Nothing gets the creative muses up-and-at-'em quite like the scent of competition. Design companies and organizations often dangle enticing prizes in hopes of inspiring and discovering the latest and greatest talent and ideas. In this month’s roundup, The Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), Andrew Martin, Tile of Spain, Dwell, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Red Dot, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages and Gardens) and Cosentino are looking for design ideas, some even offering prizes like a booth at ICFF in New York and an all-expenses-paid trip to Spain.
The Southeast Chapter of the ICAA has announced the opening of the ninth-annual Shutze Awards Design Competition, which recognizes excellence in classical and traditional design. The awards are named for Philip Trammell Shutze, the Atlanta architect revered internationally as one of the 20th century's most devoted classicists. The awards will recognize designers who share Trammell's classical interest. Deadline to enter is Thursday, Dec. 18. Submissions questions should be directed to the Chapter Coordinator.
Past Andrew Martin Design Awards winning projects
Designers are invited to submit their interiors projects for the 2015 Andrew Martin Design Awards. The contest is open to designers who have worked on residential and commercial projects worldwide. Submissions can be made online or be dropped off in any Andrew Martin showroom. Deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 22.
Tile of Spain is now accepting entries for the 2015 Passport to Creativity contest. The contest gives architects and interior designers an opportunity to enter to win a free trip to Spain. Winners will participate in a February architectural excursion where they will earn four CEU credits and get a chance to visit Cevisama 2015, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishing Show in Valencia, Spain. To enter, designers must fill out the form online and upload photos of their work. The deadline to do so is Sunday, Jan. 4.
Dwell "Your Rooms We Love" space
In March, Dwell will unveil its first-ever special issue using readers’ own images—the modern world as seen through Dwell readers’ lenses. The media company has announced an open call for submissions for its upcoming 168-page issue called “Your Rooms We Love.” Interested readers can upload their digital images and the very best will be selected by a Dwell jury to appear in print. The deadline to submit is Thursday, Jan. 15.
The IIDA has opened the 10th-annual Student Design Competition, which rewards projects demonstrating innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact. This year, the competition invites students to evolve the concept of the open office to offer employees a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration and productivity. The competition is open to students around the world who are currently enrolled in an interior design program, and participants can enter individually or as a team (maximum five people). The deadline for submitting projects is Friday, Jan. 16. Winners will be announced in the February 2015 issue of Quad and featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website.
Up to 12 emerging design professionals have a chance to showcase their work at the 27th-annual ICFF in New York this May, where thousands of manufacturers, retailers and media folk come together to see what's next for the design world. Now in its 10th year, the ICFF Studio, a collaboration between Bernhardt Design and ICFF, is a juried design competition meant to encourage undiscovered designers to submit prototypes for consideration by established industry professionals. To enter the competition, a designer must have a working prototype that is not in commercial production. Entries are judged on design aesthetics, ability to be economically mass-produced, marketability and commercial viability. Selected winners will receive a space on the ICFF show floor created by New York-based design studio. More information and an application may be found online. The deadline for entries is Saturday, Jan. 31.
Submissions for the Red Dot Award for product design are now open for 2015 consideration. At the Red Dot Gala on June 29, winners of the top individual award, the Red Dot: Best of the Best, will be honored in the Aalto Theater in Essen, and all award-winners will be celebrated, photographed and interviewed during the Designers’ Night after-show party. At the same time, the four-week winners’ exhibition “Design on Stage—Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015,” will open in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. The exhibition presents new, award-winning design achievements to tens of thousands of visitors—all inside the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, a UNESCO world heritage site. For more information on how to register a product, click here. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Past CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards winners
CTC&G invites all professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape design, kitchen design, bath design, interior design and product design to submit their outstanding projects to the 2015 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards. Winners will be honored at the Greenwich Country Club and featured in the July/August issue of CTC&G. The deadline to submit entries online is Saturday, March 7.
Cosentino has opened the call for submissions for its ninth International Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC), open to architecture and design students. This year, students participating in the Cosentino Design Challenge design category “Cosentino and Celebration” are tasked with designing something that plays with the relationship between space, the observer and the Cosentino materials. In the architecture category, “Playground: Fun with Surfaces” submissions should focus on spaces intended for recreation and leisure, using any Cosentino materials in imaginative and experimental applications. The contest is open to all students enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year, studying design or architecture at any college or university around the world. All entries require conceptual drawings and plans, and a report explaining the design solution. The Cosentino Design Challenge will award 1,000 euros each to the top three submissions in both categories. In the United States, winning designs from any student members of ASID chapters are eligible for an additional $1,000 cash prize and a trip to Cosentino’s headquarters in Spain. The deadline to enter is Monday, June 1.'
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