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Cobra Product Design

Following its successful inaugural tap design competition last year (see HL November 2013), Cobra Watertech is once again looking for fresh, pioneering and out-of-the-box designs this time for kitchen mixers, for the 2014 Cobra Design Competition, which offers cash prizes totalling R100 000 for winners. The critical need for all South Africans to save water and energy has informed this year’s competition brief, calling for designers to conceptualise workable solutions for water and energy conservation that have the potential to reduce the impact on the environment. This year’s judging panel comprises industry experts drawn from the plumbing, manufacturing and design fields, including Naomi Larkin, Editor of House and Leisure; Rory Macnamara, Editor at Large at Interact Media, and founder and publisher of Plumbing Africa magazine and Plumbdrain Africa exhibition; Greg Scott, Director of Greg Wright Architects & SITE Interior Design; Ronelle Badenhorst, Business Unit Manager at Cobra Watertech; Natie van der Westhuizen, Manufacturing and Technical Director at Cobra Watertech; Marcia Margolius, Editor of SA Décor & Design. HOW TO ENTER: Visit for design briefs and submission details. The closing date for entries is 7 July 2014. WHO CAN ENTER: Anyone with a flair for design: Full-time students at all South African tertiary institutions, including design centres and schools of design, and individuals who are emerging professional designers or aspirant designers working in other fields who wish to break into the design industry. The winner(s) will receive nationwide exposure as one of SA’s design stars. CATEGORIES: 1 BEST KITCHEN MIXER DESIGN (students) First Prize: R30 000 Second Prize: R15 000 2 BEST KITCHEN MIXER DESIGN (individual/professionals) First Prize: R30 000 Second Prize: R15 000 3 MOST PROMISING INSTITUTIONS (learning institutions, as represented by the students) First Prize: R10 000 TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The competition is only open to South African citizens. Regional finalists will be announced in July 2014 and national finalists will be announced in August 2014. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony hosted by Cobra. Travel and accommodation for one representative of the winning entry in each category will be provided by Cobra. Entrants may enter only one of the competition categories. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. For full terms and conditions visit CobraLogos