First cab off the rank: the Locus team developed the directives. Designers were asked to create a piece of functional furniture that explores the potential of Green Seal while embodying the concepts of transformation and renewal — Science, meet Design. Each piece was to illustrate how we can create objects that reduce environmental impact and also emphasise personal expression and exploration of these issues.
The three major New Zealand design schools, Unitec, Massey University, and Victoria University, participated in the competition and included it as part of their curriculum. Green Seal material was supplied to these courses to allow the students to become familiar with the product properties, experiment with it, and ultimately produce a design.
Metaform 03 was also open for entry to the general design and architectural communities, which resulted in two exhibition categories: Student and Open/Professional.
Initial design proposals were judged, with successful proposals receiving the appropriate amount of Green Seal product to bring their design to life. The Locus team then pulled together an elite team of design-minded fellows to judge the final art pieces. The panel included designers Mark Pennington, Humphrey Ikin, and Pradeep Sharma, architect Pete Bossley, and Victoria design lecturer Tim Miller.