Prix Émile Hermès for Design 2016

Theme: PLAY

Deadline: November 16, 2015

For the fourth edition of its international prize for design, Hermès Foundation has chosen the theme “PLAY”. The president of the jury for year 2016 will be the French designer Matali Crasset.

Aiming to contribute to the development of culture in Lebanon, Galop Sal Company – the exclusive distributor of Hermès in Lebanon – took the initiative to raise awareness among the Lebanese creatives and invite them to participate in this prestigious competition, hoping to see them shine with their bright ideas.

Hermès Foundation supports those who learn, master, communicate and explore creative acts to build the world of today and invent the one of tomorrow. Guided by the common thread of knowledge and by the research for new uses, the Foundation works in two complementary areas: the know-how and creativity, and the know-how and communication. All Hermès Foundation projects, in their diversity, are based on one single conviction: our actions create us.
Since its creation in 2007 by Hermès Foundation, the Prix Émile Hermès has supported innovation and promoted talented young designers whose work will accompany our evolving society and lifestyles. For the fourth edition of the prize, Hermès Foundation has chosen a theme reflecting a distinctive, universal activity stimulating our senses and intellect alike: PLAY. Playing helps us understand and sharpen our imaginative processes. Through it, we experience the delights of political and social interaction, literature or romance. Above all, playing is a source of sophisticated or popular entertainment and simple fun. The history of play is the history of the wealth of experiences and memories they supply. But beyond its importance for society, playing is richly rewarding for the individual, too. Play helps us relate to our surroundings and the era we live in. Play is vital for the cultural and social construction of ourselves.

Participation rules:

The Prix Émile Hermès is open to individuals or teams under age of 40 by November 16, 2015, and pertaining to the following categories:
Professional graduates from schools of design, engineering, architecture, and visual or applied arts.
Non-graduate professionals with at least three years of proven experience in professional design.
Final-year students from schools of design, engineering, architecture, and visual or applied arts.
Participants may enter individually or in teams of up to five people. The prize is open to anyone, with no territorial restriction. The Prix Émile Hermès does not cover fashion or clothing fields and the presented designs should in no way echo or make reference to the house of Hermès (the parent organization of the Hermès Foundation), nor to its logo, brand colors or style specifications.

September 1, 2015 till November 16, 2015 at noon, Paris time.
Registration and projects’ submission via the website:
December 2015:
The jury meets to select the shortlist of finalists.
January 1, 2016 till March 31, 2016:
Production of prototypes for the shortlisted projects, financed by Hermès Foundation with the amount of 8000€.
May 2016:
The jury deliberation.
June 2016:
Award ceremony held in Paris.

The Prix Émile Hermès awards:
1st prize: 50.000€
2nd prize: 25.000€
3rd prize: 15.000€

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