Farm To Table
FARM TO TABLE DESIGN PROJECT | submissions are closed
VOTING OPEN | 8.19.12 - 9.2.12
STAY TUNED | new design project coming this fall
Farm-fresh food is produced and prepared in the same spirit as a dinner party thrown for close family and friends: with intimacy, generosity and attention to detail.
Just as people want real food, they hunger for real, well designed objects on which to share it. From a raw block of wood, a beautiful form can be cultivated. An heirloom-quality piece of wooden servingware can make everyday living a pleasure, for a lifetime
MATERIAL | wood
FORM | tabletop pieces
DESIGN SUBMISSION OPEN | 7.23 - 8.12
DOWNLOAD FULL BRIEF HERE
DILLARD’S | Quality, Integrity, Value
Over 70 years ago, William Dillard had a dream to find the finest quality merchandise and sell it at the best price. He believed that quality is always the best value. Today, Dillard’s continues to fulfill the same commitment he made over 70 years ago.
We search for the finest merchandise around the world and bring the newest and best to you for the style of your life. We believe, as William Dillard believed all those years ago, that value is about quality, not about price. Learn more
There is a simple elegance in perfecting the form. Below are six categories inspired by the Farm to Table spirit. We give you a raw block of wood sized appropriately to each object; you let your vision emerge.
dip | fresh jam, newly pressed olive oil: 3”sq x 3”h block of wood
taste | juicy olives or berries: 5” sq x 3” h block of wood
savor | soup or salad made fresh: 10”sq x 5” h block of wood
present | A two bushel salad or a display of zesty lemons: 12”sq x 8"h block of wood
amuse | start small: 7” sq x 1”h block of wood
entertain | finish with a bountiful flourish: 2 0” sq x 2”h block of wood
complement | mix and match nuts: sauces: 18”sq x 3”h block of wood
sample | try one or all: 20” sq x 2”h block of wood
nibble | flavor-packed bites line an elongated server: 25”sq x 3”h block of wood
FORK AND SPOON
serve | aid in plating salads, entrees, desserts: 12”l x 4”w x 1”h block of wood
(Setting a table involves multiple pieces that work in concert. If you are inspired to create a set or grouping of pieces, please do so within one object category. If you’re moved to craft an entire tabletop tableau, please submit a separate entry for each design per object category. e.g. three nesting bowls as one submission, set of appetizer plates and serving platter as another)
MATERIAL | wood
ACACIA | The wavy and curly grain is moderate to severely interlocked. The wood usually has light and dark bands in the growth rings. The grain produces various attractive patterns, such as fiddleback and rainbow. Well suited for furniture and housewares due to its fiddleback figure and highly lustrous quality.
MANGO | The heartwood is dark brown in color, with alternating bands of light and dark tissue. Large, but generally sound knots are reported to be often present. The grain is often wavy and curly and the texture is fine. Also characterized by high weight and density.
DESIGN SUBMISSIONS OPEN | 7.23.12 - 8.12.12
Submit work based on the project creative brief and deliverable
DESIGN DETERMINATION | 8.12.12 - 8.19.12
Curators determine top five designs from each category
COLLECTION DETERMINATION | 8/19/12 - 9/2/12
Consumers critique, curate and ultimately select the designs
DILLARD’S COLLECTION LAUNCH | April 2013
Dillard’s produces and sells the chosen designs in stores across the country
SALES COMMISSION | 1-2% royalty
COMPENSATION | $500
Each winning designer will be paid a 1-2% of net cost of products sold by the brand partner that wholly incorporate the Design. “Net Cost” is defined as the price paid by the brand partner to its supplier/manufacturer.
Note | for further info refer to the downloadable brief