This summer, OCAD University students were invited to reimagine the home of Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse’s Home of the Future envisions a not-so-distant future that focuses on a contemporary and sustainable way of living. Students were asked to consider sustainable solutions for interior and industrial design while communicating Mickey Mouse’s personality.
Presented by Design Exchange (DX), in partnership with Mickey Mouse and The Walt Disney Company Canada and produced by Giant Containers, the contest offered students a chance to collaborate with Disney at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, this fall.
The competition included two sectors: interior design and industrial design. The interior design challenge called on participants to create a living room, kitchen and bedroom from existing sustainable products, using a 640 ft. shipping container from Giant Containers. The industrial design component focused on the design of a brand-new interior product, based on the principles of sustainability and Disney Creative.
Congratulations to the winners:
Industrial design: Rachel McCormick and Aira Harutyunyan
Design: Mickey’s Murphy bed
Interior design: Sebastian Ayala
Design: Inspired by Steamboat Willy
Entries were evaluated by the following panel of judges: Shauna Levy (President & CEO, Design Exchange), Dr. Sara Diamond (President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University), Jana Macalik (Associate Dean, Faculty of Design,OCAD University), Janice Lau-Pearson (Senior Manager, Franchise, Disney Consumer Products Canada), Daniel Kroft (Vice President, Giant Containers), Gordon Kroft (President & CEO, Giant Containers) and John Tong (Founding Principal and Executive Creative Director, tongtong).
The winning submission will be fabricated by Giant Containers and exhibited in Mickey Mouse’s Home of the Future at EDIT in Toronto (September 28 to October 8, 2017), a 10-day international design festival that explores how design, innovation and technology can address today’s global issues and envision a world where all people prosper.