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

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Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, juror of make me!

Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, juror of make me!

For 10 years, the make me! contest matured and gained importance. From the student event presenting carefully selected peculiarities, with the potential for a product, it turned into a competition for young professionals. It almost became the rule that the make me! award is the first in a series of many that winners receive, as happened in the case of Jan Lutyk, Jan Pfeifer or last year's winner Benno Brucksch. Also, the works of finalists are doing very well in important competitions, to mention even the rehabilitation jewelery of Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska. The make me! finalists and winners 10/5/3 years later are renowned and active designers, Bartosz Mucha, Beza project, Nikodem Szpunar, Alicja Patanowska, Marlene Huissoud. The Patron of the contest apparently shares this opinion, since he decided to raise the prize from 20,000 to 50,000 PLN. This is a great amount that allows you to stand on the feet of a young creator, implement a project or start up a studio. It is really worth trying out in such a competition that gives a real chance to start an adult design life.

 

Benno Brucksch, the winner of make me!

Benno Brucksch, the winner of make me!

At the university it is easy to develop and realize ideas. But sometimes the value of an idea only becomes conscious when you go public with it. Participation in make me! Competition for me was the first time that I left the sheltered walls of our university. It was a great pleasure to see my project in such a well-made exhibition alongside so many good projects. The competition allowed me an intensive exchange with designers from many different disciplines. The great interest and the award encouraged me to continue working on the project Erde Wachs Stift // Crayons out of Soil after the competition. As a result of the media attention after the award other exhibitions in Cologne, Halle and Eindhoven followed. And in addition to all these wonderful impressions, conversations and the following possibilities, I now count a crayon with earth from Lodz to my collection, as a reminder of a wonderful festival.

Benno Brucksch, the winner of make me!
Alicja Patanowska, the finalist of make me!

Alicja Patanowska, the finalist of make me!

About the growing reputation of the make me! contest I could see for myself personally as its finalist twice (2012 and 2014) Thanks to the care of the organizers and the professional jury from the national plebiscite for students make me! has become an important international competition for young designers. After the final in 2014, designed by me Plantation won several awards and went into production in less than half a year. Media and commercial interest so far has been stunning for me (I'm not exaggerating). Plantation has appeared in very prestigious design stores around the world, including: Merci in Paris, MoMA in New York, Barbican in London ... in China, Korea, Canada, Japan, etc. Contest make me! has become for me an unquestionable stimulus and a prestigious commitment to work on quality and the greatest care when placing your own product on the market.

 

Paweł Grobelny, juror of make me!

Paweł Grobelny, juror of make me!

It's worth participating in design contests, especially such as make me! It is not only a chance to win but also a chance to show your project to the wide audience of the Festival. The exhibition make me! has become one of the most important points of the Festival. Just finding yourself at the exhibition, in the final, can be treated as winning.

 

Paweł Grobelny, juror of make me!
Magdalena Kucharska, the finalist of make me!

Magdalena Kucharska, the finalist of make me!

The make me! contest is of course great! I think it is an amazing opportunity to present your work in a place that has attracted a lot of interesting people for years. The fact that designers can take part in the competition from various fields makes the work extremely diverse and surprising every time. There are no two similar projects, and the exhibition often presents works that would be difficult to appear alone.

 

Jan Pfeifer, the winner of make me!

Jan Pfeifer, the winner of make me!

make me! contest is a great opportunity to present your projects, meet interesting people and participate in very interesting workshops. I’m glad that my project City Instrument has been appreciated not only by the jury but also by exhibition visitors, who were able to test it. I received a lot of comments and warm support to continue my own work. The main award definitely allowed me to further develop the project and helped me to implement my other ideas.

Jan Pfeifer, the winner of make me!
Marlene Huissoud, the winner of make me!

Marlene Huissoud, the winner of make me!

It has been an honor for me to take part in the contest, surrounded by international designers, a fantastic jury and amazing design pieces. Winning the competition gave me an opportunity to exhibit my project in Poland (for the first time) and to invest in equipment for my studio in London. The competition gave me confidence to continue the project From Insects and to push my practice within the design and art fields. Thank you so much for having me!

Jan Lutyk, the winner of make me!

Jan Lutyk, the winner of make me!

For me, winning make me! contest set off a cascade of events and experiences -invitations to exhibitions, festivals, contacts with various interesting people who saw my project at the next show or on-line. In addition, huge psychological support and incentive to aim high. And, of course, a cash injection, which gives independence for some time, helps with the execution and implementation of next project or lets you have a very long vacation (whatever you like).

