s.1 Silversmiths

Design table or wall mounted silverware incorporating an aspect of illumination.

In both contemporary and conventional settings, and whether by natural candlelight or the flick of a switch, lighting continues to provide us with a variety of opportunities to create a range of settings and atmospheres across a variety of occasions: in the work place, at home or in the business environment. 

Design is a strong feature in the lighting industry that is forever re-inventing itself, so here is your opportunity to make a positive contribution by using an overarching theme of light as your inspiration. Design a table or wall mounted item/s in silver that incorporates some form of illumination and aesthetic qualities. 

Singular statements, a pair or component units can be considered in your approach to this creative challenge that enables light to provide a conducive atmosphere and ambience through your design and intended context and setting. 

You can use other complimentary materials in support of your idea but please remember that this is first and foremost a silver led design challenge.  


Explore any avenue of research that inspires you and gives you a great start to develop a train of thought and individual approach to this task. 

Also remember that Silver is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity and this needs to be factored in your considerations when including a naked flame and/or electricity. As you also will see in your investigations, glass and silver work well together.   

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

  • Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;
  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;
  • Evidence of an understanding of the 3 dimensions, design context and an intended setting;
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications must be provided on the design board;
  • Outline method/s of manufacture, component parts, any surface treatments and finishing;
  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

There will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain your design concept and the tools or techniques / processes that you have used. We encourage entrants to use these placeholders wisely. The information you provide will be ensure that judges can make informed decision

  • Design Concept: Please explain the idea and concept behind your design in meeting the brief requirements (Max 150 words)
  • Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to present your design i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the entry was designed and presented. (Max 150 words)

09 Jan

Online entry deadline (for ALL entries)

25-27 Jan

All 3D entries submission / post-in days @ Goldsmiths' Centre, London

28 Feb

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall, London

09-11 Mar

Collection & post-back of entries; The Goldsmiths' Centre, London


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