2016 will be our 31st Annual Design Competition. Seeking the best innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware. Even if you think your idea is too prosaic, dull, unusual or "not good enough", we urge you to send it in and let us be the judge of that. You would be surprised at how many First Place award winners were shocked when they got the congratulatory call! They never thought they had a chance...
Entry is easy: Send us a clear write-up about your idea. A drawing is even better, and a model is best. Please send FedEx or Registered mail and show Attn: Design Competition on your label or airbill. Entries can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (PDF files only).
Deadline is the Tuesday after Labor day, September 6, 2016 and the judges meet and decide in December. First Place entries are awarded $1000, an engraved achievement trophy, and a royalty based on sales, with no limit to the number of First Place awards.
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Are there any restrictions for entry (i.e. age, profession, student or professional restrictions, etc)? No, there are no restrictions for entry. Everyone is allowed and encouraged to submit ideas.
Are international entries accepted? Yes, we accept entries from all over the world. Note local electrical standards may differ from your native country if applicable in your design.
Can I submit multiple ideas? Yes, you may send in multiple entries. Please submit entries separately for review.
Can I submit a video entry? Yes, you can send a video demonstration or explanation of your idea so long as it is accompanied by a PDF presentation.
Will I still own the rights to my design? Yes, you own rights to your design. But you license the design exclusively to us to make and distribute for 15 years. After 15 years we can continue to sell the part, and you can also arrange to have anyone else do the same, if you choose.
What are the terms for royalty payments? Royalties are paid annually. They are paid by March 31 for the prior year. Royalties are paid at the rate of 5% of what we sell the part for. They run for 15 years from the date of first sale. This is important because it often takes a year or more to bring the design through final design and manufacturing to be ready to sell. It is not uncommon for a winning design from 2011, for example, to not be ready to sell until 2012 or even 2013. For example, a 2011 winning design that has its first sale February 5, 2013, would run 15 years from February 5, 2013 -- until February 4, 2028.
It makes us proud to see how this Design Competition of ours has grown over the last three decades. With all the great entries of 2015, there were three that really stood out.
Curved Leg Designed by Jason Guidry, Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful accent piece with brilliant versatility. Easily transitions from a three to a four leg configuration to accommodate round or square table tops. Ideal for use with glass to showcase its shapely design and smooth contours.
Hinged Hook Designed by Andrew Sack, City, ST
Versatile hinged hook can be mounted on a wall for coats and hats, or under a shelf or table for purses and handbags. Back plate mounts to surface and hook swivels into position.
Desk Leg Designed by Stacy Tao, Miami, FL
Tao legs easily mount to the edge and underside of any table top, allowing you to turn any custom piece into a functional desk height work surface. Arched twin leg sets sold in pairs.
We will start planning development and production immediately. Stay tuned for announcements concerning availability on the winning entries. Congratulations to the winners and a huge thanks to all who entered. Keep those ideas coming for the 31st Anniversary Competition!