Watch the online talk with previous winner Ranim Orouk and Tashkeel's Salim Ahmed and Lisa Ball-Lechgar to find out what it takes to enter. You’ll be taken through the submission process, introduced to this year’s theme ‘Biomimicry-Butterflies’ and learn from first-hand experience of a successful applicant.


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Continuing its longstanding commitment to nurturing talented and ambitious designers across the GCC, Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Tashkeel announces the 8th Edition of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize with the theme “Biomimicry – Butterflies”.

The call is open to all artists and designers living in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. Submissions must be original and entirely the work of the applicant. Submissions in the form of designs for jewellery and/or watches will not be considered. Upon completion of the winning manufactured final piece and after the press conference, the winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Van Cleef & Arpels L’ECOLE School of Jewellery Arts in Paris for a duration of one week.

The practice of Biomimicry takes inspiration from the strategies found in nature to solve complex challenges within human design. The goal of Biomimicry is to create products and processes — new ways of living — that solve some of the greatest design challenges sustainably and in solidarity with all life on earth. In its truest essence biomimicry is about valuing nature for what we can learn, not what we can extract or harvest. We can look to innovation by natural designs for making things more efficient. Many recent innovations have taken inspiration from nature with positive outcomes, creating flying machines, inspired by eagles and owls, along with enhancing the speed of trains, inspired by bird beaks. Biomimicry plays a key role in many fields, including transportation, landscape, architecture and medicine.

Combining the theme of biomimicry with the grace and sophistication of butterflies, an inspiration dear to the Maison, applicants are invited to demonstrate his/her unique take on elegance in motion. Designers may submit their product proposals by 18 June 2021 with the winner being revealed in November 2021.

Entries must be submitted by 10pm (GMT+4), Friday 18 June 2021 with the subject header (Subject: VAN CLEEF & ARPELS DESIGNER PRIZE 2021 – name of applicant) to [email protected]org. Files of 10MB or larger must be submitted via WeTransfer.com

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