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KOKUYO Design Award 2022

KOKUYO Design Award 2022

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Applications for KOKUYO Design Award 2022. The KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD is an international product design competition that’s all about imagining and creating the future together. It gathers proposals from all around the world and turns outstanding entries into commercial products.

The contest received a total of 1,401 entries from 58 countries all around the world last year and has made 20 past award winners into commercial products to date. Through the design of things that are familiar to everyone, the competition aims to give form to the possibilities of design and the power of products.

Theme: Unlearning

The world is about to undergo a drastic change. Will it be economics, science, information, or the power of creativity that will topple the old framework? Creating a new norm and determining the shape of the future in a place far away from the human senses is too restrictive. Design can defy, design can criticize, design can show diversity, and even destroy knowledge and ideals. Let’s rebuild the relationship between objects and design by focusing once again on the truth that no one has ever doubted. When society, ideas, people, and lifestyles are in turmoil, there are no absolutes. The grand design lies beyond “UNLEARNING”.


  • One Grand Pix winner will receive ¥2,000,000 (about $18,000).
  • Three Merit Award winners from all entries will receive ¥500,000 (about $4,500)
  • Special prizes may be awarded.
  • Not all prizes may be awarded for all categories if there is no winner selected.
  • Prize money will be paid net of withholding tax, surtax for reconstruction funding, and other applicable deductions.
  • The amount shown in dollars is that calculated at the time of publication. The prize will be calculated according to the exchange rate at the time of payment, from the amount shown in the Japanese yen.


  • The competition accepts entries from any corporation, individual, or group that fulfills all the following requirements, regardless of their age, sex, occupation, or nationality.
  • Persons who are able to give a presentation at the final judging (March 12, 2022).
  • The contest organizer will pay expenses incurred by participants for travel and lodging (up to two individuals for group entries).
  • Persons who consent to these Rules.
  • In cases when an entrant is a minor, the consent of their parent or other statutory agent is required.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 October,2021
Open toAll



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