AND FELISSIMO LAUNCH “CONTINUOUS CONNECTION”, AN
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST
Paris, May 10
(No.2001-70) - UNESCO and the Japan-based Felissimo
Corporation have launched a new international design
contest called “Continuous Connection”, to
highlight the connections between people, and between
people and their environment.
within the framework of the “Design 21” Programme,
the contest targets young designers world-wide who are
keen to develop original products representing
innovative visions of the art of living in the 21st
century in the categories of Fashion, Fashion
Accessories, Home, Home Accessories and New
Essentials, which include tools, items for the
office, travel, food, etc.
exhibition by professional designers and artists will
be held at the Felissimo Gallery in New York, from May
17, 2001, to illustrate the main theme of the contest.
Then, after the application deadline for entries of
August 15, a committee of fashion and design
specialists will meet in Paris to pre-select 100
designs for competition, 20 in each category. Those
pre-selected will receive financial assistance to
develop their project and will have to submit their
final designs and models by January 5, 2002.
competition entries will go on show in February 2002
at the Felissimo Gallery in New York where the final
selection will be made by an International Jury
designated by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro
Matsuura. Laureates will attend an award ceremony and
have their work exhibited in Paris, at UNESCO
Headquarters, in autumn 2002 (October-November). A
prize of US$3,000 will be awarded to the best designer
in each of the five categories and a Grand Prize of
US$10,000 will be given to the best designer overall.
Corporate awards from sponsoring companies will be
specified at a later date.
competition is open to designers up to the age of 35
who have not yet attained international recognition
and who have not been the laureates of previous “Design
21” contests. The “Design 21” Programme was
launched on the joint initiative of UNESCO and the
Felissimo Group in 1995 to transcend national borders
in promoting a creative force among generations that
will shape our future. “Continuous Connection” is
the fourth Design 21 International Design Award.