SIT Furniture Design Award Inaugural Year 2020

SIT Furniture Design Award™ exists to recognize, celebrate, and promote brilliant international Furniture Designers, Brands, Manufacturers, Emerging talents as well as Visionaries enhancing our daily life with innovation. SIT focuses on “Seat and Beyond”, rewarding strategic thinking and imagination which goes into making great equipment.

The prize is open to submissions on a global level, accepting entries from Designers and Emerging Talent from all around the world.

SIT Furniture Design Award has created a digital “Innovation Center” focusing every year on 3 topics to highlight invention, look at today’s challenges, and how to overcome them. The winner of the “Innovation Center” will receive a cash prize to realize a prototype or start the production.

Winners are selected by our esteemed jury of creative minds and leaders in the Industrial Designers world. They will receive the SIT trophy, a Digital brochure feathering their entry, be invited to the Bi-Annual winner reception as well as extensive publicity exposing their designs to a worldwide audience…and more benefits.

Who we are:

Farmani Group assembled SIT Furniture Design Award to bring more attention to the international furniture industry’s great contribution to our daily life. SIT Furniture Design Award is the sibling Award of LIT Lighting Design Award (LIT), International Design Awards (IDA), and European Product Design Awards ( ePDA) all focusing on Product Esthetic, Concepts & Enhancement.

The Farmani Group, established in 1985, is responsible for many successful awards around the globe. Farmani Group organizes the International Design Awards (IDA), Architecture Masterprize (AMP) DNA, Paris Design Awards, London International Creative Awards (LICC), Prix de la Photographie in Paris (PX3), and the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography, which has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious awards.

 


 

SIT FURNITURE DESIGN OF THE YEAR – PROFESSIONAL

The SIT Furniture Design of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of talented furniture designers who improve and perfect the quality of design, comfort, integration…  emitted by their designs.

The SIT Furniture Design of the Year Winner will receive the SIT Awards Trophy, a digital copy of the Annual SIT Catalogue featuring the Furniture Design, the winning product/furniture will be promoted in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide, receiving coverage on our website throughout the year, invited to the Bi-Annual SIT Winner event, and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges. Winners will also receive the certificate of achievement and winner’s seal to use online and in printed media.

 


 

SIT DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – PROFESSIONAL

The SIT Designer of the Year Award recognizes the people and practices striving towards excellence in furniture design implementation and application. The Conceptor, director, architect, engineer, interior designer, landscape architect, urban planner, etc., each creates a new space, atmosphere, and mood with their furniture. There would be no architectural, interior design, or landscape design achievements without the right furniture– which is the reason we want to recognize this essential part of the design process through SIT Awards.

The SIT Design of the Year Winner will receive the SIT Awards Trophy, a digital copy of the Annual SIT Catalogue featuring the Design, the winning design will be promoted in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide, receiving coverage on our website throughout the year, invited to the Bi-Annual SIT Winner event, and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges. Winners will also receive the certificate of achievement and winner’s seal to use online and in printed media.

 


 

DIGITAL INNOVATION CENTER WINNER – PROFESSIONAL

SIT Furniture Design Award has created a “Digital Innovation Center”, to be a unique blend of design and creativity thinking, Computational thinking, culture integrator, and sustainability’s maker.

The center is focusing every year on 3 topics to highlight inventions, look at today’s challenges, and how to overcome them. The yearly winner of the “Digital Innovation Center” professional will receive cash of US$4000 to realize a prototype or start the production.

For its inaugural launch, the digital innovation center will focus on:

  • Home office furniture: Combine living and working: While home-office is becoming the norm in some industries; SIT encourages designers to rethink the “Homeworking experience”. How to be more user-centric? How to integrate the home office in a limited personal space? Imagine the Seat & Desk of tomorrow? What are the new needs? … etc…
  • Technology integration: upgrade your furniture: What is the next technology integration in furniture design? Today’s integration of the “Internet of Things (IoT)” concept and services are growing exponentially. Let’s imagine, build, scale new innovative furniture’s and experiences improving our daily life.
  • Reuse and/or Recycle: give a second life: Recycle and reuse are the most effective ways to save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money. This theme has been created to present furniture helping sustain the environment for future generations. Envision a second life to materials/ furniture or allows the equipment to be used to their fullest extent.

