Monday, January 20th, 2014
A PASSAGE INTO DESIGN
"To break barriers, improve daily life, and to pave the road towards design!"
Throughout our day to day course of life, we continually accumulate the experiences that shape our way of life.
In this way, we create a routine based on experience, that becomes a comfortable cycle, and we try to live our lives without challenge.
But, have you ever questioned your daily routine? Looking back on your patterns, does the comfort hinder your path or does it help you achieve success?
Have you ever let loose these inhibitions? Allow your inner self to rebel a little bit and break through your restrictions!
All over the world, there are already more and more designers emerging and sharing their ideas. Through their designs, they are allowing their respective countries and even the whole world to enjoy more convenience, more comfort, and smart solutions to improve the quality of life.
Beijing International Design Week and Kikkerland Design have come together to host the 2014 China Design Challenge, looking to find the next batch of clever and nonconventional designers seeking to bring a little humor to Chinese design and break the monotony of daily life.
Kikkerland Design is currently one of the largest product design companies in the United States, with their designs being sold in shopping malls, museums, small boutiques, and more, across 100 different countries. Their design challenge was created and funded to encourage a global market for Chinese design, through international judging and guidance, global promotion, international investment and production, and royalties paid to the designer. The contest hopes to create a quality product with value as a product and as a design from start to finish.
The Design Challenge judging will take place through the course of Beijing International Design Week, with Kikkerland and various media outlets covering the progress and results. Sina, Sohu, and other major websites will conduct interviews.
In addition to the contest being a rare opportunity to showcase Chinese design, the final chosen designs, and their designers, will also receive the 2014 China Red Star Original Design Award. Nationally recognized, the award is one of the most prestigious design awards one can receive in China.
We have too many restrictions on our daily lives, so let’s come to expect more!
To the young designers who wish to break barriers, improve lives, and bring more thoughtfulness to our surroundings, come give the Chinese Design Challenge a try!
1. Design Categories
Product Design (Excluding Electronics)
- Gadgets & Tools
- Goods For Living
- Travel And Sports
- Children’s Products
- Kitchen & Bar
- Bathroom Products
- Storage Solutions
*This category will be produced by another brand, not Kikkerland Design.
2. Entry Participant Requirements
Designers, including design students, or design teams are permitted to enter.
A. January 15th to April 30th - Call for Entries
B. May to June – Review of work, announcement of finalists, and professional design workshop
C. June to July – Internet voting of designs
D. End of September, Beijing International Design Week – announcement of winning design pieces, gold medalist winner, special awards, and a exhibition of the finalists’ designs
E. November – Beginning of production for winning design pieces, international press release
F. May 2015 to June 2015 – Gold medalist winner, as well as all of the finalists will exhibit their work in New York Design Week 2015, promoting Chinese design internationally
4. Contest Rules
A. There is no entry fee
B. Each designer or design team can submit more than one entry
C. Submitted design work can be in any medium (concept sketches, renderings, completed models, etc)
E. Make sure to sign the agreement within the entry form
F. Entry forms and design submissions must be filled out according to the provided forms and template. Failure to properly submit your information may result in your entry being unaccounted for. Entries will only be accepted in the correct format.
G. Prior to the announcement of winners, the entered designs may not be submitted or licensed to any other third party
H: All finalist designs will be submitted as participants of the 2014 China Red Star Original Design Awards
A. Participating designers may not submit any work that is not original. Any copyright violations will be the responsibility of the participating designer.
B. All the information provided on the entry form must be true and correct.
C. Any submitted design works cannot be winning any other design events and exhibitions
D. Any violation of these rules will result in automatic disqualification
The Challenge Awards are divided into three categories: finalists, winners, and gold medalist winner.
A. All finalists will be eligible to participate in a professional designer workshop
B. All finalists will participate in Beijing International Design Week, be given official award certificates. All finalists will also participate in a Beijing International Design Week special exhibition, Red Star Award recognition, and international media exposure.
C. Award winning design pieces will be produced and sold in the international market, including within China. Award winning designs will also be showcased in the 2015 New York Design Week, with the contest organizers and Red Star Design Awards doing international press promotion.
D. Several award winning designers will receive royalties for their work.
E. The gold medalist will be recognized during 2015 New York Design Week
To showcase China’s modern design sensibility and creativity.
The product must be feasible as a commercial design product.
8. Contact Information
Contact: Miss Shi
Telephone: +86 10-84186684 / Mobile: +86 15321805299
Official Website: http://www.bjdw.org
Monday, October 28th, 2013
New Yorks Top-Design in Hartje Utrecht
Primeur in Nederland: het merendeel van de collectie cadeauartikelen van Kikkerland Design te koop in Strand West
Licht uit, zaklamp aan. Van 1 november tot en met 31 december is een deel van het Utrechtse woonwarenhuis Strand West volledig ingericht met ludieke cadeaus, gadgets en hebbedingen van het New Yorkse bedrijf Kikkerland. Nooit eerder was bijna de hele collectie van Kikkerland binnen direct handbereik van de Nederlandse eindconsument. Tijdens Halloween, op 31 oktober, zal de opening van deze zogenaamde pop up shop plaatsvinden. Strand West is voor de gelegenheid alleen verlicht met kaarsen; bezoekers vinden hun weg met behulp van een Kikkerland-zaklamp.
Top Design from New York in the Heart of Utrecht
For the first time in The Netherlands: gifts of Kikkerland Design for sale at Strand West
Light out, flashlights on. From November 1st to December 31st, part of the Utrecht Design Department Store Strand West, will be fully stocked with fun gifts, gadgets and thoughtful presents by New York company Kikkerland. Never before was such a large portion of the Kikkerland collection within easy reach of the Dutch consumer. The opening of this so-called Pop Up Shop will take place during Halloween night, October 31st. Strand West will only be lit up by candles for this special occasion; visitors can find their way using a Kikkerland flashlight.
Note to Press:
Press Opening: 17:00 – 19:00,
For more information & press inquiries with Kikkerland director Jan van der Lande:
PRESS ONLY, www.pressonly.nl, Anouk van Haaster firstname.lastname@example.org, 020-531 0831