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Vibram Rubber Skin Attitude

New design contest Vibram Rubber Skin Attitude organised by Vibram and recently launched on Desall, relies on the international community of designers to explore new applications, products and shapes specifically thought for the exclusive Luxury Rubber, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 80° anniversary of the renowned Carrarmato design.

Vibram Rubber Skin Attitude, new design contest has been recently organised by Vibram and launched on Desall.

This contest relies on the international community of designers to explore new applications, products and shapes specifically thought for the exclusive Luxury Rubber, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 80° anniversary of the renowned Carrarmato design.

After years of experience and research, Vibram has become leader in the production of high-performance rubber soles, entering several market sectors, from mountaineering to running, from trekking to city, from safety at work to the most extreme requirements, setting the standards for the whole world of soles.
Starting from this very technological excellence, Vibram has kept on exploring the potential of its know-how, launching on the market highly innovative and revolutionary products, like the well known Vibram FiveFingers.

In line with the values of its founder, Vibram is now looking for new finished or semifinished products to be realised through the revolutionary Luxury Rubber “leatherette rubber sheet”, the result of many years of study and experiments, a thin Vibram Morflex sheet with a look very similar to leather (hence the Luxury term), which preserves the performance of the Vibram Rubber (see technical info hereafter).
The technological evolution given by this material enables the approach of new markets and product typologies yet to explore, that Vibram would like to discover with your creativity, through a multi-phase contest.
In the first phase of the contest, you are invited to suggest new product ideas and concepts to be realised through the revolutionary Luxury Rubber “leatherette rubber sheet”, while in the second phase you will be invited to further explore and develop into specific products the winning concepts of the previous phase.
In order to share all its passion and attention for the technological research and development, Vibram will grant the winner of the second phase, in addition to the award, the chance to attend a workshop at the Vibram Technological Center in China, where she or he may closely follow the development of her/his own project.

For the correct realisation of your proposals, keep into consideration the following guidelines:

Objective of the contest: you are invited to suggest new ideas or concepts for finished or semifinished products also outside the shoe industry, investigating in depth the potential of the innovative Luxury Rubber “leatherette rubber sheet”, preferring those products that are more in line with the Vibram heritage, possibly exploring also new environments and sectors that Vibram has not entered yet.

Product typology (ideas and concepts): The concepts of the products you suggest shall be realised with the Luxury Rubber “leatherette rubber sheet”, taking full advantage of the distinguishing features, giving it the main role in your project. The proposals shall not necessarily regard the only shoe industry, but will have to be applicable to the environments already explored by the company or approach new markets, always respecting and complying with the Vibram values and brand identity.

Luxury Rubber characteristics: the Luxury Rubber is an open-cell rubber foam (density 0,3gr cm3), available as sheets measuring about 120cmx70cm and 2mm thick (the thickness might be increased upon request, but cannot be reduced). To date the available colours are 4 (black, tobacco, cream, brick) but you may suggest other colours as well. The Luxury Rubber is a waterproof material.

Processing technologies: the Luxury Rubber can undergo several processes: cutting – which must be sharp (with dies), gluing, sewing – with wide stitches using an “R” needle (no monothreads or monofilaments) – and thermoforming. No surface working is required, but it may be requested at your discretion.

Target: your ideas and concepts shall be focused on a B2C market, taking into consideration segments coherent with the Vibram heritage.

Your projects should take into account the values of the Vibram brand, conveying the values of innovation, attention for the best quality, consumer oriented approach, performance and durability of the products.

Upload all the images that better present your projects (rendering, descriptions, CAD files, etc.) and, if necessary, remember that you can also attach a .zip archive containing extra materials. Don’t forget about the abstract and description to give further info about your projects.

You can submit as many entries as you like.

The winner wiil be announced by the end of June 2017.

There is no entry fee for this competition!

Participation is free of charge and open to designers and creative talents of any nationality aged 18 years or older. Participants can present one or more projects, but only the projects published on the www.desall.com web site, via the upload page related to “Vibram Rubber Skin Attitude” will be accepted.


1st: €4000
The selection of the winner by Vibram will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency with the brief presented.

For the duration of the option right, the Sponsor offers an extra chance to all participants setting a price of Euro 2,000.00 (two-thousand/00) for the purchase of the license for the economical exploitation of the projects not-acknowledged as the winning proposals.

For all further informations about competition Vibram Rubber Skin Attitude you can visit the following official website:


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