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Garden Unique 2015: Competition for Young Designers

Koelnmesse – the international trade fair and exhibition center – is organizing a design competition for “garden unique”, the premium area of spoga+gafa, and welcoming submissions that represent the theme of “Outdoor Living”.

Designers and design students who have graduated within the last three years are eligible to participate in the competition. Design teams are also invited to participate, though with some limitations.

Up to 15 young designers (individuals or groups) will be selected and invited to exhibit as part of the “garden unique” competition. During the trade fair there will be 3 winners selected and awarded by the Jury and 1 by the public.

The following product categories are permitted: outdoor furniture, accessories, products for shading, outdoor lighting, flooring for outdoor use, plant containers and grilling equipment.

The designers nominated to exhibit during the competition will be asked to submit their products for the exhibition (1:1 scale). The exhibition will take place in the garden unique area from 30 August to 1 September 2015. Before the trade fair starts, the up-and-coming designers will have the opportunity to present their work directly to the jury once set up for exhibition. There will be prize money for the winners: 3,000 Euro for first prize, 2,000 Euro for second prize and 1,000 Euro for third prize as well as the audience award.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, 30 August 2015 during the spoga+gafa event. The nominees (or a representative from the design team) must be present at the event from 29 August to 1 September 2015 (excluding day of arrival and departure) in order to participate in the jury presentation, press relations and the awards ceremony.

Koelnmesse will be providing the exhibition participants with appropriate financial and organizational assistance in relation to transport, travel and accommodation costs.