Applications Open for KOKUYO Design Award 2024

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The Kokuyo Design Award is an international competition for product design that aims to co-create with talented designers and support their activities.

Since its establishment, excellent product designs have been selected from entries that represent current social conditions, and award-winning works have been turned into commercial products through co-creation between KOKUYO developers and the award winners.

By delivering designs to the world that breathe new life into the tools we regularly use in our daily lives and at work as reliable products, KOKUYO aims to support the future activities of designers and at the same time, bring you a tomorrow you can’t wait for.

More than 20 years have passed since the founding of the award, and more than 20 products have been created to date. It is continuing to evolve as a project that conveys value reflecting the times, and not simply as something to be selected and awarded.


  • The Kokuyo Design Award 2024, with its theme “primitive”, is looking for product designs that will remain as the essentials in the future by going back to fundamental quality of our familiar tools used in working, learning, and living.


  • Grand Prix (one winner): ¥2,000,000 (about $14,200)
  • Merit Award (three winners): ¥500,000 (about $3,500) per winner
  • New Generation Award (Max ten winners): ¥30,000 (about $210) per winner


  • Corporations, organizations, individuals, and groups are all welcome, regardless of age, gender, professional background, or nationality.
  • Only designs that have never before been shown publicly (in Japan or other countries) are eligible for entry.

Judging Criteria

  • The idea’s clarity
  • The idea highlights social issues
  • The design’s potential to become a product

How To Apply

Individuals and groups who wish to enter a design for the award must:

  • Register Your Entrant Information
  • Register Design Information
  • Submit Design

Click Here To Apply

For more information, visit Kokuyo Design Award.

Application Deadline: October 11, 2023

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