Skip to main content
Thinking Above the Fold

Challenging the Chair: A Redesign of an Iconic Silhouette

Portable, capable, and sensible, the folding chair is as utilitarian as it is ubiquitous. They've been used to quickly bring communities together, provide much needed relief at the family barbecue, and as a handy tool in wrestling rings everywhere. In keeping with this year's theme of Redux, DICE challenges contestants to re-imagine the basic aluminum folding lawn chair, a design so iconic in its form and function, but with great potential for evolution and innovation. Designers of any and all disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Take A Seat

Submission Guidelines

This design competition is open to, but not limited to, artists, architects, graphic designers, interior designers, product designers and related disciplines. We challenge you to design and construct a fully functional folding chair (it may not contain any living animals).

Silent Auction

A silent auction of all entries will be held at the conference. As part of your entry, you agree to donate your chair to DICE (or see below for entry fees). All proceeds will go toward funding DICE events and the cash prizes for the winners of the competition.

Registration Deadline

Registration due September 12, 2019. All entries must be dropped off between 10am-6pm at the Nevada Museum of Art, E.L.Cord Entrance on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Incomplete or late entries will not be accepted.

Complete Registration

Download Submission Form

Entry Fees

If the chair is donated to the Silent Auction: FREE
Member of professional organization (i.e. AIA or AIGA): $125
Non-member of professional organization: $250
Student: $25


Entries will be judged based on creativity, functionality, aesthetic appeal, craftsmanship, and concept. The jury will include local business leaders who are our current and future clients and associates.


First place receives $500.
Second and Third place receive a Herman Miller chair.

Let's Get Thinking

Tickets for this inspiring day of design are available now through the Nevada Museum of Art.

Secure A Spot