SILMO // Optical Design Contest 2024

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.

Awards

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.

Olivier Jault

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.

About SILMO

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 1967SILMO 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.

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