SILMO, the World Eyewear Optics Exhibition, is launching the third edition of its Optical Design Competition, in conjunction with its 2024 edition.
SILMO Paris, the world’s leading optics and eyewear exhibition, is delighted to announce the launch of the third edition of the Optical Design Competition. A unique opportunity for new generations of designers to push back the boundaries of innovation in the field of optical eyewear objects.
Since 1967, SILMO Paris has been a key event in the world of optics, encouraging young talent to imagine the future of the industry.
ACCESSORY EYEWEAR – WHAT NEW FUNCTIONS FOR WHAT NEW USES?
his year’s competition looks at the evolving role of accessory eyewear, exploring the potential for new functionality and innovative uses. Chaired by renowned designer Olivier Jault, the competition encourages students to rethink eyewear beyond its traditional function, incorporating new features that meet the emerging needs of modern society.
Terms and conditions of participation
Open to students of legal age enrolled in the 3rd, 4th or 5th year of a design course, the competition offers a space for individual or collective expression. Participants can also collaborate with other students meeting the same age and level criteria, thus enriching the diversity of proposals.
Projects must be submitted by 15 June 2024, on the dedicated platform.
In addition to the recognition conferred by its success, the winner of the competition will receive a prize of 10,000 euros, awarded jointly to the school and the student.
The winner’s creation will be exhibited throughout SILMO Paris 2024, giving it a high profile. The winner’s work may also be presented at SILMO Paris 2025.
Assessment and selection process
An international jury of design professionals, chaired by designer Olivier Jault, will examine the projects according to criteria such as innovation, creativity, functionality, social and environmental responsibility and project feasibility.
The shortlisted entries will be announced in July 2024, and the winning projects will be developed in collaboration with SILMO’s industrial partners.
A graduate of the ESAA Duperré fashion school, he is now an accessories designer, teacher and exhibition curator, and has worked for many fashion houses including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Repetto and Saint Laurent.
Keep up with the latest trends in optics and explore the future with us at SILMO Paris, from 20 September to 23 September 2024, at the Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte.
Professionals from every country, of every age, and from every walk of life, who work every day to improve eyesight and the beauty of eyewear: Professionals who get enthusiastically involved, who share strong values and convictions, and who bring another perspective to the optical world: YOU ARE THE SILMO GENERATION!
- The SILMO generation knows that the future of the industry will be techno-responsible, a source of progress and meaning.
- The SILMO generation knows that respect for the planet and for others is an essential prerequisite for its development.
- The SILMO generation knows that Silmo Paris strives to inspire, acknowledge and showcase creativity and ingenuity.
- The SILMO generation knows that this annual event is the meeting place for all its visionaries.
Attracting trade visitors and exhibitors worldwide since 1967, SILMO has established itself as the most significant international optics and eyewear industry event based on three areas - fashion, technology and health. The trade show hosts exciting live editions annually at Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions, breaking into new markets and promoting innovation and design.
More on SILMO Paris
At last year’s SIlmo, we met Isabelle Strouck, who founded “M’as tu vue“, a French eyewear brand that combines reading glasses with elegant necklaces. A fashion accessory that will embellish your outfits, and have your glasses proudly around...
At Silmo Paris, we had a chat with Faiza Seth, the founder of British-Australian eyewear brand The Avantguard, who after being diagnosed with the beginnings of a cataract, set herself on a journey to create a beautiful, sustainable, fashionable yet accessible eyewear...
At Silmo Paris, we ran into Tilmann Grawe, a talented designer of luxury prêt-à-porter fashion – noted for his remarkable use of unusual materials. Although he is a reputable fashion designer, his goal in creating this eyewear collection is not to be fashionable, but...
The Optical Gallery’s exploration of Silmo 2023 comes to a close, with their final vlog instalment. This episode kicked off with an exclusive look at Modo Eyewear, a company dedicated to pioneering sustainability and environmental responsibility. With...
In the vibrant world of fashion and innovation, The Optical Gallery’s, Nik continues his journey around Silmo Paris in his Part 2 vlog. He finds himself immersed in a whirlwind of creativity and style, exploring the very essence of cutting-edge eyewear trends....
TEFtalkSILMO Komono At Silmo 2023, we talked to Anton Janssens, the co-founder of Komono Eyewear, about their fashionable approach on making Eyewear a true fashion accessory, and their recent marriage to that other Eyewear brand from Antwerp, Theo Eyewear. About...
In the dazzling world of eyewear, fashion and innovation converge at Silmo Paris. The Optical Gallery’s Nik is back on YouTube with Part 1 of his Silmo vlog series. In this episode, he delves into the realm of iconic eyewear with a spotlight on Cazal, a brand...
SILMO PARIS 2023, The pole of attraction for a dynamic industry! The SILMO Generation was there in force. This effervescence was palpable throughout the four days of SILMO Paris: 31,337 visitor-buyers (+16.5% vs. 2022) attended, including 15,902 from abroad (+18.3%...
Winners of the 2023 Silmo d’Or Awards Last Saturday, we had the honour to be a jury member for the Silmo d’Or awards, the most prestigious award ceremony of the optical industry. After casting our votes, the results were presented to the high jury, led by this...
Must-See brands! At Silmo Paris Silmo Paris is upon us, and soon its doors will open showing us the latest in eyewear design. As always, we have created a little list of the Must-See brands, which are really worth a visit! Brands in a wide variety of categories, to...