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ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23, 2020 - November 26, 2021
Valencia, Spain
The Andreu World International Design Contest has been held annually since 2001, which surely makes it one of the oldest in the world, and is unique in its specialty, the design of seats and tables. The figures accumulated in the editions that have been made until today are spectacular, with tens of thousands of participants from more than a hundred countries.  To compete, participants must present a sustainable seat and/or table design that meets all the specifications that Andreu World presents in the product briefing, solving its technical and formal problems in the terms indicated for its production in series. Website WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

THE BIOMIMICRY GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE

September 1, 2020 - September 1, 2021
United States
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge calls for design concepts addressing any issue(s) outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals. We know that the SDGs are vast and expand across many subject areas, but this diversity means there are also just as many solutions out there waiting to be discovered. Successful teams will define a concrete, well researched area of focus for their design efforts and apply the core concepts and methods of biomimicry in developing a solution. We are especially interested in projects that go beyond familiar approaches by identifying unique leverage points for change, removing barriers to the adoption and spread of existing solutions, and/or clearly demonstrating how biomimicry can lead to new, novel, or more effective solutions. Website
Category: Challenge

“HEART OF CYBERPUNK” 360° VR TOUR

October 26, 2020 - August 30, 2023
Hong Kong, China
#ddHK had worked with 10 local fashion and accessories designer units and many other creatives to use materials sourced in Sham Shui Po to create “Heart of Cyberpunk – Immersive Fashion Experience”. Inspired by the history of garment and electronic retail industry in the district, the exhibition pulled together fashion and multidisciplinary designs and arts to put on stage a genre-defying immersive fashion experience in 2020, the Year of Cyberpunk. Riding on cyberpunk culture which is inspired by the streetscape of Hong Kong, in particular Sham Shui Po, the exhibition created an original Sci-fi adventure story that envisaged the mystery of future human sustainable development to link up all elements. The main base of “Heart of Cyberpunk” and Cyborg Transformation Factory has now gone virtual and are just one click away, don’t miss it!  Website WDO Member: HKDC
Category: Design week, Exhibition, Festival

DIA 2021

January 20 - June 25
Hangzhou, China
Design Intelligence Award (DIA) is an international academic award in industrial design established in China, 2015. It is a platform for evaluation, promotion and communication of design, an accelerator bringing innovation to the industry and the future. There is no application fee to be charged, and the total bonus is as much as 5 million RMB. Website
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

LONDON INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMPETITION

February 1 - December 15
London, United Kingdom
Since starting out in 2006, the London International Creative Competition has been recognizing and rewarding the world’s most fresh and progressive creative talents. Our artists and designers are connected not by conventions, but by qualities. They work across a diverse range of formats, genres and industries, creating stunning and essential works of art in their respective fields. We’re not looking for anything done by-the-book. We’re looking for work that is as visual as it is vital. Website
Category: Awards

LIT LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS

February 9 - October 17
Selected by our jury of designers and leaders in the lighting, interior design, and architectural fields, the annual winners will receive the LIT trophy, extensive publicity showcasing their designs and products to an international audience, and more. Website
Category: Awards

GOLDREED INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AWARD 2021

March 1 - June 30
Xiongan, China
GIDA was established in 2019. It is an international design prize driven by globalization, specialization and market orientation, hosted by Xiongan Future Industrial Design Institute and undertaken by GIDA Committee. There is no application fee , and the total prize pool is 4.5million RMB. Website WDO Member: Xiongan Future Industrial Design Institute
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

EUROPEAN PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD

March 1 - June 30
The European Product Design Award™ recognizes the efforts of talented international product and industrial designers who aim to improve our daily lives with their practical, well-thought-out creations. ePDA shares their innovative and ground-breaking products with the world. Website
Category: Awards

DFA DESIGN FOR ASIA AWARDS 2021 – CALL FOR ENTRY

March 15 - June 18
Hong Kong, China
As the global pandemic reshapes every aspect of our lives, it greatly accelerated the trends of digitalisation as well as innovation across all industries; more human-centred solutions were generated by using the power of design thinking to help people from all walks of life adapt to the new normal. Submit your humanistic design projects to DFA Design for Asia Awards 2021! The Awards opens for global online submission until 18 June 2021. Save 50% on the entry fee by making their submissions on or before 30 April 2021 (Hong Kong Time). Website WDO Member: Hong Kong Design Center
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

SIT FURNITURE DESIGN AWARD

March 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022
SIT Furniture Design Award ™ was created as a way to celebrate and share the remarkable work of furniture designers and those who use furniture in their projects. Creativity, innovative vision, and accessibility in the furniture design community deserve to be applauded and shared widely, across the world. Website
Category: Awards

DESIGNERS INSTITUTE OF NEW ZEALAND BEST DESIGN AWARD

April 5 - July 2
Auckland, New Zealand
The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, digital and motion design along with three special awards - Value of Design, Public Good and Toitanga. Website
Category: Awards

BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN DE SAINT-ÉTIENNE

April 28 - August 22
Saint-Etienne, France
The twelfth edition of Biennale Internationale Design de Saint-Étienne explores the theme of bifurcation through six physical exhibitions. Bifurcating is defined by the event as "exploring other ways of doing things, other possibilities, collectively, soberly, whilst respecting life and lives and adapting to different contexts." The Biennale is also hosting Pedagogies, an exhibition that is co-curated by students and teachers of the Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design. It shows alternatives ways to develop individual and collective capacities for action.

