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Furniture Design Competition

  The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI), invites South African designers to participate in the 2019 Furniture Design Competition under the theme Contemporary Outdoor Furniture for Higher Learning Institutions.

Entries are open for the following categories:

  • Student categories, i.e. design students registered in South African educational institutions
  • Established furniture designers/manufacturers
The competition aims to nurture design capabilities in the country, raise the image of the local furniture manufacturing industry and introduce new products.

The theme for this year's competition is based around the central gardens of learning institutions, which not only offer space for learners to gather informally and relax, but also encourage discussion, present opportunities and bring ideas to life.

Designers are requested to create furniture for these gardens and outside spaces, pieces that inspire and encourage learners to interact, discuss ideas and learn from each other or simply to relax and gather their thoughts.

Your design should:

  • promote innovation
  • use wood as a significant component
  • be movable (i.e. not be attached to a wall)
  • appeal to the export market
  • promote the use of local inputs, e.g, wood, textiles, prints etc.
  • be developed with a target market in mind
  • have a neutral carbon footprint
The following must be submitted with your entry:
The entrants will be expected to submit the following to be considered:
  • A technical drawing of the product (design), including the final product dimensions and 3D drawings - your design must be 3D printable.
  • A description of the materials and inputs to be used in production (the use of local inputs is encouraged)
  • A description of the design, including concept and motivation
  • Brief copy of your CV
Prizes
  • One-year internship for the winning student
  • An opportunity for the winning manufacturer to exhibit at the Decorex JHB - 100% Design
  • Software prizes
  • Media exposure and profi ling of winners in relevant publications
  • Design tools
Guidelines to entry

  • Entries are open for the following categories:
    • Student, i.e. design students registered in South African educational institutions;
    • Development, i.e. qualified designers who are neither enrolled in the school system nor established
    • Established furniture designers/manufacturers
  • For entry form, entry details, terms and conditions of the competition, Contact the dti on 012 394 1260/1128, or FurnitureDesign@thedti.gov.za
Terms and conditions

the dti its partners reserve the right to refuse entry of products that are not eligible or do not comply with applicable entry criteria, or that might put the reputation of the competition in question.

  • Only new, original concepts (designs) are eligible to enter.
  • The competition is ONLY open to locally based manufacturers and students who are registered with South African academic institutions.
  • Designers or design teams may enter products.
  • The names of all individuals involved in the design must be disclosed.
  • If the design has been patented or registered as a design, a copy of the first page of all registration certificates must be submitted with the entry.
  • The entry form must be completed in full and all compulsory documents must be submitted before the closing date.
  • Entries that do not comply with these requirements will be disqualified.
  • the dti and its partners will not be held accountable for product performance or design originality.
  • The panel of adjudicators and the administrators of the competition undertake to handle all entries in the strictest confidence and not to disclose any information on entries to any other party. In the event of a product winning, the design may be made public to the media.
  • Although every reasonable precaution will be taken to ensure the safekeeping of products submitted, the dti and its partners cannot be liable for loss of or damage to any entry material.
  • The decision of the adjudicators is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering this competition and signing the disclaimer the entrant is agreeing to all abovementioned conditions of entry.
  • No registration fee is required for entry into the competition.
  • Product designs must be ready for production.
  • Designs must respond to people'fs changing needs and how they use their space, and promote the use of local inputs
  • Entrants may download an entry form online at www.thedti.gov.za or request a copy by e-mailing FurnitureDesign@thedti.gov.za. Completed entry form and all the compulsory information requested to address provided.
  • Multiple entries are possible, but each design needs to be entered with a separate entry form.
  • Entrants must submit the following compulsory information:
    • A technical drawing of the product (design), including the final product dimensions and 3D drawings . your design must be 3D printable
    • A description of the materials and inputs to be used in production (the use of local inputs is encouraged)
    • A description of the design, including concept and motivation
    • A brief copy of the CV of entrant(s)
  • Entry forms must be signed and submitted together with the compulsory information mentioned above to the following addresses:
    E-mail: FurnitureDesign@thedti.gov.za
    Hand delivery: Industrial Development Division - Furniture Sector Desk
       
Department of Trade and Industry
Furniture Sector Desk
Department of Trade and Industry
Building A
77 Meintjies Street
        Industrial Development Division
Furniture Sector Desk
Department of Trade and Industry
Private Bag X84
Pretoria

Adjudication Criteria

  • The adjudication criteria and weighting thereof is decided by the judges in line with the annualtheme and a scorecard will be used. The criteria focus on the following areas:
    • Concept behind the product
    • Functionality/usability
    • Degree of innovation
    • Ease of manufacturing
    • Commercial viability
  • Judges will comprise industry experts and designers from related fields.
  • Judging will take place in two phases:
    • Finalists will be announced on or before 11 October 2019 and invited to exhibit their pieces at an exhibition to take place in February/March 2020;
    • The winner will be announced at the exhibition.
  • Judges decision is final
Important dates

  • Entries open on 12 March 2019 and close on 31 August 2019
  • Finalists will be contacted telephonically and electronically
  • Finalists' products will be exhibited and winners announced in February/March 2020

Prizes

  • One-year internship for the winning student
  • One-year Proudly South African membership for the winning manufacturer
  • An opportunity for the winning manufacturer to exhibit at the 100% Design Expo
  • Software prizes
  • Media exposure and profiling of winners in relevant publications
  • Design tools
Entry Forms