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The awards programme will run alongside the Biennale Interieur 2016, a biannual event that takes place in Kortrijk, Belgium from 14 to 23 October 2016.
Awards are presented in two categories – Object and Spaces. In the Object category, designers are asked to create a product that will improve daily life. One Grand Prize-winning design will receive €2,500 (approximately £1,765) and be exhibited alongside 20 other successful designs at the show. Download the Objects briefing here.
The 20 winners will also be invited to a workshop in August 2016 to refine their prototypes and to create the scenography for the Interieur Awards exhibition at Biennale Interieur 2016.
In the spaces category, entrants are asked to design a cutting-edge bar and restaurant which will be realised at Biennale Interieur 2016. Five winners will each receive €10,000 (approximately £7,066) for production budget to realise their designs at the event and will be able to team up with supporting brands. Download the Spaces briefing here.
The Interieur Awards are judged by an international jury of design professionals, who will be announced in the coming weeks at the Biennale Interieur Facebook page.
The deadline for the Object category is 30 April 2016, while Spaces category entries must be submitted by 30 January 2016.
Last year's event was curated by British writer and editor Joseph Grima, who also took over a derelict school in Kortrijk to create a satellite exhibition that explored how perceptions of the home have changed over time.
At the main exhibition, concepts of five winning groups were realised, including Belgian designers Jasper Stevens and Karel Verstraeten who suspended a sheet of grey fabric to snake over and around long marble tables.
A second winning group created Gelato Meccanico – a concept based on handmade ice cream made on-site using old technologies where visitors were invited to make their own flavours.
Dezeen and Dezeen Jobs are media partners for the event, which takes place in Kortrijk, Belgium from 14 to 23 October 2016.
For more details and to register your entries visit the Interieur Awards website.
Read on for more information from the organisers:
Interieur Awards 2016 is now open for submissions.
In the run-up to the biannual Biennale Interieur which will take place in Kortrijk, Belgium from 14-23 October 2016, the Interieur Awards 2016 are now being launched. Designs can be submitted in two categories: Objects and Spaces.
Create a cutting-edge bar and restaurant concept for the Biennale Interieur 2016.
Deadline: 30 January 2016
The mission of the Spaces category is to create a cutting-edge bar and restaurant design with a strong food concept, which will be realised at the Biennale Interieur 2016. Five winners will each receive the €10,000 value of production budget to realise their designs at the event and will be able to team up with supporting brands.
Create a new object that is relevant to the living environment.
Deadline: 30 April 2016
Anyone who has designed an unpublished object that is not in production and that contributes to an improvement of our daily environment is welcome to take part in the Objects category. One grand prize-winning design will receive €2,500 and be exhibited alongside 20 other successful designs exhibited at the show. The 20 winners are invited to a special summer workshop in August 2016.
The Interieur Awards go beyond awarding prizes. Winning is the beginning: it guarantees the exhibition and realisation of your project. Both the five winning bar designs as well as the co-created To The Point exhibition with 20 winning objects were realised at the previous edition of the Biennale Interieur in 2014. This underlines the unique position of the Interieur Awards within the global design awards landscape.
The Interieur Awards are judged anonymously by an international jury of design professionals. The jury will be announced in the coming weeks at the Biennale Interieur Facebook page.
The Interieur Awards are open to anybody with interest and skills in product design, interior design and architecture, as an individual or a group. There are no geographical neither age limitations.
Taking part in the Interieur Awards brings numerous industry contacts and media visibility. Lucas Wegwerth is one of the winners of the Spaces category of the Interieur Awards 2014. His work is now getting presented internationally, amongst others at the renowned London-based Gallery Fumi.
Lukas comments "There were some really nice talks with journalists during the opening, who in my case took the time to check out my other, older projects as well. And in fact this was the start for a new exhibition, which brought new valuable contacts, pretty good sales and attention for my work."
During a week-long workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet with German designer Jörg Mennickheim, the winners of the objects category developed their prototypes and co-created the To The Point exhibition, one of the highlights at the Biennale Interiur 2014.