Design Competition Invites Antimicrobial Copper Entries

Professional and student designers are being invited to design objects that use copper and copper alloys in innovative, unconventional ways and celebrate the metals’ unique properties. Among the properties to be explored is their antimicrobial efficacy.

26th January 2016

The 6th International Copper and the Home Competition is open to ‘curious, unusual or revolutionary ideas’ from lighting to tables, seating to interior decorations, flooring to radiators and more. The key to these designs is that they showcase copper – or copper alloys such as brasses, bronzes or nickel silvers – and the properties that have made it an enduring favourite for engineers and designers alike.

The world of design is becoming increasingly aware of copper's antimicrobial properties, with a growing number of entries in previous editions exploiting them.

Objects in which copper’s antimicrobial properties might be explored alongside its aesthetic and technical credentials include handles, hand rails, taps and kitchenware. Designers and student designers can also expand beyond this scope, with the competition specifying the object must be for use in the home, or else offices, shops, schools, hospitals and/or public buildings.

The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2016. For more information – including rules and entry forms – click here.

Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.

Some specific copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is important that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.