Case Studies

These case studies illustrate how Alcoa is acting upon its commitment to sustainable development throughout the world. We are pleased with this progress, but look forward to achieving even more.

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(1) Mario Gagnon

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(2) Michel Morelli

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(3) Matthew Kennedy

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(4) Charles Godbout and Luc Plante

(5) Jean-François Jacques

2009 — Community

Aluminum Innovates at Home

Alcoa Canada launched a design competition on April 16 under the theme, Aluminum Innovates at Home. The goal was to foster the ecologically responsible use of aluminum while showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of Quebec’s industrial designers. The result?  Over 37 entries were received from leading Quebec design professionals – a level of participation rarely encountered in this type of competition! The panel of judges selected five finalists:
  • (1) Mario Gagnon, of Alto Design, for his aluminum utility board, which is designed to be placed at the entrance of a home, and can accommodate a variety of exterior and interior applications.
  • (2) Michel Morelli, of Morelli Designers, reinvented the beggar’s bench to showcase aluminum and incorporate a number of practical components.
  • (3) Matthew Kennedy, of MAKE™, presented the “Alume” lighting fixture, an elegant design piece that maximizes the intensity of the OLED lighting technology.
  • (4) Charles Godbout, of Topo Design, together with Luc Plante, created the innovative “Sesame” doors that complements every style of interior decor thanks to its primary component: aluminum.
  • (5) Jean-François Jacques, of Météore Design, introduced an aluminum folding seat that allows the user to put their shoes on or take them off in their entry hall without engaging in a balancing act.  Its integrated shoe rack makes it even more practical.
And the winners are: Charles Godbout and Luc Plante, designers of the “Sesame” doors. They will benefit from the services of Alcoa Innovation in the marketing of this innovative, practical and versatile product.