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All dates shown are for the current calendar year. There are many competitions and deadlines, so take heed. Mark your calendars and get ready to design!
Design radically but sustainably! Design for disaster relief or an ex-military base! Remember, great design should be implemented everywhere!
After all, we are all on the same planet. Just click on the logos for more information and press for news about us.

 

April 8 - 13
Salone del Mobile

The Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark and mecca for furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, and office design.  The fair grounds are enormous, so plan well ahead before arriving, and always include a day for the satellite exhibits within the city, especially on via Tortona. They are the best!
  






April 6 - Deadline
 
Participate in Core77's exciting design contest! A fabulous line up of jurors and 17 categories to choose from make this competition tough! Our favorite one is the Design for Social Impact category. Good luck!







  

April 7 - 8    
Global Water Awards  

The 2014 Clean Water Summit's theme this year is "
Water For Growth", and reflects the importance of water not only for basic human needs, but also for economic expansion, facilitating growth through better operational practices and new technologies. The awards ceremony will recognize the achievements within the international water industry and takes place in beautiful Paris.



  



    

April 8 - 13
Public Design Festival

This outdoor international festival focuses on public spaces. How would you re-design a public space? What would you like to see? Well this event is *the* occasion to see proposed projects for living, interacting, and experimenting. Not to be missed, and only in Milan!
 








April 11 - Deadline Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced a call for proposals for its annual Fuller Challenge competition. This event is open to anyone who will take a "whole systems" approach at solving the world's most pressing social problems. We triple dare you to step up to this challenge. 
Prize: $100,000




April 18 - Deadline
Architect R+D Awards  
 

Submit your entry for this prestigious award. Although the awards are open to architects and designers of all disciplines, commercial products must be available in the USA at the time of entry. The winner will be announced in the July 2014 issue of ARCHITECT magazine.





          


April 22 - May 1 

Florence Design Week  
Billed as an "International Design Festival", this event is dedicated to design (in all its forms), and to art, as a means of communication and promotion of culture, along with local identity in a global vision. If you always dreamed of studying in this wonderful city, now is your chance! And even staying at a hotel like this makes for an incredible stay. What is there not to love about Florentine design?







April 30 - Deadline
Interieur Awards 
 

This Belgian design competition is a must for anyone seeking international exposure! The challenge? Create a new object that is relevant to the living environment and helps improve daily life. Nice things come in small packages. Although Belgium is a small country, it never disappoints. Take a quick tour of the event's host town of Kortrijk
Award:  2,500 Euros





    


            


Prix Emile Hermès
Design Ceremony

Forget the scarf! The French luxury goods maker sponsors a product design competition for young designers. 2014's competition theme "Time to Yourself" challenges designers to think about sustainability along with (shall we say) self-indulgence. The awards ceremony takes place in late May in Paris. So, plan your trip now!







  





April 30 - Deadline
International Design Awards

This 7th edition of design awards recognizes and celebrates smart, sustainable design across many disciplines. Think of it as the Oscars or Grammys for the architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion industries. Sustainability continues to be a big theme and innovation driver! Not to be missed!








  
 







Lifetime Opportunity!

Italy is the host country for the next non-trade international expo as governed by the French body - Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) - with 157 member countries. This 2015 event promises to be an opportunity of a lifetime with its sustainable development theme. Technological advances will be on display for the world to view, evaluate and adopt. Plan ahead and reserve your exhibition spot now!

 

Graffiti Initiative

Manila city officials, together with the World Wide Fund, are creating graffiti on walls with a special photocatalytic paint that removes air pollutants and toxins.  Watch the transformative process here to see how this new solution puts a new spin on graffiti art.







 


June 15 - Deadline
IDCA Awards

The International Design & Communication Awards assess communications, design and branding strategies within the arts and museum sphere. Open to cultural institutions across the world, the awards bring together the best international talent. Applications are open to museums and galleries, foundations, biennales, art centers and other visual arts organizations.





Your Street Challenge


This is a neat event sponsored by Design Indaba. Local designers in South Africa are asked to develop viable solutions to revivify any street in Gauteng. The theme says it all, "Owning, Loving, and Improving Your Street" to bring positive social change to communities. Click on the logo to see ongoing results.









  

August 7 - Deadline
James Dyson Award

The international design award celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The award is open to current and recent design engineering students. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to inspire young people about design engineering.