Kokuyo Design Award 2018
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Contest info


The Kokuyo Design Award is a competition to attract beautifully functional product designs, taking the best of the best to the actual consumer market, enhancing design as a value and supports the production of items loved by the user. Theme for the 2018 edition is "Beyond Boundaries". There are countless boundaries in this world. Countries. Languages. Culture. Gender. Age and class. All kinds of boundaries that used to make a distinction between "here" and "there" now either no longer play that role or are trying to change their definition in this diverse society. Working and living. Connections between people. Social status. Family structure. Every form of relationship changes each time these boundaries change.What kind of tool nurtures, revives, and strengthens those relationships, and what kind of design will it be? Entry eligibility is limited to those designs never before shown publicly (in Japan and other countries). Multiple submissions are allowed.

Number of winners





Industrial Design


Product Design

Start date

22 June 2018  -  18 January 2019


22 June 2018  -  31 August 2018


31 August 2018  -  15 November 2018



The best entry will be awarded with a Grand Prix of 2,000,000 Japanese Yen (approx. 18,190 USD). Three Merit awards of 500,000 Japanese Yen each (approx. 4,545 USD) will also be announced. Prize-winning designs may be adapted to commercial products. Winners may be asked to participate in meetings to assess the commercial viability of their products.

General rules


Any stationery, furniture or tool used in working, learning and living scenes will be accepted. Corporations, organizations, individuals, and group are all welcome, regardless of age, sex, professional background, or nationality. Persons able to make a presentation at final judging (secondary judging) in Tokyo. (January 18, 2018)*. Judging criteria includes searching for the best design which:

  • Proposes new values
  • Suggests life scenes
  • Has the potential to become a product

You can enter with JPEG or PDF. If you choose to go by with JPEG, you will have to make sure the size is 3508x4961 pixels (Width:Height) with a 300dpi resolution and RGB color mode. If you decide to enter with PDFs, then you can apply with a maximum of one A3 size page, portrait orientation (297 mm x 420 mm). Both files should be maximum 5MB. Submission Requirements:https://www.kokuyo.com/en/award/2018/submissions/ Additional Information: http://www.kokuyo.com/en/award/2018/requirements/index.html#entry * The contest organizer will pay expenses incurred by participants for travel and lodging (up to two individuals for group entries).


Age restriction: 1 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide