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Who can take part?

The EeStairs Design Competition is open to (young) designers and students (and anyone else who wants to participate), but focusses mostly on students at Technical Universities and Colleges studying courses in Architecture, Architectural Technology, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Industrial Design and Furniture Design. Members of the jury and members of their associated organisations, together with any persons who have in any way been involved in preparations for the competition, are excluded from taking part.

Are there different categories?

The EeStairs Design Competition is divided into two categories. Contestants may send in designs for ‘Corporate Staircase’ and ‘Repeatable Balustrade Design’ categories – which are described on the website: www.eestairs.com/designcompetition.

What can I win?

The winner of the Corporate Staircase category and the winner of the Repeatable Balustrade Design category will each receive an EeStairs Design Competition Award. This award is accompanied by a £2,000 cash prize. The remaining nominated contestants in both categories will receive a consolation prize of £100. These amounts will be transferred to the nominated contestant’s bank accounts within two weeks of the date of the prize-giving ceremony. At a minimum the winners’ designs are expected to feature in an extensive range of publications connected with the award. Via these media outlets the winners (and possibly the nominated contestants) will be brought to the attention of professional colleagues and the public.

Can I send in several designs?

A contestant may submit more than one design. In that case, the contestant must register each design separately so that each has an individual entry number. It is not permitted to send in one design under the name of two or more persons.

How should I submit my design?

Contestants must submit their entries before 16:00 hours on Thursday December 31st 2015 via the website: www.eestairs.com/designcompetition. Models or 1:1 details are not compulsory but contestants are very much encouraged to include these. Contestants are responsible for ensuring adequate insurance cover against loss, theft or damage during transit. When sending in these items, only the name of the design and the entry number (not any personal details) should be stated. They should be sent to the following address: EeStairs UK Ltd., Unit 3, The Old Printworks, 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3AW.

Who will judge the entries?

The entries will be judged by a professional jury. Provided there is a sufficient number of serious, high-quality entries, the jury will determine which ones should be nominated. You can read more about the members of the jury at the page JURY MEMBERS.

What are the requirements for my design?

The design may not yet be on the market. The design must appeal to a wide section of the public, or or to a certain specific (large) target group. The design must fulfil the requirements for submission as stated in the section ‘competition’ on www.eestairs.com/designcompetition and in article 7 of the terms and conditions.

What requirements must the entry fulfil?

The entry requirements are described in the terms and conditions.

Will I receive a fee if my design gets produced?

In the event that EeStairs decides to produce one of the designs of its choosing it will consult with the contestant and at its discretion potentially propose a suitable fee.

When will the winners be announced?

The results of the competition will be made known at the prize-giving ceremony that will take place in the Netherlands, on March 4th 2016. More information and details of the location of the Prize Giving Ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Where will the price-giving ceremony take place?

Details of the location of the Prize Giving Ceremony will be announced at a later date. Any possible changes will be announced via the website.