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Calling all stylish inventors!
Our friends at MUJI are on the hunt for your invention.
During the month of July, the Japanese retailer will be accepting submissions for the MUJI AWARD 03, it's, apparently annual, international design competition. This year's theme is "Found MUJI", which can be roughly translated to updating classic items for modern daily life. They are looking for items in any product category, with prizes ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 (apparently taxable) U.S. dollars.
...So get cracking!
MUJI AWARD 03 (Official Site)
Full Press Release and details after the jump...

The MUJI AWARD 03, the International Design Competition is seeking “Found MUJI” ideas
MUJI AWARD 03, the third annual international design competition is presently held (http://www.muji.net/award). This competition is designed to challenge anyone across the whole world to focus on creating the new vision of living. We are not asking for any particular genre, it could be anything from furniture, stationery and office equipment to everyday household items.
This year’s competition theme is “Found MUJI”. Learn from the wisdom accumulated by our predecessors all over the world, entrants are asked to find good points in such long-established merchandise, and convert them into a design that fits our modern life. We expect to see your “yes, of course” products that are also great in the modern age.

Entry Period:

1st July - 31st July 2008            

Judges:
Kazuko KOIKE MUJI advisor-creative director
Takashi SUGIMOTO MUJI advisor-interior designer   
Kenya HARA MUJI advisor-graphic designer   
Naoto FUKASAWA MUJI advisor-product designer   
Masaaki KANAI president, Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd.

Special Judge:
Jasper Morrison-product designer      

Prize:
Gold Prize winner (1 award) 20,000 US dollars
Silver Prize winner (1 award) 10,000 US dollars
Bronze Prize winners (6 awards) 2,000 US dollars

Each prize is awarded to 1 work and 1 person (group).
Some entries will be deemed "not applicable" for each prize.
Prize money is not inclusive of any withholding tax, which will be subtracted from the prize money
Entry form and further information can be downloaded at: http://www.muji.net/award
General Inquiries for Competition: mujiaward@mujidesign.jp        

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