The Prix Émile Hermès: Reinterpreting playtime

The Prix Émile Hermès: Reinterpreting playtime

Shaping the future

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

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Talented designers reinterpret play for the latest edition of the Prix Émile Hermès. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the details...

The winners of the prestigious Prix Émile Hermès have been announced. Designed as a platform to showcase the creativity of young and innovative designers, the fourth edition of the design prize was based around the theme 'play' and entries have been spilling in since September last year. From the entries, 12 pieces were shortlisted and given up to Dhs33,400 to create a prototype. Think construction blocks and mini shelters to interactive wallpapers and shadow games.

This year's top prize went to Jean-Simon Roch for his work Vibrato, a constant random but mesmerising movement of objects caused by electromagnetic fields. "I enjoy studying how objects and people behave," said Roch. "Vibrato is a response to that: it's a device that enables the user to bring shapes to life. I wanted to create something using minimal means and technology. For me technology is a tool, not an end in itself." With the award, Roch receives Dhs210,000 to fully realise his vision. Watch a video of the project here...

All 12 shortlisted projects can be viewed at

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