KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2021 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ( FULLY-FUNDED TO TOKYO + CASH PRIZES)
The KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD is an international competition for user-centric design,
where the best of the best are actually turned into products for the consumer market.
The world became new while we were totally unprepared for it. Before we are given time to think carefully about things, what we like, dislike, agree with, disagree with, our once-familiar everyday life continues to change. So we try to catch up with the changes, and in our rush, many ideas spring up and disappear. What’s important in product design now is to try to face the things around us anew. To take a deep look at the value of continuing to be lastingly and broadly loved. To end not only with an idea, but to think through every detail, to be persistent, and give shape to a product.
Grand Prix (1 winner) 2,000,000 Yen
( about $18,000)
Merrit awards ( 3 winners) 500,000 Yen
Any stationery, furniture or tool used in working, learning and living scenes
The competition accepts entries from any corporation, individual, or group that fulfils all the following requirements, regardless of their age, sex, occupation, or nationality.
1. Persons able to make a presentation at final judging (secondary judging) in Tokyo. (March 13, 2021)
* The contest organizer will pay expenses incurred by participants for travel and lodging (up to two individuals for group entries).
2. Those who consent to these Rules.
* In cases when an entrant is a minor, the consent of their parent or other statutory agent is required.
The design’s interpretation of the theme
The design’s level of completion
The design’s potential to become a product