The Fondation D’Entreprise Hermès has recently launched the 2016 competition — themed: Play — for its Prix Émile Hermès international design award.
Professionals younger than 40 and Students in their final year of study, from any part of the world, are invited to enter individually or in teams of up to five people.
In the first phase of the competition, all selected finalists will receive funding from the Foundation to produce a prototype of their design. In the second phase, three winners will be selected and awarded a total of 90,000 Euro, of which 50,000 Euro are reserved for the 1st prize, 25,000 Euro for the 2nd prize and 15,000 Euro for the 3rd prize.
Submitted designs should clearly signal their target market for the particular aspect or type of ‘Play’ addressed – whether conceived for a specific age group, or readily accessible to children, teenagers and adults alike.
Designs may present completely new concepts; be inventive or experimental in their handling or approach. They may involve physical participation, movement or physiological activity.
The 2016 jury will examine the entries and assess the designs according to their quality of presentation, compliance with the competition’s theme and specifications, creativity, originality, innovation, aesthetic quality, as well as the quality of execution of the submitted prototypes.
The award ceremony will take place in June 2016, in Paris.
Since its creation in 2007, the Prix Émile Hermès has supported innovation and promoted talented young designers whose work will accompany our evolving society and lifestyles.