Carry your own comfort


Theoretically, means of public transportation like city bus, metro or train are considered the best for commute in terms of

economic, environmental and other planning consideration. However, there are only a few examples where it is the most

willful choice of commuters.

An ever growing population served by limited public transit capabilities, can make the commutes longer - slower - stressful.

These issues have a different magnitude with varying demographics(especially elderly and children).

Increasing seats, more buses, frequent metros are there - and will exist. But can you design something which can ease our

distress while commute? For example - Can it serve as a portable seat, or something to lean, or give us shade, or maybe as

simple as make long commutes fun, or make waiting a little less boring, or make us socially more connected? or you can

come up with something new altogether!



 Brian Alexander,Furniture Designer, Brian Alexander Studio, U.S.A

Massimo Mariani,Architect & Designer, London

Anita Dineen,Product Designer, Alessi, Australia


1st Prize

Reward of 1500$, trophy + certificate. Open for both categories (student and professional)

2 Runner ups

750$ x 2 Cash Prize for the Juror's Choice to 1 professional & 1 student

People's choice award

Reward of 500$, trophy + certificate to 1 Professional & 1 Student

10 Honorable mentions

Each honorable mention gets a medal + certificate and our biannual digest of BOUN (open for both categories: student & professional)


All medal holders, and winners will get an elaborate section of publishing in the BOUN 2019 design book, and on our partner websites

Exhibition of Entries

50 shortlisted entries will be featured on our website and will be awarded a certificate.



Late Registrations ends: 31st August 2018

Students 40$ | Professional 60$


Last Date of Submission: 10th September 2018


Public voting opens: 11th September 2018


Display of shortlisted entries: 10th October 2018


Public voting closes: 11th November 2018


Result Declaration: 20th November 2018


The detailed requirements of the entries are as follows:


  • A maximum 6 – A3 presentation boards in digital format (JPEG or PDF) (120ppi)
  • Questionnaire formulated by the participants as directed on the submission portal. Refer to Uni Submission guidelines to know more.
  • Cover image of size 1500 x 600 px or larger in aspect ratio 5:2 should be included in the folder.
  • Individual images and graphics used in the sheet or any additional images (for publication purpose and not for the judging of entries.
  • Participants are encouraged to submit additional materials such as prototype images and textual material, by e-mail. However, submission of such material is not obligatory, nor shall their submission/non-submission influence the evaluation process. This data will be used for web publications.
  • Ensure that the final sheets which are submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • Mention your sheet number on every board.
  • To learn about the best practices of submission refer to this pdf here.

The submission of the entry has to happen on our submission portal at only with the format given on the website. No other mode of submissions will be accepted. In order to avoid last minute rush, plan and try uploading your entries prior to the submission deadline . Check this video tutorial of how to make the submission on the platform .


  • Participants from all geographical regions are eligible.
  • Open to participants of all backgrounds, including design students and professionals.
  • Participation is on individual basis only. Organizations/studios may participate however, certificate/awards will be issued to a single contact person registering for the award.
  • Entries must be original works of the entrant, who will be recognized as the sole designer of the said entries throughout the course of the competition.
  • You can enter more than one indoor furniture entry in the competition, however the entry has to be submitted separately.
  • Only designs conceptualized/created/built after 2014 are eligible.
  • Entries that infringe, breach, prejudice or violate the property, interests or rights (including but not limited to contractual rights, user rights, copyright, design rights and all other proprietary and intellectual property rights) of any third party will be disqualified. Participants shall be liable for claims by such third parties resulting from the infringement. The Organizer shall not be held responsible for any infringement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is ‘Boun’?

Boun is an organization which focuses on innovation and advancements in furniture design by means of competitions.


Q2. What is @ease?

‘@ease’ is a competition organized by Boun which is based upon idea of enhancing individual comfort in public transport. This competition challenges designers to come up with solutions to provide rest/ support to body in case you do not get a seat while commuting. The idea is to create something (not necessarily seat) which is a better alternate to standing.


Q3. What mode of public transport are we focusing on?

Basically, all of them. We would expect the design to be as flexible and context independent as possible.


Q4. I’m interested. What do I do now?

All you need to do is click on register button above or visit


Q5. Why do I need to pay?

We ask for registration fee to ensure that only serious participants take part. Apart from that, it helps us bear logical expenses.


Q6. Can me and my friends participate as a group?

Yes you can. Choice for both Individual or team participation is available. But in case of team, maximum number of participants are restricted to 5.


Q7. Competition registration page does not ask for my team mates details. What do I do?

In the registration page, you're only required to provide details of team leader or any 1 team member. However at time of submission, you'll need to enter details of all team members on our platform.


Q8. How do I confirm my registration?

Once you confirm your registration, you’ll need to send the copy of payment invoice to Following that, you'll receive a confirmation mail withing 2 days. We also provide our participants a best practice guideline from UNI which is summary of best presentation techniques for you to follow. It surely will improve your chances of winning. See the awards for winning entries here.


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Q11. Do you have any other competitions too?

Yes, we do! Our ongoing competitions include ‘Breaking Work’ – an architectural design competition & ‘Hyperlocal’ – an urban design competition. Apart from that we have 'FDA - Furniture Design Awards'. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to know about our upcoming competitions.


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