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2014 Prix Émile Hermès International Design Award

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès starts accepting submissions for its 2014 Prix Émile Hermès International Design Award competition on 1st September 2013 and invites young professional designers to join.

For its third annual competition — themed “Time to yourself” — the Fondation has chosen a theme reflecting our increasingly vital need for a moment of peace, some time out, a brief pause – a chance to escape the relentless activity, ideas and obligations of the super-highway of modern life.

Three (3) finalists will receive a total of 90,000 Euro, from which 50,000 Euro are reserved for the 1st prize!

Entrants are invited to submit designs for an object, machine, utensil, piece of furniture, architectural concept etc., carefully devised and formulated for a specific, practical function while at the same time proposing a formal, aesthetic concept of the highest quality. Each design should offer a lasting, sustainable alternative to existing everyday objects performing the functions stated in the competition’s theme : giving “time to yourself”. Multi-purpose, adaptable designs are also invited, incorporating uses and applications which may be discovered over the life the object.

Since its creation in 2007, the Prix Émile Hermès has supported innovative work by talented young designers, responding to society’s changing needs and lifestyles.