Bristol Design Festival – Grafikea Competition

!Calling All Designers!

Fancy your chances as the next Damien Hirst? Or think that modern design is pants and you could do a much better job? Well now’s your chance to get creative and design a table as the Bristol Design Festival’s Grafikea Competition returns for a third year. The question is: how will you design yours?



Last year’s Grafikea Competition was a roaring success and got the whole of Bristol buzzing with ideas. Imagination ran wild and some of the mesmerising offerings included the ‘Infinity Table’, the fun ‘Table Football Table’ and, the winning design, a table designed as a quiet space to get away from the world, created by Claire Louise Barry.

This year the competition is even bigger, has an extra under 16s category and the cash prize has grown so… it’s time to get your thinking hats on!

“The Grafikea Competition has become my favourite part of the whole festival,” says Bristol Design Festival Director, Neil Ferguson, “It really seems to capture people’s imaginations and everyone who sees them always wants to do their own, myself included!”

While the competition attracts designers, it has been the entries from the average Bristolians that have been some of the most imaginative: “The winners of the competition range hugely in experience and age from 13-year-old school kids to 50-year-old professional designers,” adds Neil. But what makes a winning design? “It is hard to tell what will tickle the judges’ fancy on the day, but I personally like the ones that add extra functions or make me smile.”

This year’s competition also sees the return of the ‘Public Choice’ award, where visitors to the show get to vote for their favourite table via text. So if you think you have what it takes to win or simply want the general public to witness your design prowess, get creating!

There are just a few simple rules to follow…
Step 1: BUY A LACK SIDE TABLE
Available from IKEA for £7.99. Product number: 60104269. Any colour.
Step 2: ADD VALUE
Let your creativity run wild and modify the table.
Step 3: PRICE IT
How much do you think your creation is worth?
Step 4: SUBMIT ENTRY
Email the Design Festival with a picture, description and price of your table by 21/05/09 - grafikea@bristoldesignfestival.com
Step 5: EXHIBIT TABLE
Bring the table to the festival venue before opening.
Step 6: SELL IT
See if your table sells to visitors of the show and you keep the profit.
Step 7: WIN CASH PRIZES!!!
Judged by local designers and the general public, the top 3 will receive trophies and prizes.

www.bristoldesignfestival.com

Verity Gough

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One Response to “Bristol Design Festival – Grafikea Competition”

  1. dmk Says:

    Yeah. A great idea. Since I’m not part of the Team this year I’m gonna see if I can fit in the time to make one anyways!

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