PLANET DESIGN - INNOVATION THROUGH DESIGN FOR A COMPETITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY
Del 2009-01-01 al 2011-12-31
The project Planet Design stems from the future and explicit needs of the European Wooden Furnishing sector, which are now recognised at all levels of the production chain. Innovating and differentiating the production offer are today the fundamental leverages for supporting the leadership of the European furnishing production system which, in the light of new changes occurring on the market and legislations environmental issues, must develop an offer which skilfully combines innovation, aesthetics and sustainability.
The Planet Design project will offer support to the furnishing production system for achieving this strategic objective, providing an ‘accompaniment’ service that is able to cover those phases of the NPD processes which are managed with greater difficulty by companies internally.
This project proposes to develop a service devoted to companies of the sector that allows them to approach sustainable innovation in a more systematized manner. The term sustainability has a dual meaning:
1.ability to generate products that are not easily reproducible by international competitors that use price as the main competitive edge;
2.ability to generate products that comply with the notion of sustainable development as defined by the Brundtland Commission.
The project team will therefore devise a series of instruments required by companies to guide innovation, starting from long-term plans, applying in a rationale manner new technologies, innovative materials, revolutionary communication, while complying with national and international regulatory constraints that are increasingly imposing themselves in order to guarantee environmental sustainability. The application of this approach to sustainable design will become a crucial point for reconciling technologies, legislations and materials aimed at realizing competitive products on the market from an aesthetic, formal and economic point of view. The project foresees a phase of applied research, followed by information and communication activities addressed to the industrial system on the results that are achieved, and a personalized system of accompaniment towards sustainable innovation devoted to the furniture companies.
The Planet Design project sets itself the overall objective of a service devoted to companies of the European wooden furnishing sector, which is able to accompany them towards the development of structured and formalized NPD processes, which are able to develop innovative products for the market and which are sustainable for society and the environment.
This macro objective will be broken down into a series of specific objectives:
1. The development of a roadmap of innovations that may be possible in future and of a series of qualitative and quantitative scenarios relating to the evolution of modern society;
2. The development of a series of researches devoted to the wooden furnishing sector, which will help to spotlight technologies, materials, legislations that are able to offer SMEs territorial opportunities to innovate and differentiate;
3. Identification of a panel of incentives, which can stimulate companies of the sector to adopt more sustainable product innovation;
4. The combination of all these researches in a personalized service for companies which will lead to the development and validation of new product concepts, characterized by high rates of innovation, competitiveness on the market and sustainability.
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Año 2012: Roadmap on Innovation for furniture SME