We are very excited to announce the opening of Dinnovation, a student dinnerware design competition sponsored by Gaia Group that provides the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to share their original, innovative designs with tableware leaders and experts. While we encourage students from within art and design programs, we also welcome technology and science students. Original dinnerware designs can be made of or designed for any material that best fits the design, with some examples including silicon, glass, ceramics, plastic, melamine, or compostable materials.
Design categories include:
- Accessibility: Dinnerware designed to be used optimally for those with physical restrictions
- Sustainability: Dinnerware representing the best use of recycled or earth-friendly materials
- Use of Materials: Dinnerware utilizing non-traditional materials or new technologies, or innovative uses of traditional materials
- Lifestyle Enhancement: Dinnerware designed to better support beneficial lifestyles, such as active lifestyle, healthier eating, portion control, etc.
- Functionality: Dinnerware designed to be used in multiple situations, optimizing space, new portability solutions, etc.
There is no fee to submit and the grand prize winner will receive a monetary prize, a trip to the International Home and Housewares Show in March 2018, and a showcase of their work in Gaia Group USA’s IHHS booth and related press materials.
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be selected by a jury of tableware, housewares, and business professionals who will judge entries based on strength of concept, usability, aesthetics, supporting research, and product benefit. Judges include:
Lisa Cowley, Associate Editor, HomeWorld Business and Gourmet Insider
Margaret Francis, Director Wall Decor and Outdoor Living, Ethan Allen
Michael Laudi, Winner of International Housewares Association Student Design Competition 2017
Jaime Mesner, Design Director, Gaia Group USA
Miller Opie, Social Media Creative Director, Ethan Allen
Amy Stavis, Founder/Editor, Tableware Today
Max Wilker, Style Director, Better Homes and Gardens® brand, Meredith Corporation