WATERLINE | Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea 2016

Submission: July 15, 2016
Registration: July 15, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: See details below
Type: Selected countries designers


The Trieste Contemporanea Committee announces the 12th edition of the International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea with the aim of showcasing the most original design offerings from the countries of Central Eastern Europe.


Water is an essential resource. A vast series of human activities – regarding both work and recreation – involves water. Europe is surrounded by the sea and is scattered with rivers and lakes. This natural element is inextricably tied to the life of European man and has value for both economic and geopolitical union and separation. The means of commercial and pleasure navigation and the instruments and constructions utilized to carry out activities involving water are the objects of an important productive industry, that increasingly responds in a specialized way to the limits and to the old and new requests of this sector.

Contestants are asked to make reference to an element/elements of life and work on water which is/are an original and distinctive feature of a place in one of the countries within the purview of the competition, possibly studying a local know-how or exceptional/excellent tradition of that place, and then, using this object of interest as inspiration, to conceive an original item of contemporary design which caters to the latest needs present in the sector.


Designers born in CEI member states (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Estonia, Germany, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey)


Participation in the competition is free.

Applicants should register using the online form on the www.triestecontemporanea.it website, attaching a CV and a copy of the Identification Document of the single candidate/group leader.

Any groups wishing to participate should fill out the application form with the name of the group leader and list the names and countries of birth of the other group members.

The application – completed with the material described in art. 3 – must be presented by midnight (Italian time) on 15 JULY 2016.

All material requested should be included directly in the online application form. Applications that are incomplete or submitted to the organising Committee by any means other than the online system will not be accepted.


Every participant entering the general contest’s section should mandatory submit the following documents :

– A picture or a visual documentation of the selected object/s of inspiration.

– An account detailing the reasons for that selection and the rationale behind the conception of a new design object.

– The project of the original design object conceived for the competition, containing all the information required for its production.

 Participants to the Trieste set theme’s section should mandatory submit the following documents:

– the proverb or the popular saying in original language.

– a brief explanation of the meaning of the proverb or popular saying and the rationale behind this selection and the design of the new object.

– the project of the original design object conceived for the competition, containing all the information required for its production.

The format and maximum size of the documents to upload are specified in the online application form.


The competition will award the FVG Prize Trieste for the best project dedicated specifically to the conception of an original object for use in the nautical sector which takes inspiration from either a proverb or popular local saying tied to marine practice or to the more general relation of man with the sea.

The works selected by the panel of judges will be shown in the competition’s final exhibition in Trieste and published in an online catalogue on the Trieste Contemporanea website.

BEBA PRIZE – for the youngest designer among those selected: 1000 Euros.

FVG PRIZE TRIESTE – for the best design on the set theme: 1000 Euros.

CEI PRIZE 2016 – for the best design from one of the non-EU CEI countries: 3000 Euros.

GILLO DORFLES PRIZE / FIRST PRIZE TRIESTE CONTEMPORANEA 2016 – for the best design 2016: 4000 Euros.

Go to the competition’s website