The KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD will be the 17th time the competition is held since its founding in 2002, and many of the winning designs have gone on to become successful products. There was a total of 1,289 submitted entries for the previous competition (16th), and with over 40% of the entries submitted from countries other than Japan, it has truly grown as an international product design competition.
THEME ♡ :
The theme for this competition is “♡”.
We have deliberately not defined the reading of “♡”. How to read and interpret this symbol is completely up to the applicant to decide. We would like you to allow your imagination to flow as freely as possible as you think about the expectations contained within “♡”.
How would you read this theme?
Love, passion, bonds, cuteness,
hope, attachment, feelings, life.
An idea to transform
and lighten up this world.
A design that moves your heart
the moment you see it, the moment you touch it.
What is ♡ ?
Try giving shape
to the answer you have found.
Is there any fee for participation
No, there is no fee for participation.
ِDeadline: october 18th, 2019
Award announcements : March 14, 2020
“Any stationery, furniture or tool used in working, learning and living scenes” are eligible. As all tools used in everyday life are eligible, and not just stationery and furniture which are KOKUYO’s main product categories, we expect more flexible ideas.
Who can enter ?
The competition accepts entries from any corporation, individual, or group that fulfills all the following requirements, regardless of their age, sex, occupation, or nationality.
– Grand Prix (one from all entries) ¥2,000,000 (about $18,000)
– Merit Award (three from all entries) ¥500,000 (about $4,500) / winner