The Furnex exhibition in Cairo was created 10 years ago with the objective of promoting furniture made in Egypt worldwide. In 2017, the Furnex layout was designed by art director Giulio Cappellini, who created exhibition elements paying tribute both to the icons of contemporary design and to replicas of pieces from the millenary Egyptian tradition. One of the attractions of this edition, which hosted more than two hundred exhibitors, was the competition for young Egyptian designers. 16 of the designs entered were selected by a jury composed of Ahmed Helmy, head of the association of Egyptian furniture industrialists, Carola Bestetti, marketing and communication manager of Living Divani, Giulio Cappellini art director of Cappellini, Donatella Bollani deputy editor of Domus, Luca Fois, lecturer at Milan Polytechnic University, Marta Meda architect and stylist, Sherif Abdel Hady, who has worked with many Egyptian furniture companies and Cristina Morozzi, brand ambassador of Istituto Marangoni. The jury unanimously selected Magaz as the winning design, a portable LED lamp, designed by Amr el Halaby and Mostafa Magdy who won a stay in Milan during the Salone del mobile. The second prize was awarded to Sandool by Mohamed Lofty and Mai Hossam, a stool with a seat created by printing recycled materials; the third prize was won by Mohanad Bilal and Hossam Abozeid for their wooden bookcase “House of Pigeons” which combines a contemporary design with a traditional image. Last but not least, a mention of honour went to Abdallah Ragab for his architectural coffee table.