Doug Mockett 30th Anniversary Design Competition
July 30, 2015 | 2:43 pm UTC
Cord organizer, a previous winner in Mockett's competition.
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - Doug Mockett opened the call for entries in its annual hardware Design Competition. To mark the 30th anniversary of the event, prize money has been increased to $5,000 (from $1,000); and the deadline has been extended to October 1, 2015.  
2015 marks 30th anniversary of tje Annual Design Competition at Doug Mockett, which seeks the best innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware. "Even if you think your idea is too prosaic, dull, unusual or "not good enough", we urge you to send it in and let us be the judge of that," says Mockett. "You would be surprised at how many First Place award winners were shocked when they got the congratulatory call! They never thought they had a chance."
To enter, send a clear write-up about your idea, or a drawing (better), and a model (best). Send FedEx or registered mail and show Attn: Design Competition on the label or airbill.  Entries can also be emailed to [email protected] (PDF files only).
Deadline is October 1; judges will meet and decide on winners in December.
Only First Place awards will be given, and an unlimited number of winners. In the past, winners have ranged from one to four. First Place entries are awarded $1000, an engraved achievement trophy, and a royalty based on sales.
Questions can be emailed to: [email protected], or call 800-523-1269, from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands or 310-318-2491 from everywhere else.


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