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Extraordinary Spaces

Interior Design Competition


That’s right, Milan’s Expo experience, addressing the theme “Feeding the planet”, Energy for life” from various points of view, has just drawn to a close. This experience, however, does not represent a point of arrival, but a starting point for a new international collective way of thinking in relation to environmental, ethical and symbolic complexities underlying food production, trade, processing and consumption.

The competition regards the design of an Interior space devoted entirely to a specific food or an individual recipe. Participants are required initially to identify
and describe a food or a recipe or a particular preparation of food belonging to their own tradition and culture or quite simply of their own personal taste. The design project should define a public space, either a temporary or permanent space, which is to be organised around the staging of a chosen theme. This may include a concept restaurant, concept store, food stall, banquet, culinary school, communal kitchen, exhibition hall, theatre set, etc., or a hybrid and innovative solution from a functional point of view.

The design should be set within a cubic-shaped volume, between 2x2x2m and 10x10x10m in size, which can be subdivided either horizontally or vertically according to preference and which may even be partially or completely underground. Participants will be asked to attempt to represent the multi-sensory, symbolic and ritual dimension of the relationship between man and food either in the space or through the space.

The Brief


Required Materials

Applicants are required to submit no more than three A3 sketches and a short text written in English.
The materials are to be provided in a digital format (pdf file, max 10 Mb). Entrants are free to chose the scale of reference for their designs, but should specify what scale has been used. When illustrating designs, particular importance should be given to the visual and scenic representation of the interior space (3d models, perspective views and sections, rendering, etc.).

Candidates are also required to submit:

  • Personal portfolio of works and projects: (maximum 15 candidate’s best interior design projects)
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Motivation statement
  • Copy of Degree Certificate
  • Academic Transcripts
  • NABA Two-Year Master of Arts Degree Programs Application Form – Academic Year 2016


The competition is open to young designers coming from architecture, interior design, and engineering faculties or professionals willing to explore the boundaries and constraints of the world of interior design, acquiring and widening their knowledge, critical awareness, original thinking.


Candidates are asked to uploaded their materials in English language and in two files in PDF format: one including competition project and one including the remaining materials. You can upload your materials by clicking the button below:

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alternatively materials can be sent by email to:

or shipped to:
NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano
International Admissions Office
Via Darwin, 20 – 20143 Milan, Italy

When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation within 48 hours that your submission was received. If you do not receive a confirmation, let us know at: int.info@naba.it


The works must be sent  by and no later than April 29th 2016. Candidates will be informed about the results of the competition by e-mail on May 23rd 2016.


The best projects will be awarded a scholarship for partial coverage of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA in Design – Specialization in Interior Design starting on October 2016.

  • 1st prize: nr. 2 scholarships covering 60% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program ( 1 for the English language track; 1 for the Italian language track)
  • 2nd prize: nr. 2 scholarships covering 50% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program ( 1 for the English language track; 1 for the Italian language track)
  • 3rd prize: nr. 2 scholarships covering 40% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program ( 1 for the English language track; 1 for the Italian language track)
  • 4 special mentions covering 20% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program ( 2 for the English language track; 2 for the Italian language track)


Projects will be evaluated and selected by the Faculty of the Two-year Master in Design – Interior Design.

General Conditions

NABA is entitled not to award the scholarship if the projects are deemed not to meet the suitable standards defined by the jury.
The jury will judge at its own discretion and its decision is final.

The scholarship presented in this public announcement can not be combined with other economic reductions offered by NABA.
The scholarship will be deducted from the balance of the tuition fee.
The assigned scholarship which will not be confirmed could be transferred to the next candidate in the ranking list.

Property rights

Every moral or paternity right as to the project remains property of the author. The projects sent to NABA will not be returned.