We have published the result and the winners.
Charmant International Design Competition 2006 has finished and held a ceremony in Milan.
Charmant International Design Competition
The announcement of the result of the initial judgment has finished.
Application Period.


Theme ' Glasses' Frames
The most important function of glasses is e to assist the faculties of peoplefs eyesf. Therefore people with fine and healthy eyes do not need them. Although this is a design competition, the meaning of edesignf here is almost infinite. We ask you to present archetypical designs without conscious and decorative elements for the frames of glasses, which are made possible by highly technological skills.
The theme of this competition is to seek for the forms ofe the glasses for the people who cannot do without themf based on the concept that ethe best is, after all, not to wear glassesf. This means that the designs sought for here should be the ones that give youe the lightness of wearing nothingf, ethe strength that doesnft bother your consciousnessf, ethe small size that occupies the least space of your facef and e the feeling of wearing nothing even if you are wearing them.f
We are not expecting designs for just design forms but excellent suggestions beyond conventional concepts of glassesf frames with e the details e that include widely ranged factors from the material for them to the technology used for their hinges.f This doesnft mean, of course, the presented works can be unrealistic ones in the world of science fictions. They have to be realistic in that they can be actually produced and sold within the materials and technologies available in the present time and in the near future. No matter how innovative the idea may be, if it seems to be impossible for it to be realized because of the cost or the technology required for it, it will have to be discarded.
In short, we are expecting the designs of glassesf frames as excellent tools that are archetypical as well as natural that allow you to feel wearing nothing even if you are, because of their natural fitness to your face.

The range of used technologies and skills:
Therefs no designation concerning them.
*We may, however, discard such ideas as econtact lensesf, ethe concept to regard lenses themselves as their framesf.



Born in 1956 in Yamanashi Pref.
1980: Graduated from Tama Art University.
1989: Went to the USA to work for a design consulting company, IDEO (located in San Francisco).
1996: Returned to Japan to open IDEO Japan Branch Office.
2003: Became independent to found Naoto Fukazawa Design.

His recent design-works include a cell-phone of au/KDDI, INFOBAR, a Mujirushifs CD player designed to be hung on the wall ( selected as a permanent collection for New York MOMA ), home electronic appliances, the products for a new miscellaneous goods brand, }‚O, etc. In Milan Salone of April 2005, he introduced new lines of products from seven companies such as B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Danese, Artemide, which attracted great attention of people. While taking up the work of design-consulting for major Japanese companies, hefs also worked on a number of design-projects with Italian and German companies. The number of the awards and the prizes hefs received exceeds 50, which include IDEA GOLD PRIZE in the USA, if GOLD PRIZE in Germany, D&AD GOLD PRIZE in UK, Mainichi Design Award and so on. He is the co-author of e Ecology of Design ( published by Tokyo Shoseki)f and eOptimum-ƒfƒUƒCƒ“‚ĚŒ´Œ`f(Published by Rikuyosha)f. Professor of Musashino Art University, Visiting Professor for Tama Art University and a special invited lecturer for the Interdisciplinary studies of information of the Graduate School for the studies of Science and Mathematics of University of Tokyo.

Grand-Prix (For one work)F The Certificate and the Prize Money of 10,000 dollars.

Semi-Grand-Prix(For one work)F The Certificate and the Prize Money of 5,000dollars.

Selected Excellent Works (For around 10 works)F The Certificate and the Prize Money of 500dollars.

The announcement of the competition result
The work that won Grand Prix Award and other selected works will be announced in the web-site of Designtope. The award presenting ceremony is planned to be held in Japan in the end of April. At 2006 MIDO Exhibition(to be held in early May in Milan), an international trade fare for eye-glasses, there at Charmanfs exhibition booth in MIDO Exhibition, the trial products of Grand-Prix Award winning work, Semi-Grand Prix-Award winning work and other selected works are to be introduced.

* The details of the ideas of all selected works including the one that won Grand-Prix Award will be kept covered until all the procedures for the protections of various rights are completed in their commercialization processes.
*The Grand-Prix Award Winner and the Semi Grand-Prix Award Winner will be invited to the Award presenting ceremony and MIDO Exhibition.

