KIHARA Design Contest
Arita, southern Japan, is a historical town well known as the cradle of Japanese porcelain manufacturing. Over its more than 400-year history, porcelain industry in Arita has been constantly innovating and improving its materials and techniques.
As part of its ongoing mission of carrying its traditional industry into the future, KIHARA continues a long tradition of collaboration between Arita’s artisans and European artists, designers and companies.
Working with both Japanese and international partners such as Monocle, Papier Tigre and Supermama, we are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to introduce Arita porcelain to the world.
Now, we offer European artists, illustrators and graphic designers the chance to write a new page of our history by expressing their own vision through our products. One winning design will be produced by KIHARA, presented exclusively in our Arita and Tokyo stores and marketed on the European market.
|Guidelines for applicants||The contest is all about designing an original artwork for our 15-cm-diameter porcelain plate;
the contest’s winning design will be produced by KIHARA and marketed on the European market.
|Requirements||– The designer must present an artwork defined according to the required formats and dimensions.
– The designer must be able to present him/herself for an evaluation interview on KIHARA’s exhibition stand at the MAISON&OBJET trade show (Paris-Nord Villepinte, January 18-22, 2019).
– Designers selected for an evaluation interview will be offered an admission badge to M&O.
– KIHARA will not cover selected designers’ transportation costs to and from M&O.
|Deadline for design application||21st of December, 2018|
|Award winner||1 person/company, or 1 design|
|Item to design||15-cm-diameter round plate (Ø15 cm, H2.5 cm)
*Please download our design template; we accept .ai and .pdf file formats.
|Notice||*A minimum 300 dpi resolution is needed on non-vector files.
*We welcome all proposals but are nevertheless primarily looking for inventive artworks and creators interested in KIHARA’s cultural heritage and collaborative approach.
|Application form||Please fill in our form.|
|Design sheet||Please download our design template and present a .ai and/or .pdf file. Design data should be outlined.|
|Notice before designing||Width of line or gap should be more than 1 pt.
Your design must only use colbat blue. You can however work with a light, medium or dark shade.
|First assessment||Design assessment will be carried out by the selection committee on the basis of the documents provided.|
|Second assessment||Designers selected during the first assessment will be invited to a final selection interview at our stand at M&O in Paris.|
|Announcement of winner||The contest winner will be contacted by KIHARA around early February 2019.|
|Contact person in France||Mr. Tim KAPLAN
Phone number: +33 (0) 6 59 48 90 30