Are you wondering why you received an unexpected newsletter from us?

Well, it is because we have some absolutely thrilling news for all the participants of our current competition! We are very very happy to announce that..

Vitra Design Museum is the competition partner for “Dancing – Alternative designs for clubs”!

Exciting, right?

Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is one of the leading museums about design, holding one of the world’s largest collections of modern furniture design that includes numerous works by the widely loved American designer-duo, Charles and Ray Eames. Every year the main building, (an undoubtedly clear design by Frank Gehry) hosts two major exhibitions.

One of the two current exhibitions, titled ‘Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today’ is our connecting link with the institution. The exhibition, that runs from March 17 to September 9, 2018, explores the emergence of nightclubs as spaces for experimentation with interior design, new media, and alternative lifestyles. It is actually the first exhibition to give a comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub, examining its cultural context, and goes through both classic examples, such as the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular and the Palladium in New York designed by Arata Isozaki, as well as more recent concepts, like OMA’s proposal for the new venue of Ministry of Sound in London!

So, what’s in it for you?

The museum will select three exceptional projects from the 50 finalists of the competition, that will receive the “Vitra Design Museum Honorable Mention”. The brains behind these outstanding projects – aka the project team – will receive one exhibition catalogue, two free entry tickets to the museum plus two free tickets for their fascinating 2-hour architectural tour over the museum’s campus that showcases buildings by Frank Gehry, SANAA, Álvaro Siza, Zaha Hadid and many other renowned architects (Bucky’s Dome is there too!).

We all know what this means, right?

Alright, we ‘ll do the math for you: 3 more awards and 15 more prizes!

Well, that was indeed good news! Stay in touch and soon we will announce the results!

By the way – better late than never – let me introduce myself. I am Mariza, the team’s fellow researcher, and I took over Daniela’s newsletter for now, but you ‘ll certainly be hearing more from me in the future.


Photo credit: Installation view Vitra Design Museum »Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today«, 2018 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Mark Niedermann