MaDe is a competition, event series and platform devoted to realizing the positive impact material designers can have across all creative sectors.

Material Designers are agents of change. They can design, redesign, reform, reuse and redefine materials giving them an entirely new purpose. Increasing the potential of materials they can go on to research, advise, educate and communicate what materials are and can be in the immediate, near and far future. These actions have the ability to implement positive social, economical, political and environmental change across al sectors, towards a more responsibly designed future.

Throughout 2019 MaDe will be hosting six workshops in three major cities. Two in Milan, two in Barcelona and two in London, including a total of 120 participants. A shortlist of eighteen finalists will have the unique opportunity to be exhibited in some of the most world renowned design weeks and design festivals; Milan Design Week, Barcelona Design Week and London Design Festival in the year 2020. Three of the eighteen shortlisted participants will be awarded the opportunity to undertake a three month material design paid placement within the industry to kickstart their careers as agents of change; MaDe (Material Designers).

Within the framework of the project, Form/Design Center is a partner for a workshop that will be carried out in London 16–20 September 2019. Through this partnership, 10 designers from southern Sweden will given the opportunity to participate in the workshop. MaDe will pay for travel and accommodation for the participants.


This summer an open call was held for designers based in Skåne, Halland, Småland and Blekinge. The following are chosen for participation in the workshop:

Carl-Ludvig Svensson
Ebba Lindgren
Emma Thyni
Hanna Carlsson
James Dart
My Malmström
Pia Högman
Tessa Gueze
Victor Isaksson Pirtti
Yesol Kim

MaDe Brief

Are you a researcher, design professional, graduate or student working within material design? Does your work drive positive change within society?

Each material design application should challenge, question and reframe our pre-existing knowledge surrounding the material world and help us redefine the role of a material designer which encourages responsible social, technological and ecological perspectives on material use and applications for today and tomorrow.

We’re looking for material designers that are developing their chosen materials within closed-loop systems, rethinking material applications, repurposing material surpluses and extending the potential of traditional material processes.

MaDe offers the opportunity for material designers to be recognised for their contribution to creating a positive social, economical, environmental and political impact and be recognised for it across all creative sectors.

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