Jan Lutyk, the winner of make me!
Tomek Rygalik, juror of make me!

Tomek Rygalik, juror of make me!

You should take part inmake me! competition to give people a chance to learn about your talent.

Nikodem Szpunar and Kamila Niedzwiedzka, the winners of make me!

Nikodem Szpunar and Kamila Niedzwiedzka, the winners of make me!

Winning the competition has allowed us to visit some very inspiring places and strengthened our belief that we are on the right path. That’s why it is worth to take up a challenge and to face up to the evaluation of your work.

Nikodem Szpunar and Kamila Niedzwiedzka, the winners of make me!
Tomasz Pydo, the finalist of make me!

Tomasz Pydo, the finalist of make me!

A few days after the announcement of the contest results, the photo of the Wrappie lamp circulated the world and was published on design websites and blogs. The publication in Elle Decoration, which was one of the awards, introduced me to Polish readers and made my work more recognizable. After the publication, more magazines, showrooms and companies contacted me and proposed a co-operation.

Czesława Frejlich, juror of make me!

Czesława Frejlich, juror of make me!

We have a lot of competitions for young designers in the country. Usually these are commercial events, focused on organizers. make me! is a contest that promotes young designers through well-organized exhibition, which is visited by a large group of viewers. High award undoubtedly improves the financial condition of young designers starting a professional career.

Czesława Frejlich, juror of make me!
Daria Wypiór, the winner make me!

Daria Wypiór, the winner make me!

I have been following the Łódź Design Festival from the very beginning.  During each edition, many interesting, surprising and diverse works are presented. Thanks to the prize won in the make me! contest, year 2021 was amazing for me - full of wonderful new experiences. Winning made me believe in the quality of the project, which translated into more awards and taking part in many exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad, including the Dutch Design Week. The amount of the financial award also deserves recognition because it definitely makes the dreams of the actual implementation of this project more real. 

Agnieszka Cieszanowska, the finalist of make me!

Agnieszka Cieszanowska, the finalist of make me!

I’ve had the pleasure to participate in the make me! contest twice. The first time as a finalist, and then as a laureate. I was encouraged to take part in the contest by the names of the finalists of the previous editions, their popularity and prestige. The winners of the contest are now well-recognized designers. So we were even more pleased when we heard the news that our Holi project was selected for the make me! finals. Every year, during the contest, we can see projects of talented artists working in various areas of design, so this is why it is such a great honour to be a part of this group. What is more, thanks to the excellent organization, it was possible to get to know the winners of the previous editions better during many accompanying events. Our project, na balkon!, which was awarded in other contests as well, had its first success in this contest, and the fact of winning the prize also meant a great support and a chance for further development and success. Currently, as a freelancer, I can be proud of a group of clients who learnt about my existence thanks to make me!

Agnieszka Cieszanowska, the finalist of make me!
Hela Wierzbowska, the finalist of make me!

Hela Wierzbowska, the finalist of make me!

I recommend the make me! contest to all young designers. Taking part in the contest is an opportunity to take your project outside the safe zone of your university, and to confront it with other great projects. It is worth noting that all the works which get to the make me! finals are of a very high level. The prize Agnieszka and I got for our project na balkon! encouraged us to continue our work. The only thing I regret is the lack of opportunity of meeting the finalists of the contest during events which are organized under normal conditions for the winners. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, this was not possible.  

Marlena Norowska, the winner of make me!

Marlena Norowska, the winner of make me!

To be a laureate of make me! gives me a lot of motivation and encouragement. I believe that being appreciated by competent designers and the public goes a long way for a young creator. For me, taking part in the competition itself was a wonderful experience from start to finish, and the award has allowed me to further develop and explore. Thanks to the exhibition and publications, more people have learned about my project, and this gives opportunities for exciting collaborations! 

Marlena Norowska, the winner of make me!
Fili Pari, the finalists of make me!

Fili Pari, the finalists of make me!

We had the pleasure of entering the contest in 2020 and the honor of winning one of the prizes. 2020 was a very difficult year due to the global pandemic, but thanks to the competition we were able to show our project to an international panorama, both by exhibiting our products in Poland, and through digital and media visibility. We highly recommend taking part in the contest because it will be a great experience.

On Materia, the finalists of make me!

On Materia, the finalists of make me!

Make me! contest was a great experience. It was a real honour to get this amazing design price with a circular project like Green Box. It helped us to increase our visibility thanks to social media presence and their physical exhibition. Sadly we couldn’t go to Łódź due to Covid-19. A big thanks to the organization, they were very helpful and nice.

On Materia, the finalists of make me!