Dubai’s first design gallery- traffic have launched a new regional design competition which is open to designers of Middle Eastern origin and designers residing in the Middle East. Founder Rami Farook has roped in rock stars of design world such as Karim Rashid, Konstantin Grcic and Dubai’s super talented architect Khalid Al Najjar, founder of DXB Lab architecture firm, as the jury panel.
The competition is divided into three categories: Decorative object; Lounge Chair; interior design of a design retail space for which winning entries will receive cash prizes worth USD 2,000; USD 3,000 and USD 4,000 respectively. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
Innovation; Aesthetic/design quality; Functionality; Ergonomics; Ecological compatibility; Commerciality; Durability; Symbolic and emotional content; Manufacturabilty and Cultural relevance.
The design competition officially launches December 1 2007, and first round entries will be accepted until March 09 2008. Applicants will need to submit the following:
Completed and signed Application Form scanned in pdf format
Up to 3 pdfs including at least one glamor shot
Up to 3 pages of explanations on design / concept.
1 Head-shot of applicant.
First round submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The jury will then select 10 of the entries to be further developed by the applicants including the creation of prototypes. The prototypes and detailed technical drawings including material samples will then need to be submitted before April 31 2008. Nominees will need to submit the following:
1 prototype (no smaller than 0.5mx0.5m and no bigger than 2mxm)
Final round submissions will be accepted at the following locations:
traffic, Al Barsha, Dubai, near Mall of the Emirates – map online at www.viatraffic.org;
9714 offices, next to The Third Line gallery in Al Quoz, Dubai;
9714, PO Box 73617, Dubai, UAE, t +971.4.340.20.90.
The jury will then meet to deliberate and choose the final winners between May 01 and June 09. Winners will then be notified and an awards event will be held at traffic in June 2008.
All designers (professional or otherwise) residing in the Middle East (defined as: Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Iran and Libya) or of Middle Eastern origin are entitled to enter. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
You could be the next rock star of the design world!