Prix Émile Hermès 2011


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This competition was created in 2008 to foster creativity in young designers by offering them the chance to explore a specific theme as the starting-point for an original, vital contribution to the aspirations of today’s society, and by providing support and encouragement at a pivotal phase in the development of their professional activity.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Age Restriction, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Furniture, Product
Country Paris
RegDeadline 30 November 2010 GoogleCal iCal
15 February 2011 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Designers aged 40 or under on November 30, 2010

The second Prix Émile Hermès relaunches the award as an international competition, and establishes design as a central focus of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, complementing the Foundation’s established policy of support for the visual and performing arts.

Reflecting the Foundation’s support, the prize will acknowledge new criteria in 2011: a keen awareness of the craft skills and industrial manufacturing expertise required for the production of each entry, and a sustainable, environmentally-friendly approach to the manufacturing and distribution of the finished product.

The 2011 competition theme, "Heat, me-heat, re-heat", was announced along with the call for submissions, on September 15, 2010.

I would like to express my warmest thanks to Monsieur Toyo Ito, for graciously accepting the post of president of the jury, for the second Prix Émile Hermès.

Pierre-Alexis Dumas,

President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Toyo Ito, Architect (Japan)
Jürgen Bey, Designer (Netherlands)
Mel Byars, Design historian (USA)
Pierre-Alexis Dumas, President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Artistic director, Hermès – Paris (France)
Françoise Guichon, Conservateur du patrimoine; Head of Design department, Centre Pompidou-Paris (France)
Chantal Hamaide, Editorial director, Intramuros magazine (France),
Pascale Mussard, Vice-president of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Artistic director, "petit h", Hermès (France)
Bernard Yannou, Engineer, professor at the École Centrale de Paris ; Director, Laboratoire génie industriel (France)

First prize: 50,000 euros
Second prize: 25,000 euros
Third prize: 15,000 euros

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès guarantees to meet the protoype production costs for all selected finalists, based on the presentation of receipts to a maximum of 5,000 euros incl. VAT. All costs incurred beyond that amount will be paid exclusively by the finalists.

Entry Fee

2 sheets presenting the design in .pdf format (maximum 4Mo octets, A3)

Announcement of finalists: March 31, 2011
Presentation of the awards: October 2011

Past winners

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

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