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Prix Émile Hermès 2016

The 2016 winners

Since its creation in 2007, the Prix Émile Hermès has invited ground-breaking, innovative, original entries on a specified theme, from young designers around the world, exploring and responding to changes in the way we live now. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Prix Émile Hermès 2016

The theme for the fourth edition of the award is ‘Play’.

Play is universal – a rewarding, civilising, socialising activity, and a force for transcultural learning and discovery, and. Play affords opportunities for constructive experimentation across all forms, supports and devices. 

The 17th-century mathematician Leibniz saw play as a way of understanding and perfecting ‘the art of invention’. In the 20th century, designers such as Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari made play a particular focus of their work, highlighting its role as a vector for social bonding, free thinking and creativity. 

Responding to the Foundation’s call for projects, emerging design talents are invited to focus on the role of imagination and ‘open-ended’ devices or scenarios in game-play; at the same time, entries will take account of the theme’s wide-ranging societal and environmental implications. 

Now awarded biennially, the Prix Émile Hermès welcomes projects whose core values reflect the Foundation’s mission to promote dialogue and exchange between the worlds of artisanship and the contemporary creative arts

> Find out more about the 2016 winners:

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Meet the 12 shortlisted projects and their designers at our online exhibition:
(until the next Prix Émile Hermès) 


French designer matali crasset is the jury president for the 4th edition of the Prix Émile Hermès.