Schedule iJapan timej
YEAR 2005
Oct.11(Tue)---Nov.27(Sun) Application Period
Oct.11(Tue)---Dec.4(Sun) Work Submission Period
Early Dec.---Middle Dec.: The period for initial judgment
Middle Dec. : The announcement of the result of the initial judgment ( to be notified to those whose works are selected in the initial judgment)

YEAR 2006
Middle of Jan.---Early Mar. The period for the examination for commercialization
Late Mar. ---Early April: Final judgment, the announcement of the final
judgment Planned
The end of April: Award Presenting Ceremony(Japan)
Early of May.: The introduction of the new product lines(at Charmanfs booth in MIDO exhibition)

The conditions for the application
No restrictions are set concerning such conditions as the status, jobs, ages, nationalities, etc. And both individuals and groups can participate in the competition.

The method for the application
Apply for the participation in the competition by filling out the form on the web-site. After your application is accepted, the application number of yours will be notified to you by an e-mail. Be sure to keep your application number and the password for work submission as they are requested at the submission of your work(s).
Each work requires its own application procedure so in the case you want to submit more than two works, you have to submit the appreciation for each of them.

*Avoid using your cell-phonefs addresses for the application because of the possibility of the problems in making contacts as well as in sending and receiving works. Be sure to put correct e-mail addresses in the application forms so that we can certainly get in touch with you.

The conditions and the method for the work submission

Requirements: 3 image-pictures and a text

Comment A: e The title of the work and its special design concept you
want to claim.f
The language used for Comment A is to be English. If you speak Japanese, give Japanese description along with the English text. English description should be around 400 words, Japanese around 200 letters.

One main three dimensional image of 500X500 pixel
(RGB Mode, JPEG Format/ within 100kb)

3: One three sides images
Put the detailed measurements of the work and the name of its material.
(the images of 500X500 pixel). GIF animations are accepted, too.
(RGB Mode, GIF Format/ within 300hb)

*Each file name of the image in one byte characters must have an extension( .jpg/ .gif ).
* Make sure that the image mode is RGB. The CMYK images may not be seen depending on browsers.

yMethod of submissionz
Submission method: Oct. 11(Tue)---Dec.4(Sun), 2005

The submission and the reception of the works are made on the web-site. When you have the required forms, three image pictures, and the text-file ready to be sent, please complete the registration process for your work(s) following the instruction of the application form for the work submission ( Click the eWork Submissionf button in the web-site and follow the instruction.). After your work(s) being received, youfll be notified about it by a confirmation mail. Please note that we will not accept the work(s) attached to your mail(s)

Donft put any information on the images from which the applicant may be identified.
The images can be in any forms. For example, they can be photos of a model, hand-drawn sketches, 3D computer graphic images, etc. It is totally up to the applicant.
The presented works are limited to unreleased ones

yConcerning various rightsz
The rights concerning the submitted works such as their copy rights, intellectual property rights are basically to belong to the applicants (the worksf creators). The elements that are developed through the research and the technological applications to the original works by the sponsor company are to belong to both concerned applicants and the sponsor company for the period of one year after the announcement of the final judgment. This is applied to all the works whether they are the selected works for prizes or not. The rights for the commercialization of the works belong to the sponsor company, the application of which is made by the sponsor company. The sponsor company holds the rights to freely keep, record, exhibit, show and publicize the submitted works.

The possibility of commercialization is not limited only to the works that won Grand-Prix or any awards. If the sponsor company finds any proposed ideas excellent, it may negotiate with their presenters individually. The sponsor company is to hold the preferential right for the negotiation concerning the commercialization of their works for the period of one year after the announcement of the final judgment. Additionally the initial and the running loyalties after the worksf commercialization are to be included in the prize money for each work.

yConcerning the presented worksz
In the case that any award-winning work is revealed to be an imitation, a piracy, etc, which possibly impinges the intellectual property rights of other individual(s) or organization(s), the award will be nullified even after its announcement.

yConcerning the treatment of personal informationz
None of the personal information put on the application form etc. is to be revealed to any third person other than Charman Co. , Horikawa Co. and Designtope. Greatest attention will be paid to the protection of personal information by all concerned with the competition.

Questions and Answers
We can not answer the questions on the details of the competition, the guide-lines for application, etc. personally. Please refer to the FAQ .

Committee for Designtope Competition