Vmodern 2015 Furniture Design Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite designers around the world to participate in the 2015 VMODERN: Furniture Design Competition. The award was born from the desire to create a forum for the discussion, debate and development of innovative design.  Our goal is to discover and promote the most creative pieces of furniture that will transform the way we live and interact with our environment. What is the future of furniture design?

This is an ideas competition and designers may submit pieces in production, prototypes, and/or concepts.  Projects will be evaluated based on creativity, originality, feasibility, function, and aesthetics.

Participants may submit designs in any of the following three categories:

  1. Seating: armchairs, benches, chairs, lounge chairs, recliners, stools, etc.
  2. Planes: beds, coffee tables, desks, shelving units, tables, etc.
  3. Lighting: ceiling lamp, floor lamp, table lamp, wall lamp, etc.


Participants must register by November 10, 2015
Early registration: US $55 until October 6, 2015
Late registration; US $75 from October 7, 2015 to November 10, 2015
One registration = one project
Participants may submit several projects, but must register each entry
There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are accepted


August 10, 2015 – Competition announcement, registration begins
October 6, 2015 – Early registration deadline
November 10, 2015 – Late registration deadline
November 24, 2015 – Submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
December 15, 2015 – Winner’s announcement



This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal no later than November 24, 2015 (23:59 hours US Eastern Time) via email to competition2015@vmodern.com.

The project submission must contain the following files:

  1. One board with the design information including 2D drawings and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their design. The board should be 24?(h) X 48?(w) in HORIZONTAL format. The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode and saved as JPG files. The upper right corner of the board must contain the participation number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The file must be named after the registration number. For example: 0101.jpg.
  2. A DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max). This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “statement”. For example: 0101-statement.doc.
  3. A DOC file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “info”. For example: 0101-info.doc.
  4. All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example:  0101.zip


Ammar Eloueini [principal Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio]. Ammar Eloueini is a registered architect who established AEDS (Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio) in Paris in 1997. Since 1999 the office has operated with locations in Europe and the United States. AEDS has completed projects at different scales in a range of geographic locations. From object design such as urban furniture for the city of New Orleans, to six retail spaces in Europe for Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, the office has developed an expertise in solving a wide range of design problems, while serving a wide range of clients including the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum, the Contemporary Art Museum in Chicago and choreographer John Jasperse in New York. This diversity of clients and project locations has provided the opportunity to expand the office’s commitment to innovation and design excellence. AEDS’s work has been recognized with a series of awards such as the New York Architectural League’s Emerging Voices (2007), eleven AIA Design Excellence awards and the French Ministry of Culture Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes (2002). The work of Ammar Eloueini is part of five permanent collections: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Between 1999 and 2005, Ammar Eloueini chaired the Digital Media Program, as well as taught design studio, theory and digital fabrication courses at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Currently Eloueini is a Professor at Tulane University and regularly serves as thesis advisor at the ENSCI in Paris. Ammar Eloueini received, with honors, the degree of Diplômé par le Gouvernement from Paris-Villemin in 1994, and graduated with a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1996. Eloueini has participated in several symposia and exhibitions, including “Mixing It Up With Mies” at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Venice Biennale. In addition to several solo and group shows, the work of Ammar Eloueini has been documented by two bilingual monographs, published by Damdi in Korea and AADCU in China.

Joel Escalona [principal Joel Escalona Studio, NONO]. Born in Mexico City, Joel studied industrial design at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana. His work has been exhibited internationally in New York, Paris, and Milan. Joel is an ICFF Studio Winner, was invited to represent South America Young Design at the Maison & Objet’s special exhibition Talents À La Carte in Paris, also featured in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile Di Milano, Mexico Design Week, and the Beijing Design Fair. He has been named one of the “50 Emergent Talents of the Americas” by Arquine Magazine. Joel received the Premios Iconos Award by Conde Nast’s Architectural Digest and the 6° Bienal Nacional de Diseño (6th National Design Biennial) one of the most prestigious design awards in Mexico.

