UNESCO and Felissimo
submission deadline: 15 August, 2001


Continuous Connection / Design 21 invites young designers from around the world to create and present a new vision for the way we live in this new century. This is the fourth Design 21 International Design Award. Co-organized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Felissimo Corporation, the award was launched in 1995 with the idea of transcending national borders to promote a creative force between the generations to shape our future. Young designers are also encouraged to use design as part of a process of creating a new lifestyle and as a tool to improve the quality of self-expression and communication. 


The theme, of "Continuous Connection" was chosen to guide us in exploring new life-styles that are appropriate for the 21st century. Under this theme, we look for designs/concepts that promote a sense of connection $B%_ (B between persons, between people and nature, between people and the everyday environment and between home and work. These are the mechanisms that enable us to maintain a happy and harmonious relationship with ourselves and with people and things around us. Technology is fast changing the way in which we live. We believe that the 21st century will force us to welcome the changes and at the same time work consciously to seek, create and maintain human connections. 


- Fashion (including Fashion Accessories).

- Home (including Home Accessories): Small items of furniture such as tables, chairs, concepts of a small indoor space or garden, etc.

- New Essentials: Concepts and items not covered by the foregoing yet are part of today’s (and tomorrow’s life-style: tools and gadgets including communications devices, items for home office, travel goods, food, etc. 

Selection Criteria

It is used in everyday life. 

It promotes a sense of connection and happiness. 

It reflects a creative and responsible vision of life-styles appropriate to the 21st century and beyond. 

It shows awareness and respect for the environment, including choice of materials and production techniques. 


The administrative offices are located in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters and at the Felissimo offices in New York and Kobe. The Pre-Selection Committee and International Jury will be composed of design specialists and cultural and opinion leaders in each domain.

Pre-selection of a maximum of 100 designers (20 in Fashion, 20 in Fashion Accessories, 20 in Home, 20 in Home Accessories, and 20 in New Essentials) will be done by the Pre-Selection Committee meeting in Paris. Selected designers will receive financial assistance towards the production/shipment of the models for the exhibition in New York.

The final selection will be made at the exhibition in New York by the International Jury designated by the Director-General of UNESCO. The Award Ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Jury's decision shall be final and without appeal. 

Financial Assistance and Awards

Financial Assistance

Selected designers will receive financial assistance towards production/shipment of models as follows:
- Fashion:US$ 500
- Home: US$ 1,000
(US$ 700 for United States residents)
- Accessories (Fashion/Home): US$ 200 
- New Essentials: US$ 300


- 1 Grand Prix: US$ 10,000 to the best designer in all 3 categories.

- 5 First Prizes: US$ 3,000 for the best designer in each category
(Fashion, Fashion Accessories, Home, Home Accessories, New Essentials).

** Prize-winners will be invited to the award ceremony (round-trip
airfare and accommodation will be provided by the organizers).
** Corporate Awards by sponsoring companies will be specified at a later



Selection is open to young designers up to and including 35 years of age (as of 16 August 2001) who have not yet achieved international recognition.

Laureates of previous "Design 21" contests are not eligible.

The works submitted must be original works of the applicants.


Candidates should fill in 2 copies of the Application Form (3 pages including curriculum vitae and brief project description) for each category and certify that the works being submitted are original works of the applicants.

Candidates may enter more than one category, but only one entry per category will be accepted.

Application is on an individual basis. In cases where entries are organized by a school, a separate Application Form should be filled in by each student.

The Application Forms accompanied by the design (see below) should reach UNESCO by 15 August 2001. Any application received after that date and any incomplete file will be considered ineligible for selection. Candidates are requested to abide by the rules and schedule of the competition. 

Materials to be submitted for pre-selection

Participants are requested to submit the following materials for pre-selection:

Fashion/Accessory Categories: Only one design (with a colour chart attached) will be considered per candidate (no model or 3D samples can be accepted). The design should be presented on paper measuring 30 cm by 40 cm and carry the designer's name, address and telephone number on the back to ensure anonymity in the judging process.

Home Category: A maximum of 5 drawings in colour of the prototype will be considered per entry per candidate. Designs may be presented on 36 mm slides or CAD-generated graphics on standard letter size with the author’s name, address and telephone number indicated on the back. New Essentials Category: A maximum of 5 drawings in colour of the prototype will be considered per entry per candidate. Designs may be presented on 36 mm slides or CAD-generated graphics on standard letter size with the author’s name, address and telephone number indicated on the back. 

The application form and design(s) should be sent by 15 August 2001 to the following address:

Mr Indrasen Vencatachellum
Chief of the Section for Crafts and Design
Division of Arts and Cultural Enterprise
1 rue Miollis - 75732 Paris, Cedex 15, France
Tel. (33 1) 45 68 43 26
Fax (33 1) 45 68 55 91

Materials to be submitted for final selection

Pre-selected designers will be contacted individually by the organizers and requested to submit their work to the International Jury as follows:

Fashion Category: the Finished model should be submitted.
Home Category: The finished model or a 3-D prototype will be accepted. It should not exceed 100 cm in size and 50 kg in weight. Over-fragile objects that require special packaging/handling will not be accepted. Breakables should be sent at applicant $B%f (Bs own risk in a reusable, sturdy container. 
New Essentials Category: The finished model or 3-D prototype will be accepted. It should not exceed 100 cm in size and 20 kg in weight. Over-fragile objects that require special packaging/ handling will not be accepted. Breakables should be sent at applicant $B%f (Bs own risk in a reusable, sturdy container.

** Finished models should be received in New York between 10 December 2001 and 5 January 2002. 


Opening of competition to public
February 2001

Opening of model exhibition of works/concepts by professionals "Continuous Connection Part-1" (New York) May 2001

Application deadline 15 August 2001

Pre-Selection Committee meeting (Paris) End August 2001

Submission of finished models (New York) 10 December 2001 - 5 January 2002 

Opening of exhibition in New York February 2002
(Selection by International Jury during exhibition)

Award Ceremony and exhibition (Paris) October-November 2002
(Precise date to be announced later) 

Rights and obligations 

Designs remain the artistic property of the designers.

Felissimo and corporate sponsors have the right to negotiate with the laureates regarding the eventual commercialization of their designs.

Designers entering the contest agree to absolve the organizers from any liability relating to intellectual property issues, that may be raised by any other party.

For the purposes of the Exhibitions, the organizers will be in direct contact with the laureates for any necessary adaptation of their work for technical reasons and production of finished models.

Candidates presenting pre-selected and prize-winning works authorize the organizers to publicize their works using all means of communication (press, television, video recording, exhibitions, etc.) and to keep the finished models and the original design. Non- selected designs will not be returned.


Designers should secure appropriate insurance coverage from their countries of origin up to New York for any component deemed valuable that is entered in the contest. The organizers agree to take due care of all entry components, but will not accept liability for loss or damage to property.


The costs of shipping models to New York will be borne by the selected designers. 

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