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Trieste Contemporanea 2012 – 10th International Design Contest

The Trieste Contemporanea Committee publishes the tenth edition of the International Design Competition with the aim of showcasing the most original design offerings from the countries of Central Eastern Europe.

The Competition is aimed at building a large memory atlas dedicated to the anonymous design of the countries of Central Eastern Europe.

Aside from the three main prizes, the jury will select a number of works which will be shown in an exhibition in Trieste and published in the online catalog provided.

Identifying Objects from the Collective Memory, Demonstrating Design Skill

The aim is to build a large memory atlas dedicated to the anonymous design of the countries of Central Eastern Europe, therefore in this year’s competition, participants are asked to identify an object from the collective memory, which demonstrates design skill, it can be simple or complex as long as it is meaningful. The object could be a household tool or alternatively professional equipment or small objects for building.

Once the participants have singled out their object they must photograph it on a white backdrop, outline in writing a brief history, comment on the motivations behind the choice and then proceed onto a reuse and redefinition project, which could take shape in a ready-made project or simply a change of function.

The competition is open to all designers born in CEI Member States (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine) as well as Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey. The potential groups should only comprise participants born in the countries listed above.

The jury will select a number of works which will be shown in an exhibition in Trieste and published in the online catalog provided. Also, the following prizes will be awarded.

  • BEBA PRIZE for the youngest designer among those selected: 1000 Euros.
  • CEI PRIZE for the best designer from one of the CEI countries not an EU member: 3000 Euros
  • GILLO DORFLES PRIZE – TRIESTE CONTEMPORANEA DESIGN 2012 for the best project: 4000 Euros

The award ceremony will take place in Trieste at the opening of the scheduled final exhibition. The winning designers will be invited to collect their prize in Trieste with expenses covered by the organizing Committee.

Prospective participants should register using the online form on the official website.