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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. Individuals as well as teams or groups are permitted to enter the EeStairs Design Competition (see terms and conditions for participation as a team). 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 page: the challenge.

What are the requirements for the Corporate Staircase?

For the Corporate Staircase category, entrants are required to design a complete staircase that can serve a corporate environment. The environment can be a general office setting, or the design can be particularly suited to specific industry, sector or brand. The staircase must be multifunctional, serving a purpose other than just the transition between two levels. Entrants are free to decide what additional function their design has and this function can be general or industry specific. Please keep in mind that the extra functionality must add value and interest to the staircase and should not be superficial or predictable (for example, the market has already seen staircase designs with incorporated bookcases or storage space and we invite entrants to create something more remarkable). Entrants will need to think outside the box to create a staircase that orchestrates a wonderful journey and reflects the evolution of the contemporary workspace. The staircase must be an original design that has not yet been put into production.

What are the requirements for the Repeatable Balustrade Design?

In the Repeatable balustrade category the judges will be looking for a versatile balustrade design only, therefore designs do not have to be attached to a staircase. If entrants would like to supply an image of their balustrade design fixed to a staircase for additional information that is fine, but not essential. Balustrade designs must be constructed from a metal strip 50x5mm in size, without the addition of any other materials. Entrants are free to use any processing technique to make this metal strip into an interesting and innovative design. Importantly, it must be easy to repeat the design but not to be copied by other parties. Entrants must create a product with reasonably low production costs, which can be made quickly and still has the all-important ‘wow’ factor. Designs submitted to the Repeatable Balustrade category must be unique and not be in production already and comply with international regulations.

What can I win?

The winner (or winning team) of the Corporate Staircase category and the winner (or winning team) 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 (or teams in case of teamwork) 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.

Do I need to register?

You can register by submitting your entry to the registration page. Once you have completed your design you can upload it there and you will receive an entry number to let you know that your entry has been received successfully. There is no need to pre-register.

How should I submit my design?

Contestants must submit their entries before 16:00 hours (UK time) on Thursday December 31st 2015 via the website: www.eestairs.com/designcompetition. Models or 1:1 details are not compulsory but contestants are free 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.

Can teams or groups participate in the competition?

Teams or groups are permitted to enter the EeStairs Design Competition. The team will be seen as one entity and therefore each team is required to elect a Team Captain. This person will submit the entry and will represent the team throughout the competition process. The Team Captain will act as the contact person between EeStairs and the team members during the competition. In the event that the entry gets nominated the Team Captain will be invited to attend the prize giving ceremony and will be responsible for sharing the prize money equally between all team members. EeStairs will credit all members of the team in communications with the media if the design gets nominated. It is important to note that the team will be seen as one entity and not as the sum of the individuals, therefore each team is required to provide a team name for use during the competition.

Is there an entry fee?

There is no entry fee. All costs incurred by a contestant to create and to submit his or her design (and other costs relating to participating in the competition) are to be paid by the contestant.

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.