The make me! contest represents one of the pillars of the Łódź Design Festival – International Design Festival in Łódź. Over a period of 5 years, it became one of the most important contests for young designers not only in Poland but also abroad. The number of submitted applications grows from year to year and includes works from even very remote places in the world, such as the United States, Japan and Malaysia. The main prize is PLN 20,000 PLN Funded by the Main Patron – Ceramikę Paradyż  accompanied by honorable mentions awarded with study trips and internships which provide the best designers with an opportunity for further growth and skill improvement. One of the awards in the make me! contest will be a study trip to Germany, where the company’s headquarters and the Interprint Group’s Design Centre are located. The winner will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about the product development and manufacturing process and the latest décor printing technologies.

The contest is addressed to young artists aged 20 to 30 years. We accept projects from different areas of design, including fashion. Each application is given an attentive evaluation by a carefully selected international judge panel comprised of experts in design such as festival directors, curators and critics, designers and editors of design magazines. Awarded projects are presented at a post-contest exhibition organized during the Festival. The event offers its participants a unique opportunity to display their ideas to a broader public, establish cooperation with companies and gain a foothold not only on the Polish design market but possibly on the international arena as well.

The post-contest exhibition organized each year during the festival presents the 20 awarded designs submitted to the contest. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the make me! contest, this year’s exhibition will include projects distinguished in the current edition as well as few of the most interesting projects from each past contest. This unique collection displaying an overview of design created in the past years by the young generation of designers has been presented in this catalog.

2008/ Daria Burlińska, Cebula
2008/ Bartosz Mucha, Clothespin
2008/ Łukasz Wysoczyński, Breakup
2009/ Agnieszka Bar, Group vase
2009/ beza projekt: Zofia Strumiło-Sukiennik and Anna Łoskiewicz, Prism Folding Screen
2009/ Krystian Kwieciński, Y parametric Table
2009/ Paulina Lis, flexi soap holder
2009/ Jakub Sobiepanek, Lace table
2010/ Magdalena Jędrzejas, Pixels clock
2010/ Magdalena Karasińska, MOSO table
2010/ Aleksandra Pięta i Piotr Wiśniewski, Tastes of Podhale
2010/ Prodiż: Małgorzata Żółkiewska and Przemysław Ostaszewski, Robole
2010/ Nikodem Szpunar, Kamila Niedźwiedzka, Mosquito
2011/ FAWORY, Customisation armchairs
2011/ Thibaut Godard, Porcelain
2011/ Tomasz Pydo, Wrappie lamp
2011/ Sylwia Sroka, Crystals
2012/ Wojciech Drab, Hocki
2012/ Małgorzata Dziembaj, OVO
2012/ Katarzyna Koprowska, Ul Wielkopolski [Wielkopolska Hive]
2012/ Jan Lutyk, Ribbon
2012/ Alicja Patanowska, Plateboards
2012/ Magdalena Waś, Szara Sofa [A Grey Sofa]

Project co-funded from budget of Łódź Voivodeship.