The Mercedes Benz Design Award by Broadsheet will be awarded to the designer of an object or item of furniture for the kitchen or dining space.

Entries are open to every Australian, and can be any object that will enhance the cooking or dining experience. Submissions can include anything from a dining table or chairs, to lighting to crockery, so long as the end product can be retailed for no more than $1500.

The judging panel will consist of Jardan owner Nick Garnham and head designer Tom Shaw, a Mercedes-Benz Australia representative and Broadsheet founder, Nick Shelton, all of whom will be looking for a piece that portrays design excellence.

Pieces will be judged on innovation, creative design and the originality of the concept. The design should demonstrate both form and function, being aesthetically beautiful while serving its purpose as a durable, long-lasting piece. It should engage with its surroundings, adding value to the dining or kitchen space and should address a particular need in this area.

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

Entries must be submitted digitally in a file no larger than six megabytes and no longer than three pages.

While creativity is highly encouraged, applicants should make the design as clear as possible and create a piece that can be prototyped within four weeks.

The winner will receive mentoring from the Jardan design team to take the design from the prototype stage through to being manufactured as part of Jardan’s product range. The first run of 25 will be signed by the designer and include a plaque, badge or stamp identifying it as the Mercedes-Benz Design Award winner. The winner will also receive $2000.

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This article presented in partnership with the Mercedes-Benz Design Award by Broadsheet.