VCA Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2017

by Design Days Dubai

VCA Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2017

Emergent designers resident in the Gulf Cooperation Council are asked to submit designs for purposeful or functional products that embody the theme of Growth.

Van Cleef & Arpels and Tashkeel in partnership with Design Days Dubai are calling to emerging designers from the GCC region to submit design proposals for the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2017 in response to the given theme of Growth.

The primary aim of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize is to support and nurture emerging talent across the GCC and create global awareness by highlighting the region’s best designs at Dubai Design Days. 



We are all on our personal journey of Growth, nurtured and shaped by education, experience and environment. The notion of growth is an inevitable aspect of our lives, both the physical growth we experience and which we observe through the natural world by which we are surrounded and the conscious growth which is the result of intellectual and/or spiritual enrichment. Attitudes to education and aspiration to grow.

Physical growth can be demonstrated over thousands of years as natural forms adapt to their surroundings, making physical structures more efficient. Whilst intellectual growth is constructed on both personal experience and the wisdom acquired from our ancestors, building on the knowledge of material, techniques and production evolved by previous generations. Designers exploit and manipulate this knowledge as they seek to develop new solutions that reflect the aesthetics of their culture, expressing their attitudes towards education and aspirations to grow, whilst serving the practical needs of the contemporary society.


Bearing in mind the transient nature of 21st century lifestyle/communities, designers are asked to submit designs for products that reflect growth, either their personal/professional/ educational growth or that of their immediate community 


Submitted proposals should take the form of contemporary functional products, including furniture, products or lighting. Please note that submissions in the form of designs for jewellery and/or watches will not be considered.


The call is only open to previously unrealised projects. Products can be proposed in any materials of the designer’s choosing but it must be possible for the proposal to be realized within the budget and the timescale of the prize. Applicants should submit suitable digital files (photographs of maquettes, renderings and/or sketches) of the proposed work together with any explanatory notes and clear indication of materials to be used.


The winner of the prize will receive a total budget of AED 30,000 to produce a refined prototype that will be unveiled in November 2017. The front-runner will also be awarded a five-day trip to Paris to attend courses led by the acclaimed Mains d’Or, master craftsmen in high jewelry creation, at the exclusive L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, an institute dedicated to accentuating the methods behind the world of jewelry creation and watchmaking. Ten finalists will be announced at Design Days Dubai 2017, and will also be granted AED 2,000 to showcase 3D prints of their work in November 2017; three semi-finalists will each receive AED 10,000 to produce mock-ups to be exhibited in November 2017 and the winner will receive an additional AED 20,000 to realise their product.



Submissions to The Middle East Emergent Designer Prize are being accepted now through to January 15th, 2017. A completed application form together with digital files should be emailed to (Subject: Van Cleef & Arpels Designer Prize 2017, name of designer).

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