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Category: Biennial

GOOD DESIGN SELECTION 2021

May 1 - June 30
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Application submissions for the Good Design (GD) Selection, a design award hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (Korea) and organized by the Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP), will be from May 1 until June 30. This award is one of the most prestigious design awards in Korea, which has been held annually since 1985. The winning products will be given the government-certified Good Design (GD) symbols in acknowledgment of their design excellence and exhibited at Design Korea Festival 2021. * Contact Information (E-mail) for further inquiries: gd@kidp.or.kr Website WDO Member: Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP)
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

DFA AWARDS | REVIEW THE DESIGN EXCELLENCE

May 6 - July 27
Hong Kong, China
Design excellence does contribute to the betterment of the design industry and the society! Learn more from the winner portfolios of three design trendsetters of DFA Lifetime Achievement Award, DFA Design Leadership Award, and DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer, and winning projects of DFA Design for Asia Awards, as well as awardees’ portfolios of DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award in recent two years at our Online Showcase now!   Website

WDO Member: HKDC
Category: Awards, Exhibition

TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

May 10 - August 10
Taipei, Taiwan
Over the years, Taipei City Government has been devoted to shaping Taipei into a city with design visions and has been continuously conveying to those with a passion for design and creativeness the urban branding of “Design Taipei; Dream Taipei.” Taipei City Government extends its invitation to designers from all over the world to join. . Website WDO Member: China Productivity Center
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

COMPETITION EURASIAN PRIZE 2021

May 11 - June 30
The Festival supports such an interesting project as COMPETITION EURASIAN PRIZE 2021, the largest in the Eurasian area. The mission of the EURASIAN PRIZE is to discover, encourage and promote of concepts and projects, that answer our Festival slogan: INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE FOR THE GOOD OF HUMANITY. The competitive program EURASIAN PRIZE brings together architects, city planners, designers from all over the world. Professional architects and designers as well as students of specialized educational institutions can participate in the Prize.

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Category: Competition

KOREA INSTITUTE OF DESIGN PROMOTION (KIDP) CALLING FOR COMPANIES TO JOIN ITS GLOBAL DESIGN INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

May 26 - June 30
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
The Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) is calling for companies interested in providing internship opportunities to young and competent Korean designers for this year’s Global Design Internship (GDI) Programme. Participating companies will be matched with Korean design interns who are financially supported by the Korean government and KIDP. The GDI Programme provides both on-site and virtual internship opportunities for the participating companies to choose from. We hope to have the opportunity to work with more design agencies and/or in-house design teams enthusiastic to provide internships. For those interested, please contact Ms. Nara SUH at designinternship@kidp.or.kr for more information Website WDO Member: Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP)
Category: Call for nominations

ALGERIAN-FRENCH DESIGN BIENNIAL DZIGN 2020

May 27 - June 27
Algiers, Algeria
DZIGN 2020+1 will be also be the occasion to show that design, which started out in the field of furniture and objects, has become today « a science of processes » at the service of men. It manifests itself through transversal interventions, touching all the fields of creation linked to spaces of urban community. Therefore, how can design reach the largest number ? Be a discipline with a very broad scope ? How can design adapt to local cultures and practices in order to make artworks, products, services or systems ? «REINVENTING THE CITY THROUGH DESIGN» is the focal point of this First edition, considering that the city as a territory and field of expression as large as it is diversified allows each creator to appropriate his or her mission as a « designer » to intervene at different scales of the living environment. DZIGN 2020+1 has been thought as a real journey through the city of Algiers, with a cycle of cinema dedicated to art and architecture, talks and lectures, open doors on schools of art and architecture, all evlving around 03 main exhibitions in 03 main venues : Extramuros, Intramuros and « photographing the city of tomorrow ». DZIGN 2020+1 is the first Algerian-French Design Biennial organised by the FRENCH INSTITUTE IN Algeria with FERIEL GASMI ISSIAKHEM as curator of this edition. It will bring together more than 60 designers. Website
Category: Biennial

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

May 31 - November 15
The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote exceptional design visionaries and discover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design worldwide. The Farmani Group founded the IDA as the design sibling of the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography. Website
Category: Awards

LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE

June 1 - June 27
London, United Kingdom
London Design Biennale is a global gathering of the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers, curators and design institutes. Es Devlin is Artistic Director and has chosen Resonance as the theme, which countries, cities and territories will respond to in their installations and presentations across Somerset House.

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Category: Bienale
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