A competition for students and designers sponsored by Dalsouple Rubber Flooring, now in its third year.

‘Transform the Future’ encourages designers and students to go out into the community and spread the word that in design, ‘sustainable’ doesn’t mean ‘boring’. By seeking sustainable solutions to design problems, tomorrow’s designers will make a huge contribution to the environmental performance of the built environment. And as Dalsouple’s massive range of gorgeous colours and textures clearly shows, these days ‘green design’ should be anything but dull.

The 2008 competition attracted entries from every corner of the international student design community, with the winners coming from Argentina. For 2009, the competition format will expand to acknowledge the growing importance of sustainability as an element in the design mix.


Category 1: Interior Entrants, who may be students or professionals from relevant disciplines, will need to establish a link with a local community group. That could be a school or college, a youth centre, community hall, or other interior communal space that would benefit from a little tlc. Entrants will work with real ‘clients’ in the form of the people who use the space every day. Together they will identify an interior project and develop a realistic design solution, based on the clients’ needs.

The judges will be looking for creative designs that will deliver a realistic and tangible improvement to the chosen space. Particular attention will be given to the use of colour, and to awareness of sustainability in the selection of all the materials used. Of course, the design should incorporate Dalsouple Natural Rubber as a flooring material, because this will form part of the prize. And as the aim is for the winning design to be implemented, the school or community will get the benefit.

Category 2: Product This new category invites entrants, who may be students or professionals from the product design community to submit concepts for products or actual products that incorporate DalNaturel natural rubber in some way. The whole item may be made of rubber or just a tiny amount may be used within the design. As with the Interiors category, the judges will be looking for product ideas that offer a creative, sustainable solution to a design problem.


  • Entry to Transform is free. Entries will close on Monday 1 June 2009.

  • Dalsouple can offer a free presentation about the competition for participating colleges and design companies. Sample materials and literature will also be supplied.

  • Winners will be notified by the end of June 2009. Winning entries will be featured on the Dalsouple website.

  • International entries are welcome.

  • If you are interested in entering, email with your full mailing address so that we can post you a competition pack. This will contain Dalsouple brochures and samples. If you would like a presentation from Dalsouple to launch the competition, email us with your proposed dates.

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