Dezeen x Samsung QLED TV stand design competition – brief and rules

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Dezeen x Samsung QLED TV stand design competition – brief and rules

Who can enter?

The competition is free to enter, with professional designers, non-designers, students and teams invited to participate. Entries from individuals or teams of designers will be accepted.

All entrants must be over 18 and able to present their work to a panel of English-speaking judges.

Entrants will also need to be available from 26 August 2017 to 2 September 2017, as the five finalists will be invited by Samsung to electronics trade show IFA in Berlin. If contestants enter as a team, only one person will be invited to attend the judging.

Brief and judging criteria

Contestants are asked to rethink the dimension and shape of the Samsung QLED TV stand. Proposed designs can be either freestanding or table-mounted, and the use of innovative materials is encouraged.

Samsung is looking for outstanding designs, which show that a TV is no longer a technology item, but a lifestyle product. The brand would like entrants to have a particular lifestyle in mind and design their stand to match it. This could be minimal, eccentric or luxurious, for example.

Entrants should also consider the potential of Samsung's new translucent optical cable, Invisible Connection, when designing. It combines signals from multiple devices to eliminate the tangle of wires usually found behind televisions – meaning the TV could potentially be placed anywhere in a room.

Winners and prizes

There will be a total cash prize of €30,000: a top prize of €8,000 for the winning design, €3,000 for the other four finalists and €1,000 each for the 10 entrants that make it as far as the shortlist.

On top of this, contestants will have the chance to enter a separate agreement with Samsung over the rights to the design, which will otherwise remain with the designer.

Submissions guidelines and how to enter

Download the technical files and specifications to work on here. Entrants should only design the TV stand, as the mount, small cover and main cover are standardised. Please consider that the position of the mount is fixed and can't be changed.

Contestants will need to submit their entry via this form to include the information below.

› Name of your design, which will appear on all communication and media coverage
› Description of your design, including the concept, material and any relevant features (maximum 300 words)
› Description of the lifestyle idea behind your design, including the background and target audience (maximum 300 words)
› Explanation on your design's selling ideas, including how to produce it, how and where to sell it, and a retail price in euros (maximum 300 words)
› Link to WeTransfer or alternative file transfer provider containing three components (maximum 2GB):
1. Stand sketch on a white background (PDF or jpeg)
2. Images of the 3D sketch from four different angles (PDF or jpeg)
3. 3D render (STL, 3DM, 3DS, OBJ, STEP or SKP)

Click to download all the technical files

Closing date

All entries must be received by 23:59 GMT on 1 August 2017. Any entries received after this date will not be considered.

The shortlisted winners will be announced on 9 August 2017 and the finalists will be announced on 21 August 2017. The overall winner will be announced on 8 September 2017 on Dezeen.

Questions about the competition and all press enquiries should be emailed to samsungQLEDTV@dezeen.com.