En Plein Air – An object for outdoor living in times of pandemic

Submission: July 11, 2021,
Registration: July 11, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Product design,  self-construction


We are looking for designers to create an object that can be used for outdoor living in a period divided between social-distancing and the desire to return to live in public spaces. The object must be selfbuildable, easy to assemble, with limited dimensions and cost, recyclable (or composed by elements that can be reused even individually) and transportable. The object must have one or more defined functions and a clear use to respond to concrete needs.

Architects, designers, artists, craftsmen, creatives are called to design and model an object for our going back to outdoor living.
The winning projects will be built and exhibited by atelier mobile. Due to the current historical moment and in compliance with the restrictions for the control of the infection from Covid-19, atelier mobile reinvents itself: our first workshop of 2021 is a competition open to all. Our will is to create and share elements of daily use for outdoor life. This summer we’ll do it anyway but safely!


Over the past few months we have been forced to spend most of our days indoors, often with little or limited range of motion. The desire to spend moments of our day also outside invites us to imagine new objects that can be in support of a new period in which open-air spaces become the setting for multiple work, leisure or meeting activities.


Object typology
Any object that can be used outdoors, in urban or natural spaces, to simplify activities that normally could only be carried out indoors. The object must be easy to make to allow it to be replicated by people without special craft and construction skills and competences, without the use of professional machinery and industrial production technologies.
Suggested materials are made through recycling or easily recyclable, as well as those that can be used for a second life if they are abandoned or no longer used.
Dimensions and weight
The object must be easily transportable and stored in a container with a maximum size of 50x30x20cm (approximately a 30-liter backpack) and low weight. It is admitted that it could be disassembled or folded to be transported, if it’s guaranteed an easy reassembling.
The maximum cost of the materials to make the object must be € 30, considering the standard prices in Italy.
The largest possible pool of users should be favoured.
Values to convey
Creativity, curiosity, innovation, ease of use, clear functionality, awareness in the use of available resources.


Technical feasibility
Environmental compatibility


Prototype construction
The jury will select, build and exhibit from 3 to 5 prototypes, according to the number and quality of the submitted works.
Presentation and exhibition will take place at the natural area of Laghetto dei Camosci in Sant’Ambrogio di Torino (end of July) and at the Intercultural Center 28. Lo Spazio di mezzo in Turin (autumn). Panels and images of the winning projects will be exhibited with stop-motion videos on their construction (edited by our team) and together with a selection of images and panels of other selected projects.
On-line publication
Winning and selected projects will be published on atelier mobile website and in an ISSUU flipbook.


>> Go to the competition website <<<