The DesignEuropa Awards is an industrial design and product design competition organised every two years by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) based in Alicante, Spain. The first DesignEuropa Awards' ceremony was organised in Milan, Italy in 2016. Any person, entity or institution of any nationality owning and managing a valid Registered Community Design (RCD) brought to the market can participate in the Awards in three categories. Manufacturers and designers can apply for the trophies with the winners being announced at a ceremony in a preselected city inside the European Union. The application period for DesignEuropa 2016 closed in July 2016. The DesignEuropa Awards 2016 received 279 applications from 27 EU member countries. The application and nomination period is now open for the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 until 15 May 2018. The DesignEuropa Awards 2018 ceremony will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 27 November 2018.
The Industry Award
This category is reserved for Registered Community Designs owned by companies which have more than 50 employees and over €10 million in turnover or €10 million balance sheet total.In 2016, this award was given to the Urban Glide stroller by Thule. The other finalists were the Pulcina espresso maker by Alessi, the Raval bicyle rack by Escofet 1886, and the XDiavel motorcycle by Ducati.
The Small and Emerging Companies Award
This category is reserved for Registered Community Designs owned by companies which comply with one of the following conditions:
- Have fewer than 50 employees and less than €10 million turnover or €10 million balance sheet total.
- Company was established after 1 January 2014, regardless of its size.
In 2016, this award was given to the Flap sound-absorbing panel by Caimi Brevetti. The other finalists were the Aria lamp by Slamp, the IDO bench by Anna Szonyi, and the Mooove lamp by Steinel Solutions AG.
The Lifetime Achievement Award
This category is reserved for individual designers with a significant body of work of aesthetic value, created over the course of a career, which has also had a demonstrable impact on the marketplace. Nominees in this category must currently use or have used the RCD system during their professional careers. In 2016, the Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to the Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Jury members are drawn from the fields of design, business and intellectual property rights.
The judges base their selection of entries on:
- Aesthetic value and visual appeal of the submitted designs.
- The submitted designs' demonstrable impact in the market.
- Sound marketing and management of design and other intellectual property rights.
Rules for participation
The competition is open to any person, entity or institution of any nationality, either individually or as a team, provided that they own a valid Registered Community Design that is also marketed and sold (in any country).
All designs submitted must be valid Registered Community Designs at the time of sending the application, with no pending invalidity proceedings. Finalist designs must retain their validity throughout the selection and award period.
Entries may be submitted either on the candidate's own initiative, at the behest of the Awards' promoters or by any other person, entity or institution that wishes to propose a candidate.
Applications can be submitted by the owners of the Registered Community Design themselves via the application form. Registered Community Designs entered for the competition must be marketed by the owner of the design or a design licensee. Applicants can submit up to five entries (one Registered Community Design per entry), provided that each Registered Community Design has been designed by a different designer or by a team of designers with at least one different member.
For the Industry Award and the Small and Emerging Company Award
Candidates for both categories can also be proposed by any person, entity or institution by submitting a nomination form.
For the Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to designers who have made significant contributions to their field over the course of a career. Entrants in this category may be proposed by any individual, entity or organisation by using the nomination form. Nomination will be assessed by a jury made up of experts in business, design and intellectual property.
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