an international design contest
for young designers
at the Łódź Design Festival!

make me! 2021 new recruitment to he contest!
Submit your project from 01/12/2020 - 15/03/2021.

The international make me! competition is one of the most influential and innovative events in the field of product design in Europe and a key event of the Lodz Design Festival. The key purpose of the contest is to identify new trends, brave ideas and support those young people who are ready to compete and come up with interesting ideas. The finalists of previous editions emphasize the new opportunities opened to them: presence at additional exhibitions and mentions in publications. Consequently, they get better recognition and an easier start in the design community. The competition, which has been carried out since 2008, is addressed to designers, makers, students and graduates, especially from art and design disciplines. To all those that are impulsively triggered to design when noticing a need or problem. In make me! projects that experiment with material or seek new interpretations of existing functions are also awarded. Submitted works are evaluated  in two stages by a specially-selected jury with diversified interests. Thanks to the presentation of projects at the exhibition open to the public and contacts with experts, make me! can be a springboard for further professional development.

This year's prize pool in the competition is 60.000 PLN! (approx. 13.400 EUR)
make me! contest's special prize Sponsor:
INTERPRINT Polska

As many as 268 applications from 22 countries were submitted to the contest in 2020. After long and stormy deliberations, the jurors selected 22 projects that stood a chance to win the prizes from the total pool of ~EUR 14.500. During this year's edition, the international jury was composed of: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka (SofFU SWPS), Czesława Frejlich (Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków), Boaz Katz (Form Us With Love), Szymon Hanczar (Hanczar Studio), Luca Nichetto (Nichetto Studio), Agata Nowotny (among others, the Zasoby project), Mariusz Włodarczyk (Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź), Jerzy Porębski (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw), Maurizio Burrato (INTERPRINT Polska) and Michał Piernikowski (Łódź Design Festival).
The authors of the best projects received the Paradyż Awards, funded by the partner of the contest, Ceramika Paradyż. The total pool this year is ~EUR 14.500. After thoroughly acquainting themselves with the final projects, the jury awarded the following projects of this year’s edition:

The third PARADYŻ AWARD, the amount of ~EUR 2,232, was divided between three projects that received the same number of vote. The first one is “Anomals”, the design by Einav Ben-Asher (Israel) – it is a set of puppets consisting of five animals, each of which has a dominant feature illustrating a certain anomaly, thanks to which each becomes a tool that educates children and encourages acceptance and empathy. It is also “Ignis” by Tobias Trübenbacher (Germany), a special tool that converts heat into electricity and stores it in order to provide light and power whenever needed, helping to solve the problem of permanent and sustainable access to electricity, with is a global struggle. The third project is Helena Wierzbowska and Agnieszka Cieszanowska’s (Poland) "to the balcony!", namely a set of furniture and accessories, which was created in response to the needs of people living in the cities and having small balconies, people who value functionality and are open to modern stylistic solutions.
The second PARADYŻ AWARD, the amount ~EUR 4,460, went to Seok-hyeon Yoon (South Korea) for “Ott/Another paradigmatic ceramic” — an alternative way of glazing ceramics with the use of natural Korean resin in response to the glass components of the conventional glazing which impede recycling. When heated with high temperature in the furnace, „Ott” just evaporates. This allows for re-using fired and glazed clay in the production, which is not possible with the methods currently used.
The first PARADYŻ AWARD, the amount of ~EUR 6.700, was granted to Eléa Nouraud, James Dart and Lola Buades (France) from the “OnMateria” design collective. They won the first prize in the “make me! 2020” with the “The Green Box” project — a compostable set of cosmetic utensils for the hotel bathrooms, made of ecological agricultural waste, which, thanks to industrial composting, will be used to generate green energy after use.

A special award of ~EUR 1,115, funded by INTERPRINT Polska, went to Franceska Pievani and Alice Zantedeschi (Italy) from the Fili Pari startup for “The lightness of marble” — a project of a new textile material created with the use of powder waste formed during the processing of marble.

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