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Submission deadline: midnight, 2 June 2019

Van Cleef & Arpels and Tashkeel are calling emerging designers living within the: UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, to submit design proposals for the 6th edition of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2019 in response to the given theme of 'Cyclical’.

Since the beginning of time, the history of human achievement has been marked by cyclical journeys. The way we think, grow, renew and reinvent are conditioned by cyclical patterns of play, experimentation and discovery. Similarly, the life cycle of the natural environment allows flora, fauna and species to adapt, survive and above all thrive by continually evolving from one generation to the next.

This year’s prize wishes to explore the essence of the cyclical state that is integral to life itself. It can be defined as patterns of accumulated instances that repeat themselves regularly in the same order or in a regularly repeated period of time. At the very heart of this motion is a spirit of playfulness combined with a sense of fragility that leads to fortuitous (almost serendipitous) moments of evolution. It is truly incredible how such a delicate pattern of seemingly repetitive movements can be the key to sparking the change that our very existence depends on.

From the to-and-fro, the fusion of colour and form, the merging of states - everything comes down to the movement of opposites the clash of some and the fusion of others. In short, the reliance of one upon the other to initiate chain reactions that open us to a world of infinite possibilities.

Tashkeel and Van Cleef & Arpels invite designers to submit a project that celebrates the theme ‘Cyclical’ and explores ideas in sculptural works that reflect and depict this subject through various mediums and outcomes (for example; materials, function, form or user experience).

Application Form Download

A completed application form together with digital files should be emailed to [email protected] (Subject: VAN CLEEF & ARPELS DESIGNER PRIZE 2019, name of designer).

Application forms and images must be submitted no later than midnight 2 June 2019.


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