The 2018 Incisal Edge Design Contest sponsored by Herman Miller, running for a fifth consecutive year, aims to reward creativity and innovation. We've invited a blue ribbon panel of judges, who will select the top designs, and provide their thoughts on each.

Today’s Dental Design, which celebrates designs at three established dental practices in three different categories: 1. Specialty Practice, 2. New Construction, or 3. Repurposed Practice. Each winner will receive:

 - an Aeron Chair valued at $3,000 provided by Herman Miller
 - a professional photo session for their practice
 - a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue
 - bragging rights for eternity

Today's Dental Design Rules:

 1. You may not enter an office in more than one category.

 2. Upload a minimum of 6 photos of the nominated office (exterior, reception, operatory, consult room, sterilization center, equipment) to help our judges assess the space. Make sure the photos are in focus and high quality (.jpg file/300 ppi), and best represent the features of the nomination category.

 3. Upload a floor plan of the nominated office. (PDF or .jpg accepted/300 ppi)

General Contest Instructions:
Select one category below and complete the corresponding nomination form by September 4, 2017 and September 25, 2017 respectively. You may not enter an office in more than one category. Entries for the Incisal Edge Design Awards will be accepted until September 4, 2017 for Today's Dental Design for Existing Practices and until September 25, 2017 for Design of the Future. Then a juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs and practices.

Who Can Enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow.

  • Grand prize winner will receive:

    • $2,000 prize
    • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue
  • Second and Third prize winners will receive:

    • $500 prize
    • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue


Fill out the nomination form below by Monday, September 25, 2017. You may not enter an existing dental office.

Project Brief:

Download Blank Floor Plan Here!

Use the following scenario:  a 3-operatory pop-up dental practice on a college campus in an urban center of South Carolina, with 1500 square feet.

I have decided to break free from the traditional, the static, what everyone else has or is doing. 

My patients are going to experience an office of the future -- in equipment, service, and most especially office design. Of particular focus: a very efficient working environment. A warm and positive patient experience is a must.

I’m searching for a designer who shares my visions, who can create the future and deliver a patient and staff experience never before seen in our industry.

My Budget -- generous, so the possibilities can be endless. Keep in mind that simplicity and elegance can be the genesis of beautiful design.    My space must be functional, with a minimum of two operatories and support space to provide superior care - but don't let that not limit you. How do the walls integrate with the rest of the structure and its surroundings? Consider the operatory cabinetry and the placement of the delivery system. Not in absolute detail but give consideration for how I will function in that space, my movements,  actions,  needs.

Your Goal: Show me your vision for the dental office of the future using floor plans and three-dimensional renderings that showcase colors and textures.  Extra points for thinking outside the box.


Design a practice of the future:

Please include graphics that show how your project will look and how it will be constructed. The most important aspect is clarity. Please make sure these pages are labeled with the name of your proposed design. All submissions are welcome, but your chances of winning increase with a more detailed entry. We encourage 2-3 renderings, 1 floor plan, 1 additional construction document or drawing, 1 presentation board with concept images and interior finishes.


Incorporate the following parameters into your design:

1. Functionality: the design should be inherently geared towards the daily operations of the dental office, with emphasis and thought placed on circulation and routine activities. Spaces that should be included in your plan are: reception room, reception desk, consultation room, three operatories, x-ray/digital imaging area, sterilization area, private office, staff lounge, restroom, mechanical room, storage.

  • Incorporate 70-80% HermanMiller furnishings in reception and consultation areas, staff lounge and private office.

Pelton & Crane – (Cabinets, Chairs, Delivery Systems, Lights)
Midmark –( Cabinets, Chairs, Delivery Systems, Lights)
Modular & Custom Cabinets (Cabinets)
Forest Dental (Chairs, Delivery Systems, Lights)
DCI Edge (Chairs, Delivery Systems, Lights)
Symmetry (Cabinets)
Ergonomic Products (Cabinets, Chairs, Delivery Systems, Lights)
DentalEZ Equipment (Cabinets, Chairs, Delivery Systems, Lights)
Royal (Chairs)
Proma (Delivery Systems)
Biotec (Cabinets)
Integrated Laminate Systems (Cabinets)

2. Form: the design should utilize an integrated structural system that can be replicated in some manner

Prize Structure: To challenge the best designer in the industry I’ve decided to offer this contest with awards for First, Second and Third place. First Place entry will garner $2,000. Second and Third Place entries will garner $500 each.  Work alone or in teams, sharing the prize money.  Winning designs will be featured in the industry’s leading lifestyle publication, Incisal Edge magazine (Winter Edition).

Dental professionals, architects, interior designers.

 - Show best new, remodeled or expanded facility.
 - Please explain the technical aspects, along with the design appeal.
 - We also welcome patient reviews
 - Expand on how function and design affect clients.

Fill out the nomination form below by Monday, September 4, 2017.

 Dental professionals, architects, interior designers.

 - Illustrates the best new facility designed from the ground up.
 - What is the overall square footage of the renovation?
 - What was the budget for the project?
 - Please provide cost per square foot.

Fill out the nomination form below by Monday, September 4, 2017.

 - Dental professionals, architects, interior designers.

 - Illustrates the best complete makeover or remodel of an existing facility
 - What was the space originally intended for, and how are you using it now?

Fill out the nomination form below by Monday, September 4, 2017.