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We are in our 10th year of the popular Caesarstone Student Designer competition. Every year Caesarstone invites South Africa’s design institutions and universities to participate in the annual Student Designer competition.

Architecture and interior design departments from universities, colleges and design institutions around South Africa are invited to submit their top 5 entries that are selected from 2nd and 3rd year architecture and interior design students. This allows the judges to evaluate and select designs from the country’s cream of the crop.

The Caesarstone Student Designer competition has become well-known for creating job offers for the winners and finalists before they have even graduated, as industry professionals recognise the competition as the ideal opportunity to pick new designers.

Prizes worth R 100, 000

The 9 finalists and their lecturers will be flown to Johannesburg or Cape Town to attend an exciting awards evening at the selected location where the top 3 places will be announced.

The winning student and their lecturer win an all-expenses-paid trip to an overseas design fair of their choice, worth R100, 000.

The runners up receive R20, 000 and R10, 000 cash prizes respectively.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries must feature Caesarstone material.
  • Entrants must be either be second or third year students from registered South African tertiary institutions offering architecture, interior design or interior architecture qualifications.
  • Only 5 entries per faculty, per institution will be accepted.
  • Entries that do not meet the competition and submission requirement criteria will be disqualified.
  • Caesarstone reserves the right to use all aspects of each submission for advertorial, editorial or advertising purposes without restraint. No claim can be made against Caesarstone for the use of photographs and drawings submitted for the competition.
  • By entering this competition you are agreeing to be filmed and have your names and image used in the media and online.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Caesarstone reserves the right to amend the competition rules at any time.
  • This competition not open to employees of International Slab Sales (Pty) Ltd, or their immediate families.
  • Submissions will not be returned and remain property of Caesarstone.
  • Contact competitions@interslab.co.za for more information.

FAQ’s

The competition is open to all interior design, architecture and interior architecture design students studying at a technology institution, university, or other academic educational institution involved in a programme of learning for design and architecture. Entrants must be either be second or third-year students from registered South African tertiary institutions offering architecture, interior design or interior architecture qualifications.

The submission deadline for entries to reach us by is Thursday 14 September 2017. Please courier entries to 10 Gold Street, Northgate Estate, Cape Town, 7405. Late entries will be disqualified.

Each institution is permitted to submit their top 5 entries from each department for final judging. Entries must include:

  • 3 x A2 matte-laminated drawings
  • Designed as 3 x individual, landscape boards, numbered in their order (i.e. 1, 2, 3)
  • Accompanying disc with files in both high res and low res formats in either jpeg or PDF
  • Entrants must clearly mark each of the A2 matte-lamented drawings with the following details on the reverse:
    • First name and surname of student
    • Name of institution
    • Department of architecture or interior design
    • Lecturer’s name and surname
    • Lecturer’s email address and contact number
    • Student’s email address and contact number

Only 3 x A2 story boards / drawings will be accepted. If additional boards are submitted the entry will be disqualified. Any unlamented entries will also be disqualified.

The judging process is blind, which means the judges never know who the student is, what area they are from, which department they are from (interior design or architecture), or even the name of the university.

  • The judging is a full day process
  • Firstly, the top 9 finalists are selected.
  • Secondly, the top 3 finalists are selected
  • Lastly, the winner is selected

The judging day will take place on Thursday 21 September 2017, and the prestigious awards evening will be held on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

Top 9 finalists are announced one week after the judging day (21 September), but the top 3 and winner are only announced at the prestigious awards evening. If you don’t get contacted, you did not make it as a finalist.

  • The presentation of your submission should reflect the brief.
  • Get your message across graphically. Avoid too much text.
  • Judges need to understand your thought process.
  • Don’t overcrowd or clutter presentation sheets.
  • Keep graphics simple, clean and neat by distilling the essence of your design.
  • Text must be limited to bullet points.
  • Emphasise your key points.

Submissions will not be returned and remain property of Caesarstone.