SIT Furniture Design Award Jury panel will look deeply at the process to create the successful product/furniture that resonates with today’s users. It must be technologically feasible and successfully applicable to solve all kinds of innovation challenges and problems.

 


 

SIT EMERGING FURNITURE DESIGN OF THE YEAR – STUDENT

Students and young designers are also encouraged to apply, for a chance to be awarded the title of  SIT Emerging Furniture Design of the year. This prize is awarded to the student who has demonstrated devotion to elevating the art of product design in the furniture discipline.

You could receive the SIT trophy at an exclusive evening celebrating the winners, your work will be published in the Digital Annual SIT Catalog. The promotion of your work will be sent in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide and you will enjoy year-long coverage on the SIT Furniture Design Awards website. Winners will also receive the certificate of achievement and winner’s seal to use online and in printed media.

 


 

SIT EMERGING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR  – STUDENT

Students and young designers are encouraged to apply, for a chance to be awarded the title SIT Emerging  Designer of the Year. This prize is awarded to the student who has demonstrated devotion to elevating the art of Furniture Design.

 

You could receive the SIT trophy at an exclusive evening celebrating the winners, your work will be published in the Digital Annual SIT Catalog. The promotion of your work will be sent in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide and you will enjoy year-long coverage on the SIT Furniture Design Awards website. Winners will also receive the certificate of achievement and winner’s seal to use online and in printed media.

 


 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Entries can be submitted as conceptual designs, in progress, or as completed projects. The only restriction is that entries or completed projects must be no more than 5 years old. Submissions can be made as a Professional or as a Student.

Winners are chosen based on a single project – not for a body of work.

ELIGIBILITY

The SIT Furniture Design Awards competition is open to anyone aged 18+ residing anywhere in the world. Professional entries will be judged against other professionals and student entries against other students.

For more information please check the FAQ page.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The evaluation process for entries to the SIT Furniture Design Awards is based on various judging criteria that are constantly adapted to new technical, social, economic, space atmosphere, and ecological requirements. These criteria are not comprehensive and not all criteria are applicable to each product & design.  They simply provide an orientation framework and basis for judging, which is complemented by each individual juror’s expertise and socio-cultural background.

Each member of the Jury is passionately committed to providing a fair evaluation. Jury members are assigned categories based on their specific background and expertise. All projects are viewed and judged randomly and anonymously to ensure unbiased and fair judging.

The judging criteria include the following:

  • Innovation — does the product provide something new to the market or supplement/improve an existing product?
  • Aesthetics — form, shape, color, texture, finishing, the material used, etc.
  • Functionality — ease of use, safety, maintenance, etc.
  • Ergonomics — the product’s interaction with the user
  • Durability — the quality and longevity of the design
  • Impact — the benefit delivered to the user and/or society by the product
  • Utility — does the product meet the intended purpose and needs of the user?
  • Ecological compatibility — potential environmental and/or ecological impact
  • The reality of production — how realistic is it, technically and economically, to develop and market this product large-scale?
  • Emotional quotient — in addition to fulfilling its practical purpose, does the product create a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction?

SCORING BOARD

SIT Furniture Design Awards use a Scoring System between 10-100 points.

ENTRY FEES

  • Professional  US$220
    Same Product in additional categories at a 50% discount
  • Student US$110
    Same Product in additional categories at a 50% discount

No Further Fees: Unlike some other design awards and competitions, there are no further fees for winning the award and everything listed in the winner’s benefits will be provided free of charge.

DEADLINE: 

  • 20% Early Bird discount until September 14th, 2020
  • 10% Extended Early Bird discount until October 17th, 2020
  • Regular Deadline: December 5th, 2020
  • Final Deadline: January 15th, 202& (10% late fee apply) till closure on 31st of January 2021

 

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