Dutch Embassy to Organize 3D Design Contest


The Washington D.C. Dutch embassy has partnered with Kikkerland Design Inc., Shapeways, and the New York Museum of Art and Design (MAD) to create a new design contest for their USA giveaway, to find a quirky and functional Dutch-inspired design.

The Dutch embassy was searching for a new giveaway, and became inspired by the “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” exhibition and the many Dutch designers participating in that exhibition.

The embassy invites designers to submit “inventive, quirky and smart ideas for a functional and affordable small item inspired by Dutch Design.”

The competition is open to anyone. The embassy’s hope is that both Dutch designers, as well as US designers, will join in inspired by the Dutch design. “Dutch Design” is a term used to describe the design style in the Netherlands that can be characterized as quirky, humorous, and innovative.

The top ten entries will be printed in 3D and judged by a panel of high profile judges. The ten finalist entries will be exhibited in New York, where a second round of judging will take place and the final winner will be announced. Kikkerland Design Inc. will the produce the winning design and the Dutch government will buy 500 pieces of it for their US giveaway. The winner will also be given a week-long stay at Shapeways headquarters in New York, including flights and accommodations.

The competition is open for anyone. The embassy hopes that Dutch designers and US designers who are inspired by Dutch design will join the competition. If you are a designer and would like to enter, you have until March 7 to submit your idea.