WELCOME TO THE
(RE)THINK CIRCULAR DESIGN AWARDS
REGENERATE. RE-PURPOSE. REPAIR. RENEW. RETAIN.
Applications are now open for newly established start-ups and designers, 3rd & 4th year students, MA and Phd and recent graduates, to be featured at RawAssembly’s specialised and next generation sourcing event
taking place in Melbourne May 2022
There are some great industry prizes on offer
including an opportunity to be considered for a artisan in residence position at
BETA STH BNK at Hanover House (Amazing!)
The past two years have been harder than ever for next generation designers to get started in business and gain both industry experience and support. With the return of in-person events, RawAssembly and its incredible partners are launching the Next Generation (Re)Think Product Awards, to help inspire, drive and support next generation circular design and innovation within our region.
Emerging Australian & New Zealand fashion/textile/Interior and bio-material innovators and designers are invited to apply. Designers should have a clear focus on responsible, regenerative and ethical business practices and demonstrate that their products are designed for the circular economy and with both people and planet in mind.
REGENERATE. REPURPOSE. REPAIR. RENEW. RETAIN.
“CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY AND THERE IS NO BETTER TIME FOR INFORMATION SHARING AND TANGIBLE ACTION THAN NOW. "
Alfred Deakin Prof. Xungai Wang
(Pro-vice Chancellor & Director) Institute of Frontier Materials, Deakin University
01. Fashion & Textiles
To apply, you need to have graduated after Dec 2019 or be in your final year or currently studying for a MA or PhD. You must be either producing a product commercially on a made-to-order, limited edition basis or have a collection ready to launch commercially by May 2022 based on and adhering to SDG 12, Responsible Consumption & Production. Your product must use sustainable and regenerative textiles that have been sourced responsibly, made ethically and ideally can be traced back to their origin. We embrace innovation and encourage products to be designed with circularity in mind.
Please note that we advocate plastic-free textiles due to the climate crisis and support a move to decouple the industry from fossil fuel derived products and drastically reduce the use of these, including recycled plastics between now and 2030. We encourage applicants not to repurpose plastics into wearable textiles, instead use them for category 03.
02. Bio-Material category:
To apply, you need to have graduated after Dec 2019 or be in your final year or currently studying for a MA or PhD. You must be able to pitch your bio-material concept and showcase your journey including material developments through to a finished product concept. Your design concept needs to identify a gap in the market and show how your bio-material could help solve this problem. We are looking for innovators and designers who are designing products from biology and not derived from oil.
*Please note that if you are based in New Zealand we will not be able to show your products in person at our event, so other media formats will be used instead due to biosecurity.
03. Interior designers, packaging & surface materials category:
To apply, you need to have graduated after Dec 2019 or be in your final year or currently studying for a MA or PhD. You must be either producing a product commercially on a made-to-order or limited edition basis, which is designed for the circular economy, designed to be returned, designed to be adapted or have a collection ready to launch commercially by 21st May 2022 based on and adhering to SDG 12, Responsible Consumption & Production. Your product must be of high quality, designed with the circular economy in mind and utilising agricultural, food, textile or architectural/ building waste streams.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The awards are open to all Australian and New Zealand Citizens, currently residing in either country, and are aged 18 years or older.
As an applicant, you must be able to pitch your product concept and showcase your journey including material developments through to a finished product concept/ actual product. Your design concept needs to identify a gap in the market and show how your material/ product could help solve this problem.
Samples and products need to be presentation ready by the 21st May 2022.
REGENERATE. REPURPOSE. REPAIR. RENEW. RETAIN.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to have your product showcased in Melbourne 24th May- 1st June 2022, you should submit the following:
A PDF that introduces your product, its sustainability and circularity credentials, what it's made from, the gap in the market that you have identified and how your product is helping to solve this issue.
Images/ look book of your product developments and your latest stage of development.
A brand/ designer/ innovator company overview, including designer biography, registered ABN/NZBN (if not currently studying), contact details, website and/ or ecommerce site and Social media accounts.
A list of current stockists (if any).
Initial Submission Deadline end Feb 2022
To have your product displayed in a-first-of-its-kind responsible and sustainable commercial sourcing event and public facing exhibition, alongside leading global producers.
Have your product showcased at RAW TO A ‘T’ 24th May- 1st June 2022 Melbourne event.
Be highlighted in RawAssembly’s and our media partners editorial
Be featured in RawAssembly’s Sourcing magazine and featured in their website alongside other Next Gen 2022 designers and innovators for a minimum of 6 months.
Dedicated Next Gen panel discussion (in-person and digital) at RawAssembly’s March 2022 Melbourne event.
Opportunity to Pitch your product within our Pitch stage sessions.
Industry mentorships and other great prizes to be announced soon.
Leading industry experts across fashion, textiles, packaging, architecture, interiors and science will select one winner per category. Industry experts to be announced shortly.
Top five applicants are selected per category
Top five applicants per category are required to give a 3 mins pitch and answer a Q&A
Top three semi finalists will be announced per category
Top three semi-finalists are interviewed for Media and Editorial usage
Top three applicants per category prepare/ pack and ship products for display to RawAssembly.
One Winner from each category will be notified and arrangements made for them to attend RA in person if restrictions allow. (Sponsorship & Covid-19 dependant)
Winners are officially announced at RawAssembly Day 1 event Launch.
Register your interest today
14th March Initial submission deadline
18th March - Judging
25th March - Top Five Pitch via zoom
26th March- Semi Finalists Announced
21st/22nd May - Finished Products to be handed/arrive into Rawassembly Melbourne.