KIHARA Design Contest

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 KIHARA Design Contest.
After deliberation, this year’s winner has been selected and informed by the organising committee.
Stay tuned as we will reveal more about the winning design and its designer in the coming months.
We hope to see you in the next 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
Prize 1,000 €
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.
Required documents
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.
E-mail contact
Contact person in France Mr. Tim KAPLAN
Phone number: +33 (0) 6 59 48 90 30

Application form

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※ Notice about intellectual property

The contest participant owns the intellectual property related to the designs and trademarks submitted. The contest participant is himself responsible for the protection of his own intellectual property. The contestant himself must take all necessary measures to protect his rights, if necessary. It is expressly reminded that participation is not subject to any obligation to proceed with a purchase. The organising company reserves the right to cancel the entries of anyone who has registered by providing inaccurate information. Any participation representing an element subject to intellectual or industrial property rights, such as an original creation, a trademark, a registered model, infringing copyrights and/or other third-party rights will be refused and eliminated, without limitation in the time after the announcement of the final award of the design prize. Kihara, Inc. can not be held responsible for any claim or action by a third party on this original creation. The contest entrant consents to assign to Kihara, Inc., in the event of their final selection and by the payment of the contest prize, the rights of reproduction, adaptation and representation of the artwork/design submitted by the contest entrant, without limitation of duration and worldwide. Any dispute in connection with the interpretation of these rules or the contest shall be governed by the laws of Japan. The official language of the rules is Japanese. Translations in other languages are for reference purpose only. Any dispute that can not be settled amicably will be submitted to the competent legal authorities.

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