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BDW x MEKER
Meker, calls participants to envision the future of kitchens in 50 years by research how kitchens were, how they’ve evolved, and imagining what they could become. The winning concept will be produced in Meker’s Factory, revealed during Beirut Design Week, and exhibited in Meker’s main window display for a year. 

DESIGN THE KITCHEN OF THE FUTURE

ABOUT THE COMPANY
 
A family business established in Lebanon in 1967, Meker has become the uncontested leader in the market of kitchen fittings and wardrobes. The continued success of the brand can be attributed to the use of the finest materials, clean lines, functional furnishings, the astute advice of our specialists and flawless installation and after-sales service.
Nowadays, Meker continues its expansion and reach into new markets, all the while consolidating its expertise in kitchen furnishings and wardrobes. Family spirit, harmonious teamwork, the desire to stay ahead and curiosity to create new dimensions lead into a new adventure: Beirut Design Week.

COMPETITION BRIEF
 
What does the future look like? The year 2067 to be precise.
 
We invite participants to envision the future of urban spaces: What will our cities, our living spaces, our kitchens be like? Will we be growing our own food in a kitchen greenhouse? What kind of materials will we use? How will the water flow and how will the oven burn?
As Meker celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, we want to look ahead. To imagine the kitchens we’ll have in another fifty years.
We want designers to imagine with us. Go to the wildest, farthest extreme in designing the future. Research how kitchens were, how they’ve evolved, and what they could become.

APPLICATION DETAILS

WHO CAN APPLY?

Architects, interior architects, and designers are invited to participate in this open call.
The participants should have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 to 5 years of working experience.

HOW TO APPLY?

The preliminary applications are required to contain the following: sketches (3 sketches), written concept (300 words) and reference images, such as mood boards.
During the second stage of the competition, in order to choose the three winners, the selected participants will be asked to create the following additional requirements: Plan, façade interior (minimum 2 drawings), and perspective (minimum 3 drawings).

APPLICATION PROCESS

The deadline for applications is 10th of May 2018. 
The applications must be sent by email to the address submissions@beirutdesignweek.org, together with a subject line “BDW2018 x MEKER” and the applicant’s contact details.

The selected applicants will be contacted by Beirut Design Week approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline. The Jury will select ten participants to develop their design proposals further, and amongst these participants, the final three winners will be selected.

Beirut Design Week will respond to the questions of applicants regarding this competition in the email address: submissions@beirutdesignweek.org.

PRIZES

The Jury will select three finalists with one winner to be announced during Beirut Design Week. 
The winner will have his kitchen produced in Meker’s Factory and exposed in Meker starting September 2018 and exposed in Meker’s display window for a year. The architects and Designers will have royalty fees in the kitchen in case of sales.
The participants who come in the 2nd and 3rd place will get their concepts displayed in Meker’s showroom for a year.
On the day of announcement of the competition outcome during BDW, Meker will create a curated exhibition for the three winners, including projections, presentations, and printed displays of their conceptual drawings and projects.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The evaluation of the concepts will examine the creativity of the design by its innovation, drawings, and material used, futuristic aspects, technique, and feasibility.

THE JURY

The winners of this competition will be selected by the jury consisting of the following professionals: