The Hoa Mai Furniture Award, also known as the Plum Blossom Award, is a prestigious annual competition organized by the Handicraft and Woodworking Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA). Supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), this competition aims to discover exceptional talent in wooden furniture design.
Embracing Tradition and Inspiring Innovation
Since its inception in 2002, the Plum Blossom Award has become a renowned platform for young Vietnamese designers to showcase their skills and connect with industry professionals from around the world. This longstanding tradition not only seeks to find beautiful and practical designs but also fosters collaboration and opens doors for new opportunities in the industry.
II. Rules to Ignite Creativity
The contest is divided into two phases, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation process.
1. Contest Schedule
The Plum Blossom Award 2014-2015 spans from October 11, 2014, to March 10, 2015, with the following stages:
- Phase 1 (October 11 – December 15, 2014): “Perspective Works” – The jury will select 20 outstanding entries.
- Phase 2 (December 15, 2014 – March 15, 2015): “Prototype Production” – The selected works will be brought to life with guidance and support from HAWA experts and industry companies.
2. Open to All, Encouraging Diversity
The contest welcomes participants from all walks of life within the borders of Vietnam, regardless of age or nationality. Individuals or groups can enter the competition, with each person or group allowed to register up to two products.
3. Showcasing Creative Brilliance
To ensure a fair evaluation, specific presentation requirements should be adhered to:
- Submissions must be presented in hard copy at the HAWA office, located at No. 175 Parallel Roads to Hanoi Expressway, Thao Dien District, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
- The document should comprise of two pages:
- Page 1: Contest registration form, including personal details, contact information, and an introduction to the work, along with a commitment statement.
- Page 2: Drawings, limited to one A1-sized page, showcasing the top, front, side, enlarged details, and perspectives of the product.
III. Celebrating Excellence and Talent
The Hoa Mai Furniture Award offers exciting prizes to recognize the exceptional talent that emerges from the competition:
- 1st Prize: 20,000,000 VND
- 2nd Prize: 15,000,000 VND
- 3rd Prize: 10,000,000 VND
- 5 Consolation Prizes: 5,000,000 VND each
Furthermore, the 20 works selected in the second round will receive financial support of 3,000,000 VND each for the sample production costs. The selected authors and their works will be announced and showcased at the FOR FAIR and IFFS International Furniture Fair in Singapore in March 2015.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to showcase your talent and be part of the prestigious Hoa Mai Furniture Award 2015.
For more information and to participate, visit the Hoa Mai Award 2014-2015 Official Website. Embrace creativity, innovation, and the chance to make a mark in the world of furniture design.