleydier, Laurine Farjanel and Mathilde Lacroix from Licence Design of Bordeaux University for “Tortugo”, an evolving baby made from natural textiles.

The 1st prize design

The 2nd prize design

An exhibition took place in Paris in November 2017 where all the projects were displayed, with 60 people attending. The exhibition was created by students of  the IPAC-DESIGN School from Geneva. This successful first edition of the contest will be followed by others in the near future.

More information (in French): Video  of the event and press release. See the project nesting website for more information on harmful chemicals and toys.