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The Ralph Saltzman Prize

A new initiative to support emerging designers.

In honour of Ralph Saltzman

The Design Museum is launching a new initiative to celebrate emerging product designers supported by the Saltzman Family Foundation in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy.

The annual Ralph Saltzman Prize will include a £5,000 honorarium and the opportunity for an emerging designer to show their work at the Design Museum.

The prize will pay tribute to Saltzman’s innovative approach to contemporary design practices and contribute to the Museum’s mission to champion new talent and nurture the development of a vibrant design sector.

Selection process

A panel of eminent designers drawn from the museum’s network will handpick and nominate a number of the brightest young designers currently making waves in the field of product design.

The nominees will then be invited to present their work to a panel including the museum’s directorate and external experts who will finally select the winner of the Ralph Saltzman Prize.

Ralph Saltzman

Ralph Saltzman, the Co-Founder and President of DesignTex, was a major figure in the design world whose curiosity and collaborative spirit is evident in the legacy of innovation he leaves behind and in the company he founded nearly 60 years ago. Designtex's development of sustainable textiles and the partnership that emerged between William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart won First Prize in the International Design Sense competition at the Design Museum, London in 2000.

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Background image: One of the numerous textile patterns by DesignTex.