Open call for Unika 2025

We are seeking creative, passionate designers and artisans who wish to explore the theme of sustainable utilization of local timber. 8 participants will be selected to exhibit their final product/object at the Unika exhibition during Designers' Saturday from September 12th to 14th, 2025. The exhibition will be showcased to a diverse audience of industry professionals and journalists, both domestic and international.

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Workshop
To kickstart the design process, all participants must attend a workshop scheduled from Sept. 5th to 8th, 2024, at the production facilities of Hamran, located on the Southern coast of Norway. Hamran specializes in kitchen and furniture production, sourcing materials locally and maintaining production within the region. During three intense days, participants will acquaint themselves with production methods, work on a given theme, conceptualize, and explore the material in collaboration with skilled craftsmen from Hamran.

Who can participate?
Designers and artisans with a minimum bachelor's degree in design, art, architecture or carpentry.

Terms

  • Timber for the prototype will be covered by Hamran. Costs for other materials and craftsman labor will be covered by the participant.
  • The participant retains the rights to the design and is free to pursue further development after the exhibition concludes.
  • Participants must attend the workshop from September 5th to 8th, 2025. Accommodation, facilitation, and meals will be provided. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the workshop (specific pickup points will be specified).
  • Designers must be present during the Designers’ Saturday exhibition in Oslo September 12th to 14th 2025, and contribute to the setup and teardown of the exhibition.

Documentation
It is expected that participants document their design process outside the workshop. Designers’ Saturday will also document the workshop and provide press images and a press package prior to Designers’ Saturday 2025. We reserve the right to freely use images and video material of the objects/products and text about the product/designer in promoting the exhibition.

Application requirements
Please submit the following:

1. A brief presentation of yourself as a designer and your motivation for participation (maximum 500 words in PDF format).

2. Portfolio (maximum 10 projects in PDF format, maximum 6 MB). Alternatively, a link to an online portfolio/website can be provided.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] with "APPLICATION UNIKA 2025" in the subject line. Deadline for applications is June 15th, 2024. All applicants will receive a response by mid-July.

For questions: [email protected]

/ @unikaauction

Our external jury consists of:

  • Kirsten Visdal

    Kirsten Visdal, Head of the Jury Creative advisor, curator, and Interior stylist

  • Jonas Stokke

    Jonas Stokke, jury member Product designer at Jonas Stokke

  • Irija Øvre

    Irija Øwre, jury member Art advisor and Director at Format Oslo

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    Sigurd Strøm, jury member Professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts

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    Janne R. Werdal, jury member Sales and Marketing Manager at Hamran