BASICS 14th international design contest Trieste Contemporanea 2021

Submission: February 27, 2022
Registration: February 27, 2022
Language: English
Location: Trieste, Italy
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Design


The Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest 2021 is open! Set up in 1995, the Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest is advertised every two years by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee. The 2021 edition, under the auspices of CEI (Central European Initiative), aims to reflect on individual contribution we can make to sustainable development. Basic issues of concern are how to effectively change ourselves and increase our responsibility to others and to our planet.

The competition is open to designers from the 17 Central Eastern European Countries adehering to the CEI and from the Baltic Countries, Austria, Kosovo, Germany and Turkey.
Once the participation terms are up, an international jury selects among the most interesting works the winners and a number of projects shown in a conclusive exhibition in Trieste, Italy.

BASICS – 14th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea
The competition deadline is midnight (italian time) of the 12th December 2021.
The entry is free.
Designers from 24 Central Eastern European countries are called to propose and design a basic object fit for serviceable use, iconic of the process of change underway. Contestants are asked to conceive an original and innovative item of contemporary design taking into account sustainable development objectives, while reflecting on new meanings and purposes, which also objects and tools take when addressing sustainable goals or facing contingencies (e.g. as it occurs during an unprecedented outbreak).


The works SELECTED by the jury will be published in an online catalogue on the Trieste Contemporanea website.

  • BEBA PRIZE 2021, for the youngest designer individually participating, among those selected: € 1000.
  • CEI PRIZE 2021, for the best design from one of the non-EU CEI countries: € 3000.
  • GILLO DORFLES PRIZE / FIRST PRIZE TRIESTE CONTEMPORANEA 2021, for the best design 2021: € 4000.

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<