Contest encourages creative designs from limitations

Opening the series of activities within the fourth Vietnam Design Week 2023, the contest “Designed by Vietnam” has been launched under the theme “Designs from limitations”.
The organizing committee introduces the topic of “design of public toilets by Hoan Kiem Lake”.
The organizing committee introduces the topic of “design of public toilets by Hoan Kiem Lake”.

Initiated in 2020, Vietnam Design Week is held by the Vietnam Certification Accreditation Scheme (VICAS), under sponsorship by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and coordinated by many partners and localities around the country.

This year, the theme of “Designs from limitations” was launched in five areas: Communication Design, Interior Design, Furniture and Decoration Design, Costume Design and Public Design. In addition, a separate topic “design of public toilets by Hoan Kiem Lake”, was offered.

According to the organisers, the issue of design from limitations is a challenge in the context of the crisis of fuel and raw materials and environmental pollution, taking place around the world.

This alarming phenomenon has been forcing designers to make a holistic innovation of cutting down on resource extraction while increasing reusables. Therefore, second-hand products and inventory, defective goods and even discarded items, will become abundant sources of design materials.

According to designer Vu Thao, an advisory member in the field of Costume Design of the contest, with raw materials from agriculture and nature, and with a creative and economical personality, reuse will become a culture of Vietnamese people, not only in fashion.

In the global trend of continuing to promote the circular economy and increase green materials, the "Designed by Vietnam" contest is expected to evoke and honour many practical ideas and actions, to improve the values of fashion, handicrafts and creative products of Vietnam, both at home and abroad.

The 30 best entries will be selected for an exhibition at the final round of the Vietnam Design Week, which is scheduled to take place at the end of September, at the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam) in Hanoi.