A product design competition has been launched to showcase the local design community, with the winning entry being auctioned off at the Festival of Interior Design (FoID) gala event.
The Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID), which is a group for professional interior designers in the Gulf region, has launched the competition open to members of the design industry and local community including individuals, groups or any design-based firms.
“APID is encouraging members of the local design community to put their thinking caps on, get their creative juices flowing and start coming up with a winning design concept for the first FoID product design competition,” said Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, president, APID.
Deadline for the first phase of the competition, which covers the submission of scaled drawings and rationale via email, will be on September 8, 2011, and 10 entries will be chosen and announced on September 15, 2011.
The deadline for the second phase, which covers the production and submission of the actual life-size product of a maximum size of two cubic metres, will be on October 16, 2011.
The best four products will be auctioned off at the FoID Gala Dinner on October 22, 2011, with the proceeds going to an as yet unannounced charity.
The competition requires the submission of a product design that is relevant to the interior design industry and fits one of three interior categories, which are: innovative interior finish, interior furniture and accessories.
During the judging and evaluation process, the judges will shortlist entries based on form, function and innovation.
The winner will receive a certificate, APID membership valid for one year and publicity through the support of APID, FoID, INDEX and industry publications.
Applicants need to be at least 18 years of age and a registration fee of AED 250 will be charged, which can be paid online or in person. Only one entry per individual or group will be allowed.
The competition is one of the many events that will take place during the inaugural FoID, which will run along with INDEX International Design Exhibition 2011 from October 22-25, 2011 across Dubai.