Design an ‘interior design jewel’, inspired by the DNA of the Province of Limburg. That, in a nutshell, is the assignment for the 2016/2017 Cross-Border Design Contest. This year sees the first edition of the Cross-Border Design Contest for outstanding 3rd year students of internationally renowned design institutes. It is an initiative of Connect Limburg (the branding organisation of the Province of Limburg), Mosa, Leolux and Zuyd Maastricht Academy Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD).
Why and for whom?
The objective of the Cross-Border Design Contest is to offer a cross-border stage for internationally emerging talent in the art world in general and in the world of industrial and product design in particular. The contest also offers participants an opportunity to further develop their talents and to draw inspiration from like-minded fellow students in neighbouring countries. In addition, the project aims to promote Limburg both nationally and internationally as a dynamic cross-border region where tasteful design, creative entrepreneurship and innovation coalesce beautifully. Potential participants in the Cross-Border Design Contest are ambitious, talented third-year students of internationally renowned design institutes in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. and Switzerland. The institutes invited to select students to participate in this contest are Hochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Luca School of Arts/MAD (Hasselt and Genk), CSM Central Saint Martins (London), Koninklijke Academie voor schone Kunsten Antwerpen and, of course, Mafad Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Each institute may register between five and ten participants in the Cross-Border Design Contest.
The assignment
Design a pioneering ‘interior design jewel’; an object that exudes the quality and identity of Limburg as a ‘Little Europe’ with the allure of a jewel. This may be a piece of furniture, such as a settee or chair, a table or a dresser, but it could just as well be a ceramic tile, carpet, lamp or ornament. The choice is entirely the designer’s. A product or, object with the qualities and allure of a jewel. The design must be achievable and reproducible at a realistic price. As a guideline: Leolux maintain an approximate price of €1400 per seat (Recommended Retail Price). The cost of materials should therefore not exceed €350 per seat. The designer is completely free in the choice of materials.
Participating in this Cross-Border Design Contest is unique, for many reasons. The contest is only open to the very best of all third-year design students. Besides finding a tremendous amount of inspiration, participants are also able to meet like-minded people and spend a few wonderful days in Limburg. These elements alone make participating in the Contest interesting. On top of all that, the winner can look forward to a prize with the value of € 2,500 (for personal development, a study, equipment, etc.), eternal fame and exposure in various national and international journals and blogs.
Judging process
An expert jury will judge all entries based on the terms of reference (assignment criteria). All participants have until 28 February to work on their design. All items must be submitted to the organisation no later than 28 February, 17.00 p.m. The jury will announce the five nominations for the award on Friday 17 March. The ultimate winner will be announced on Thursday 30 March at Leolux in Venlo.