The Mercedes-Benz Design Award provides a unique opportunity for designers to realise their ideas. Now in its fourth year, the award is looking for innovative designs for the living space; ideas that have a strong sustainability element built into the object.

The mentors – Richard Munao (managing director, Cult), Adele Winteridge (founding director, Foolscap Studio), André Dutkowski (senior product manager, Mercedes-Benz), Katya Wachtel (editorial director, Broadsheet) and Tom Fereday (the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award winner) – will be looking for solutions for home living, with an emphasis on sustainability. Think ecologically friendly materials and production methods, sustainable-packaging configurations, and both lifecycle and recycling options.

Submissions can include anything for the living space – from coffee tables and lamps, to entertainment units and footrests. The end product must retail for no more than $2000, but the rest is up to you.

Entering the competition is as simple as submitting either a clearly annotated drawing, sketch, 3D rendering or other visual representation of your design along with a 100-word description.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to see their product prototyped, manufactured and sold by standout national retailer Cult (under the guidance of Richard Munro), but will participate in an intensive mentorship program with leaders of Australian design. They’ll also get to drive a Mercedes-Benz around for the course of 2019, an opportunity to experience the Mercedes’ excellent design firsthand.

Entries must be submitted digitally, in a file no larger than 5MB and no longer than three pages.

The winner of the Mercedes-Benz Design Award by Broadsheet will receive:

o Their design prototyped, manufactured and sold by Cult Design
o Mentorship from Australia's design leaders
o A Mercedes-Benz to drive for 2019

Entries are now open.

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