Mitchell Joachim [principal Terraform ONE]. Mitchell is acknowledged as an innovator in ecological design, architecture, and urban design. He is also a researcher, and architectural educator. Mitchell Joachim’s specific professional interest has been adapting principles of physical and social ecology to architecture, city design, transport, and environmental planning.He is the founding Co-President at Terreform ONE, an Associate Professor at NYU, and the European Graduate School. Previously he was the Frank Gehry Chair at University of Toronto. Earlier, he was faculty at Pratt, Columbia, Syracuse, Washington, and Parsons. Mitchell has been awarded a Senior Fellowship at TED 2011, Moshe Safdie and Assoc. Fellowship, and Martin Society for Sustainability Fellowship at MIT. He won the Zumtobel Group Award, History Channel and Infiniti Design Excellence Award for the City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of the Year 2007, MIT Car w/ MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was selected by Wired magazine for “The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To”. Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell as an agent of change in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. In 2009 he was interviewed on the Colbert Report Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for “The Future of the Environment” in 2010. Mitchell was the Winner of the Victor Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and the Museum of Arts and Design in 2011. Dwell magazine featured Mitchell as one of “The NOW 99” in 2012. He won the American Institute of Architects New York, Urban Design Merit Award for; Terreform ONE, Urbaneer Resilient Waterfront Infrastructure, 2013.

Po Shun Leong [principal Po Shun Leong Design] Po Shun born in Northampton, England, is an artist, architect, sculptor and furniture maker. He was educated in the United Kingdom, first at the Quaker Leighton Park School in Berkshire, and then at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, in London, and has resided in Southern California since 1981. He is also known since the late 1980s for his highly intricate and inspiring one-of-a-kind wood boxes that have been enthusiastically acquired by museum collections. The “Landscape” box, a constantly evolving series since 1983 – more drama than box – is architectural in character and built up of many different woods in their natural colors. They are inspired from ancient or legendary civilizations. Po Shun was one of the dominant American woodcraft artists making boxes during the 1990s. The unique look and playfulness of the artwork has helped keep that style relevant and inspirational. He maintains a studio in the City of Winnetka in the San Fernando Valley, north west of Los Angeles. Currently he is continuing to make elaborate wood objects and is developing a line of very simple, sculpturally-inspired furniture.

Alexander Lervik [principal Lervik Design AB]. Alexander has been working as a product designer for 15 years. His work is characterised by innovation, humour, passion, unruliness and intensity. From his design studio in Södermalm, Stockholm, Lervik collaborates with some of the foremost Swedish and international producers, including: Designhouse Stockholm, Johanson Design, Skandiform, Zero, Saas Instruments in Finland and Italy’s Moroso. Lervik’s design process generally stems from a strong conceptual idea: he saw the benefits of working conceptually right from the time of his graduation from Beckmans College of Design in 1998 and producing his final project. His 10 stools – 10 decades exhibition enjoyed great success, with over one million visitors; praised, among other things, for its conceptual scope that made it easily accessible to the observer. A strong focus on the conceptual can also be seen in Lervik’s exhibitionsFive playful chairs (Gallerie Pascale) and Enlightenment (Röhsska Museet). Alexander Lervik’s vision is to create products that provide new experiences and impressions for the observer. His creations range from small bicycle lamps to large light works of art, from furniture to architectural assignments, and from art glassware to liquor bottles. He feels it is a major business advantage for himself and his clients that he can switch between artistic projects and more commercial assignments. He is represented at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the National Museum and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg.

Zhang Zhoujie [principal Zhang Zhoujie Digital Lab]. Zhang Zhoujie studied at the China Academy of Art and MA Industrial design at Central Saint Matins College of Art and Design. His key work is based on ‘Spontaneity’ and pays respect to the logic of mathematics and the law of the digital environment. He believe that his role as a designer is to be ‘Actionless’, to interfere as little as possible. His design is honest, revealing the true properties of materials and forms. In his work, he blends Chinese traditional art perspectives, western design methodology, digital engineering and handmade craftsmanship into a single project.


  1. This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification.
  2. The official language of the competition is English.
  3. The registration fee is non-refundable.
  4. Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  5. eVolo Magazine, as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.
  6. Entrants will be disqualified if any of the competition rules are not considered.
  7. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.


  • 1st Place: US $2000
  • 2nd Place: US $1000
  • 3rd Place: US: $500

Winners and projects selected by the Jury and editorial board will be published in the annual book of the competition. In addition, projects will be featured online and in print on eVolo Magazine’s publications and media partners.

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