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Intelligent Furniture - training for Design, environment and new materials in SME's
Start date: Nov 1, 2009,

The main goals of the project are:- A. INCREASE FURNITURE SECTOR SME’S COMPETITIVENESS BY CREATION OF EFFICIENT STRATEGIES, PROCESSES AND CONTENTS FOR LIFE-LONG-LEARNING - B. CREATION OF INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND FORUMS FOR LOCAL AND TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKINGIn order to face the crisis of the furniture market, SME’s in the furniture sector need to focalize their products on specific markets and innovations: service design, new technologies, marketing image, innovative materials, Design for All (Universal Design) and customer oriented design. Specific product concepts are increasingly important and human resources in SME’s need to be trained to face new opportunities. The project develops and improves professional education methods and contents for designers, entrepreneurs and the staff of SME’s in the interior design and furniture sector. During the project training concepts and materials for specific training modules will be developed and tested in different local contexts. This will create new strategies, processes and contents for Life-Long-Learning. Our European partnership and network will create new best practices and innovative methods for training. The work will be based on an analysis of the starting point (already existing experiences) able to guarantee a high quality level. Expected results: NEW EDUCATION MODEL FOR MORE COMPETITIVE INTERIOR DESIGN AND FURNITURE SECTOR- New methods to respond to the increasing needs of the adult education and LLL in the industry- New abilities for creating sustainable service systems for SME’s to increase competitiveness- Creative processes for improving the skills of designers;- New customer oriented ideas, concepts and marketing strategies through training and networking- Developing methods and effective strategies for future oriented design and production process- New education methods, models and contents for interior design and furniture enterprises- More innovative services- Redesigning of furniture archetypes

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