Cash and royalties added to tap design prize

A tap design competition to be held at 100% Design this month will now award a cash prize and royalties payments after the organiser decided to ‘give due value’ to its winner.

Tap manufacturer Triflow Concepts, for which architect Zaha Hadid created a collection earlier this year, will now offer entrants to its Future Talents competition a £1500 prize and royalties on products sold.

Previously, the new competition was only offering to take the winning design into production.

‘We started out with an idea to do a competition that would engage with new and emerging British design talent, and [initially] we didn’t have a budget set aside for this,’ admits Triflow chairman Fred Kwok.

‘However, we decided that if we were going to do this we should follow the same procedure we follow for any other designer, to give due value and weight to the craft process involved,’ he continues.

Hadid and interior designer David Collins are among the judges shortlisting for the competition, while the public will vote for the winning design.

The shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Triflow stand at 100% Design.

The deadline for entries is 18 September, and the winner will be announced during the exhibition.

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  • Maxine J Horn November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Excellent decision and so much more appropriate.
    I hope other manufacturers who, at times, can be too cavilier in launching competitions for new ideas far more to their own advantage than to that of the creative; take note.

    Ironically, they find budgets to pay their PR firms to promote the competitions but not for appropriate prize funds and royalties.

    Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end of inappropriate calls for ideas.

  • Sam November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Do they treat their designers well? If they followed the same procedure as they do for their designers then the notion of planning a competition without a prize budget is ridiculous

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