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Nine design competitions and contests to note this fall
Aug 19, 2013

The design industry is teeming with competitions and contests as various companies call for entries for the best of everything from lighting vignettes to rug designs to a social media battle. Below is a look at some ongoing contests into which you may want to throw your hat.

Last contest winner Bronwyn Poole, Touch Interiors
Schumacher invites designers to submit their favorite projects featuring Schumacher wallcoverings for a chance to receive a $500 credit on their next order. The Show Off Your Schumacher Wallcoverings contest winner as well as three top finalists will be featured on the Schumacher blog. To enter, email images of your installation (no larger than 5MB total), a brief description of your project, inspiration behind your Schumacher selection, your contact information and a recent headshot. The deadline for submission is October 1.
The Dwell Vision Award, which celebrates design innovation and skill, is now open for entries and will reward one winner for their excellence in modern design. Entries must consist of projects completed between 2012 and today that are technically and artistically ground breaking, and that show a new method, material or concept that is pushing modern design forward. Submit a project description or statement between 250-350 words that encapsulates your original design elements and methodology along with three or more images. Three finalists will be featured on dwell.com and be flown to New York for an awards celebration where the winner will be announced. The deadline for submission is September 15.
The Design Exchange (DX) has launched a national initiative that seeks to provide a platform for up-and-coming Canadian designers. The inagural Emerging Designer Competition is open to all Canadian designers of all disciplines (interior design, architecture, industrial design, fashion, digital media, interactive design and more) who have worked a maximum of five years. The winning designer will receive a monetary prize of $10,000, and an exclusive opportunity to exhibit his/her work in an exhibition at the Design Exchange in January 2014. The deadline for submissions is September 30.

Last week's winner, Christian Soria
Pantone's summer-long “Capsure Your Inspiration” contest invites creatives and color lovers to capture their color inspiration in smartphone photos and share them on Instagram and Twitter. Each Monday on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, Pantone will announce the beginning of a new contest. All you have to do to enter is—1. Snap a smartphone photo of something that inspires you; 2. Tag your photo #ColorInspires; 3. Call out the color you love, either by matching it to a Pantone Color (e.g., "PANTONE 136C") or simply by stating a color you love in the photo (e.g., "Yellow makes me happy!"); 4. Upload your photo and text to Instagram or Twitter. Everyone who shares will be eligible to win valuable Pantone merchandise, including two Capsure Bluetooth color capture and matching devices.
Alessi is calling for submissions for Alessi in Love, a metaproject in search of new inspirations, new directions, and new ways of interacting with a love gift, given to celebrate a special moment or to declare your feelings to a loved one. The creative process will involve designers and emergent talents from all over the world through the online contest. Projects will be selected and evaluated by a jury headed by Alberto Alessi. The winners will attend an exclusive three-day workshop, led by Laura Polinoro, to get involved in the development of a new Alessi collection, supported by a team of experts and using the latest technologies of real time prototyping. The deadline for entries is October 7.
The Design Council has launched a national early years Challenge, offering people grants of up to 180,000 Euros to turn their bright ideas into reality. The aim of this challenge is to kick-start new products, services or environments that will radically improve the health and wellbeing of young children living in Southwark and Lambeth. The search for ideas, called the Knee High Design Challenge, is run by Design Council in collaboration with Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, who are the sole funder of the program, and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth. The closing date for entries is September 30 with shortlisted entries to be notified by October 10.

Entry: Stereoscopic City by John Fox
MINI space has launched a photography and design competition, looking for fiery creative spirits who see the world in its most full-spectrum glory. Capture the vibrancy of your city's brightest nighttime neon, a radiant tangle of low-hanging bulbs, or a glowing streak of cars driving by. Go natural and catch the brilliance of an early morning sunrise. Or find illumination in the bright lustre of downtown lights. The deadline for submissions is October 14.
Feizy Rugs has kicked off its second annual "DIY—Design It Yourself" contest allowing designers and creative thinkers to imagine and design a rug that's all their own. Contestants may submit a maximum of two entries per person. Feizy will post the submissions to the company's Facebook and Pinterest pages and will consider fan favorites when choosing winners. Contestants can register via the Feizy Rugs Facebook page and submit their entries via email. Entries will be accepted through noon on September 2. The first prize is $1,000; second is $500 and third is $250. Winners will be announced on Feizy's Facebook and Twitter pages Sept. 6.
The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter announces its sixth biennial ideas competition, “Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm.” This competition seeks to supplement the ongoing feasibility study for the railway’s transformation by proposing ways the future park can be activated in addition to recreation and leisure. With emphasis on the park’s access points the competition brief provides an opportunity to speculate about programming and design to extend street activity onto the railway. Prizes include: ENYA Prize - $5,000; 2nd Prize - $2,500; 3rd Prize -$1,000; and Student Prize - $1,000. All those interested are invited to attend the competition launch party on August 22 at 6:30 p.m., at the Center for Architecture, with comments by Adrian Benepe (Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land) and Frank Lupo, FAIA (Steering Committee Member, Friends of the QueensWay).

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