The search is on! Van Cleef & Arpels and Tashkeel have opened applications to find the next Middle East Emergent Designer. Created as a platform to boost the profile of talented designers in the region, the popular contest enters its fifth season next year under the theme Growth, where applicants must submit proposals for functional tools that reflect both physical and intellectual growth.

"We are delighted to work in partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels for the fifth year to provide a platform for budding designers in the region," said Jill Hoyle, Manager of Tashkeel. "Design is a powerful tool to commemorate and evoke growth and participants are encouraged to interpret the theme as they wish."

The finalists, to be announced at Design Days Dubai 2017, will receive Dhs30,000 to bring the ideas to fruition. Meanwhile, read about the winning entry for the 2016 edition of the Emergent Designer Prize.