Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest 2018 - DESIGN CONTEST

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Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest 2018 is calling for entries. Below you can find all details about this design contest:

Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest 2018

The 13th edition of International Design Contest titled Trieste Contemporanea 2018 has been recently organised by Trieste Contemporanea Committee with the aim of showcasing the most original design offerings from the countries of Central Eastern Europe.


The Trieste Contemporanea Committee announces the 13th 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.

The 2018 edition of this Design Contest will be based on the ongoing two-year project Harbour for Cultures (from now on: H/C). H/C draws inspiration from the real case history of how to convert and reuse the area of the Porto Vecchio (old port) of Trieste, which has remained unused and in a state of decay for decades.
H/C is an incubator where creative minds of art curators, artists and thinkers from other disciplines re-interpret the usual functions of a port in view of shaping an image of a “new port”, with its interim state between arriving, belonging and leaving, where people freely exchange their own cultures (instead of goods), while assuring their values (a new idea of insurance…) so that new profits (benefits of art and culture) are earned by the many.

2018’S main theme:
Participants are asked to contribute to H/C with a concrete project and to conceive an original and innovative item of contemporary design that should be useful in a possible harbour for cultures.

Trieste Award theme:
The Trieste Award challenge is to invent, in terms of social design or relational design, something pertinent to a harbour for culture – the 2018 subject of the competition – but peculiar for the area given of Porto Vecchio, which, with all the specific characteristics of a once successful trading port, is now an industrial heritage site to be rethought for the modern life of the whole city.

The Trieste theme asks participants to develop design projects based on human relations needs and their social contexts. The goal will be to CREATE WAYS TO INTERACT WITH THE EXISTING REAL MAP OF TRIESTE’S PORTO VECCHIO BY INVENTING AN ORIGINAL AND INNOVATIVE OBJECT, OR A TEMPORARY STRUCTURE that has to be made from sustainable materials. The proposed project has to be led by one or more of the following principles: relational, interactive, inclusive, being of collective interest, able of gathering people, able to produce engagement.


Each contestant can enter only a single project, unless entering one for the general theme of the competition and a separate one for the Trieste Award’s dedicated theme.

Every participant entering the general contest's section or Trieste set theme's section should mandatorily submit the following documents:

• Candidate’s CV;
• A copy of the Identification Document of the single candidate/group leader;
• The project of the original design object conceived for the competition, containing all the information required for its production;
• An account describing the rationale behind the conception of the new design object created.

The panel of judges, consisting of international experts and representatives from the Central European Initiative and Trieste Contemporanea, will select a number of best designs and award the various prizes.

The Trieste Contemporanea website will announce decisions of the jury by .

The awards ceremony will take place in Trieste, Italy during the period September-November 2018. The winning designers will be invited to travel to Trieste at the organizing Committee’s expense in order to collect their prize.

There is no entry fee to partecipate!

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all 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 and Ukraine) in compliance with its purposes. The 2018 edition of the contest has been extended to designers born in Estonia, Germany, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey as well.


Trieste Contemporanea 2018 offers 4 main prizes and a total of 9,000 Euro, of which 4,000 Euro are reserved for the Best Design in the Competition.

Call For Entries Info

For all further informations about the Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest 2018 or to submit your works visit the following official website:


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