Aspiring Designers, Get Creative With Cobra Product Design!

If you love being creative and are an aspiring designer looking to show off your designs in bathroom innovation, then you are invited to enter the 2016 Cobra Product Design Competition! For the first time in its four-year history, they will be turning their attention exclusively to public bathroom design, and you don’t need to be a professional to enter!

Aspiring Designers, Get Creative With Cobra Product Design!

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Public spaces have come a long way, and along with the improvement of these areas comes challenges that are constantly evolving. Owing to these challenges, there comes a need for continuous innovation and a fresh approach to public space design. With this in mind, Cobra Product Design will be offering a fantastic opportunity in this year’s competition.

What’s The Focus Of The Competition?

Entries can focus on any of the following products or combination of products (multiple entries permitted):

  • Basin and tap/mixer
  • Shower facilities, including a mixer/tap and shower head (i.e. for communal ablutions, at the beach etc.)
  • Toilet and/or urinal, including a flush system
  • Restroom for people with disabilities.

Entrants can completely reinvent the public restroom, or re-imagine its functioning as never seen before. Apart from energy and water conservation, designs should also take into consideration hygiene, vandalism, product integration, ease of installation, and cost and availability of manufacturing materials. Ultimately, Cobra Product Design are looking for entries which express a communal design identity that are highly innovative and creative.

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This year’s competition also has a new judge – Murray Sharp, a product designer at retail Design Company, Barrows Design and Manufacturing, in Durban. He will be joining the existing judges Greg Scott, Director of Greg Wright Architects & SITE Interior Design; Ronelle Badenhorst, Category Director at Grohe Dawn Watertech; Marcia Margolius, Editor of SA Décor & Design; and Megan Hesse, co-owner of product design studio and store, Anatomy Design, on the judging panel.

Cobra PDC judges

Student designers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban can also look forward to a series of road shows at selected institutions where Cobra representatives, along with the competition judges from those regions, will be available to provide competition information, as well as offer motivation and inspiration to students with their entries.

What Prizes Are Up For Grabs?

The big prize this year is a trip to the Selano Milano in Milan, Italy, valued at R50 000 per person, which will be awarded to the winners of the student and professional/other categories. In addition to this, is the possibility of seeing their winning design brought to life! If you didn’t already know, the Selano Milano is rated as one of the world’s best international design trade fairs and will definitely thrill any design enthusiast!

This year’s cash prizes total R30 000 across the three entry categories – R10 000 for each runner-up in the student and professional/other categories, and R10 000 for the most promising institute.

How To Enter?

If this sounds like something right up your alley, then enter by simply visiting Cobra PDC’s website at Register your details and enter your public bathroom design before 04 July 2016. Remember, qualifying entries require pre-registration details. Registration is free and requires zero obligation to submit your design. So if the pressure gets too much, and your feet get cold, your registration merely falls away.

For More Information

For more information, the latest news, full competition information (including terms and conditions), and entry forms, visit And for any competition queries, email

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