Calling all designers! With $30,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, Designer Rugs wants to see your very best rug designs for its Evolve Awards. Entries open Thursday 14 March and workshops are kicking off across the region now.
March 13th, 2019
Designer Rugs is proud to announce its fourth iteration of the Evolve Awards. For the very first time, this year’s awards will extend its reach right out to Asia, which will invite a larger range of design professionals to take part in the competition. The winning rugs will form part of Designer Rugs Evolve Collection 2019, (formerly known as the ID Collection). The winners from both Evolve and Evolve Emerge will also have the chance to take home a prize pool worth over $30,000AUD including a trip to Milan, as well as their own personal rug design. What do you need to enter? To be eligible, entrants must be an architect, interior designer or interior decorator who are a permanent resident of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong or Indonesia.
For year’s Designer Rugs has been working closely with Australia’s top designers, architects and artists to collaborate and create innovative and eye-catching rug designs. Some of the top talent that the brand has created over the years includes Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur Design, Catherine Martin and indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle.
Entrants are invited to submit a maximum of three designs intended for a 200 x 300cm or 250cm diameter rug. The designs should be innovative, inspiring and original, suitable for residential and commercial interiors. This year, all applications will be made online evolve.designerrugs.com.au (all specifications can be found on this site).
The Evolve 2019 workshops will take place both in Australia and overseas, with senior designer Lia Pielli giving guests the direct opportunity to learn through her insights about how to design and create a commercially viable rug. Each workshop will be mediated by Local Designs creative director Emma Elizabeth, who also has a series of collections with Designer Rugs. And as an extra special treat, each city will also host a guest speaker – including some huge names to take inspiration from.
Brisbane Evolve Workshop
Wednesday 13th March 6-8pm
Guest speakers Easton Pearson Designer Rugs Showroom
Sydney Evolve Workshop
Thursday 14th March 6-8pm
Guest speaker Akira Isogawa Designer Rugs Showroom
Melbourne Evolve Workshop
Monday 18th March 6-8pm
Guest speakers Bernabeifreeman Designer Rugs Showroom
Auckland Evolve Workshop
Wednesday 20th March 5.30-7.30pm
Guest speaker Emma Elizabeth Designer Rugs Showroom
ENTRIES OPEN: 11th March 2019
ENTRIES CLOSE: 30th April 2019
FINALISTS SELECTED: Before 28th May 2019
EVENT AND WINNERS ANNOUNCED: October 2019
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