Luxury jewellery brand Van Cleef & Arpels is collaborating with Tashkeel for the sixth edition of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2019. The prize presents an opportunity for designers to showcase their work to a global audience with manufacturing and production support from the two leading organisations. The prize will be judged by members of Van Cleef & Arpels, Tashkeel, Hani Asfour, dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), and an established professional designer from the region.
This year’s theme, Cyclical, aims to inspire designers to develop functional design displaying a strong concept and practical purpose.
“Tashkeel is delighted to collaborate with Van Cleef & Arpels on the sixth edition of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize. This important initiative has played a vital role in the careers of emerging product designers and artists including Salem Al Mansoori, Vikram Divecha and Hamza Omari. Thanks to the strong commitment of Van Cleef & Arpels, the prize continues to shine a spotlight on the wealth of creativity and design talent thriving across this region.” said Lisa Ball-Lechgar, deputy director of Tashkeel.
This year's theme encourages designers to look towards nature and celebrate the cyclical patterns through conceptual interpretations of the process. The organisations are looking for work that incorporates unique perspectives on the cyclical aspects of life, time and nature, while enforcing the aspect of form and function.
Cultivating talent across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize intends to encourage and support designers to elevate their ideas to reality. The deadline for submission is June 2, 2019, and the winner of the prize will receive a production budget of AED30,000 as well as a seven-day trip to attend courses at the Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery school L’ECOLE, School of Jewellery Arts, in Paris; a school created to showcase the mechanisms behind the world of making jewelry and watchmaking.