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SILMO launches an optical design competition

On the occasion of the World Optical Eyewear Fair which will take place in Villepinte from September 23 to 26, 2022, SILMO has decided to launch its optical design competition for all students, adults and enrolled in a design course. For this first edition, the presidency of the jury was entrusted to designer Emmanuel Gallina. Registrations are open until June 3.

In order to encourage designers to turn to the design of optical objects, SILMO Paris is organizing its international optical design competition. Intended for students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th year of a design course, the competition aims to encourage students to turn to another type of design. The latter is open to individual or group projects.

Eligibility criteria for the SILMO 2022 competition


The proposed projects should logically be part of an approach linked to optical design. Lenses, frames, connected objects, materials for opticians… there are many possibilities in the sector. The projects presented will then be judged according to their design, creative and innovative dimension, the use and function of the product, the intrinsic feasibility of the project and the integration of a social and environmental responsibility approach.

Designer Emmanuel Gallina, president of the jury for the 2022 Optical Design competition © Jeremey Mazenq

Important dates to remember


June 3, 2022 : deadline for registration on the platform:

June 2022 : Pre-selection to retain the best applications. The international jury composed of professional designers and chaired by Emmanuel Gallina for this first edition will then meet in September 2022 to decide between the successful candidates.

July-September 2022 : announcement by email of the selected applications, then prototyping phase of the selected designs, then selection of the winner.

September 23, 2022 : Award ceremony for the competition at the world optical eyewear show to be held from September 23 to 26 in Villepinte.

The prize awarded at the end of the competition will reward the candidate and the training school equally. They will thus share the sum of €10,000 and the student will have the possibility of exhibiting his project throughout the 2022 fair, and will also be able to exhibit his projects and works during the 2023 edition.