Soho House Design Prize
The inaugural Soho House Design Prize is our new global initiative in partnership with Genesis Motor America, created to support emerging designers. We are looking for up-and-coming talent in furniture, product design, architecture, landscaping, light, sound, VR, and more. We encourage submissions that celebrate simplicity, stand the test of time, and make lives better. Priority will be given to environmentally conscious ideas that use sustainable materials.
‘It would be amazing to see candidates from backgrounds that challenge the accepted canon of pedigree within each field. Design and architecture must be as open as possible to the unexpected’
Alex Josephson, cofounder of Partisans
How to apply
Applications are now closed.
If you’re an emerging designer*, pitch an idea for a site-specific creation for one of our Houses in North America. Your idea can take the form of any design discipline. It needs to be rooted in simplicity and sustainability, and stand the test of time.
A panel of experts will shortlist 10 finalists to receive mentorship from industry leaders, including Thomas Heatherwick, Lucy Hardcastle, and Alex Josephson. They’ll be invited to the closing ceremony in Los Angeles to showcase their ideas. The Soho House Design Prize winner will receive US$30,000 to bring their idea to life with our support.
*Those in the first three to five years of a design practice.
Meet the judges
Michele Oka Doner
The Miami artist’s work spans five decades and includes ‘A Walk On The Beach’, a permanent art installation at Miami International Airport
A London-based multidisciplinary artist who specialises in contemporary design and storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage
As the Head of Hyundai and Genesis’ Global Design Centre, Lee is in charge of all design strategies and direction for Genesis. He joined the South Korean vehicle manufacturer from Bentley Motors
The creative director and founder of Lucy Hardcastle Studio uses interactive technologies, 3D visuals and the moving image to tell emotionally resonant stories
LA-based Sarabia explores the US-Mexican border zone, Mexican cultural stereotypes, and his own identity as a Mexican-American
Archie Lee Coates IV
Founder and partner at PLAYLAB, INC., a Los Angeles-based creative studio that explores the fields of art, architecture, and graphic design ‘with no particular focus’
Founder and director of Ma-tt-er, a relational practice focused on building and bridging kinships between ourselves, materials, the immaterial, and virtual
Soho House US Design Director, Campos, is the mastermind behind the interiors of Soho Warehouse in Downtown LA, Little Beach House Malibu, and DUMBO House
Josephson, architect and cofounder of Partisans, specialises in the integration of design and technology, programming, culture and creative services in Toronto
‘Good design is at the heart of Soho House with the aim of making things simple, timeless and easier for everyone. We’d like to reach out to emerging designers across the globe to participate in our inaugural Design Prize’
— Nabil Aliffi, Soho House’s Chief Creative Officer
Design Connections: in a three-part video series, our judges and mentors consider the design landscape today and the ideas that connect them