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Mercedes Benz Design Award 2017

The Mercedes-Benz Design Award is a celebration of excellence in design form and function. Now in its fourth year, the award seeks to uncover new Australian design talent and help kickstart their career. The winning design will be manufactured by one of Australia’s leading local designers.

This year the Mercedes-Benz Design Award is calling for design entries that enhance the lounge space – with an emphasis on sustainability. Designs for all product ranges are welcome, from coffee tables and lamps, to entertainment units and footrests.

From four finalists, one winning designer will have their design manufactured and sold by design retailer Cult, along with mentorship from Cult co-founder and director Richard Munao; Mercedes-Benz product manager André Dutkowski; Foolscap Studio founder and director Adele Winteridge; and winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award, Tom Fereday. The winner will also receive a new Mercedes-Benz for an extended loan.

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The Brief

We’re looking for something that enhance the lounge space, with an emphasis on sustainability. Designs for all product ranges are welcome, from coffee tables and lamps, to entertainment units and footrests. The Mercedes-Benz Design Award is a platform to realise a great design concept and see it come to life.


 

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will consist of four design mentors and Broadsheet editorial director, Katya Wachtel. Judges will appraise entries on the following criteria:

  • Innovation, creative design and feasibility of concept.
  • The design should demonstrate both form and function.
  • The design should have a strong sustainability element.
  • It must be aesthetically beautiful and serve its purpose as a durable, long-lasting piece.
  • It should engage with its surroundings and add value to the living room experience.
  • It should address a particular need in this area.
  • The design must be able to be prototyped in four weeks.
  • The end product must retail for no more than $2000.

 

The Award

  • The winning design will be prototyped, manufactured and sold by design retailer Cult Design and added to the Cult Design range.
  • During the prototyping and testing phase, the winner will receive mentorship from design leaders Richard Munao from Cult; Mercedes-Benz product manager André Dutkowski; Foolscap Studio director Adele Winteridge, and 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award winner Tom Fereday.
  • The winner will receive a new Mercedes-Benz car to drive on extended loan in 2019.

Mentors

André Dutkowski is the senior manager for product management and strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars, based in Melbourne.

André Dutkowski
Mercedes-Benz

Richard Munao is the founder and director of Sydney-based design retailer Cult Design, which now has outlets and distributors across Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Munao
Cult Design Founder

Adele Winteridge is the founder and director of Foolscap Studio, an interior architecture and design practice with offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

Adele Winteridge
Interior Designer

Tom Fereday is a Sydney-based designer and winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award for his “SIA” chair.

Tom Fereday
Designer


How to Enter

  • Enter the Mercedes-Benz Design Award by submitting a clearly annotated drawing, sketch, 3D rendering or other visual representation of your design, along with a 100-word description.
  • Entries must be submitted digitally in a file no larger than 5MB and no longer than three pages.
  • Entries closed, finalists announced November.

 


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