With the end-of-year season of merriment almost upon us, we’ve found an extra good reason to open a bottle or two. Design Within Reach has announced a call for entries to its 19th Annual Champagne Chair Contest, where participants are invited to submit original designs or miniature models of chairs in DWR’s product offering, made only using the foil, cap, cage and cork of a bottle of champagne.
The contest is conducted in partnership with Champagne Pommery, and submissions must be made from the components of no more than two champagne bottles. Bottles of sparkling wine and sparkling cider will also be accepted.
This year, the MillerKnoll Foundation will donate $50 for each valid entry (up to the amount of $25,000) to Slow Factory, a climate innovation non-profit that works at the intersections of climate and culture to advocate for environmental justice and social equity. If that wasn’t motivation enough, participants also stand to win one of four top prizes, worth up to $1,000 to spend at Design Within Reach.
A panel of six judges will award the entries based on best likeness, most original and more. Any entry made using a Champagne Pommery cork will automatically be entered to win the Pommery Prize as well, which holds a grand prize of a $1,000 DWR gift card and a Pommery gift set for good measure. Additionally, DWR will select a favourite from the entries made with recycled, recovered, or found plastic in additions to the materials from a maximum of 2 bottles of champagne (exclusing glass). The winner will receive an Eames Molded Plastic Armchair.
The call for entries is now open for all US residents and runs until 6 January 2023.
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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.
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