October 19, 2009

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The winners of the festival street furniture design competition have been announced.

From among the five finalists, the jury selected the entry of Morelli Designers and Signature Design Communication.

The concept is particularly distinguished in its ingenious and effective anchoring system, signpost supports, and modular bases made up of interlocking heavy blocks. The jury also noted the multifunctional nature of the various elements. "The concept is very simple, both visually and technically. The fixed elements can be installed quickly while preventing the deterioration of festival sites. The proposal is discreet, and blends well with the existing architecture of the Quartier des spectacles" said jury chief Mario Gangon, president of the Association des designers industriels du Québec.

The jury also commended the innovative character of the concept from NIP Paysage by awarding it a special mention. This proposal attracted the jury members with its playful character and imprinted poetry.

Before spring 2010, the City of Montreal will launch a request for proposals for the refinement and manufacturing of the winning concept. The chosen firm will work with the winning design firms on the technical development of the street furniture elements.