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The Competition 2015



Supporting talents and identifying trends and visions of tomorrow through new ways of thinking – this is the declared objective of the International Design Award that takes place every two years and is organised by Hettich and REHAU.



The competition invites design students from all over the world to create forward-looking, innovative and unusual solutions in furniture design and furniture-making. The proposals entered may represent a single item of furniture or an entire furniture system whilst standing apart from classic applications.



Be ready and join one of the largest international design challenge for students – worldwide!

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Conditions of Participation International Design Award 2015
Documentaton International Design Award 2015

The Task

Take furniture to the next level

Take your chance and participate in the 10th edition of the International Design Award. Let your imagination run free, think outside the box and create a future-oriented, innovative and unique furniture solution for kitchen, office, living room or bedroom (furniture, cabinet, furnishing, system). With its design as well as its technical intelligence, your entry should ease the future conflict of living and working spaces. While doing so consider at least one of the following attributes:

Ambience & Design

Essence of the entry is a novel, extraordinary or in some way special design and includes the overall look of the furniture (such as surface, material, feel, shape) and its environment (such as light or accessories).

Flexibility of Design

Is the furniture designed to adapt its appearance to individual situations or users?

Flexibility of Functionality

Is the furniture designed to adapt its functionality to individual situations or users, for example through its technology or surfaces?

Ergonomics & Convenience

Is the furniture designed to improve processes or sequences of movement of a human being in his living or working space?

Space Optimization

Is the furniture designed to increase the (storage) space in a living or working area cleverly by using inaccessible areas?

Communication & Information

Does the designed furniture feature an intelligent interface to connect to the information system of a living or work space, for example by using interactive surfaces, fittings or furnishings to operate and control?

Sustainability & Energy Efficiency

Is the furniture design characterized by an exceptional resource-saving or energy-efficient technology?

Demographic & Young vs. Old

Can the furniture be used to ease the conflict of living areas of young and old people considering their different needs, so that – through its technology or surface – it is not only tailored to one age group?

Prizes to win



Three winners will be selected by an independent jury. In their assessment the jury will consider the task and takes into consideration the entry‘s quality of presentation. All three winners will each receive a cash prize of € 2,000, the International Design Award trophy and a trip to Germany lasting several days. The trip includes a workshop as well as the visit of Hettich and REHAU company locations. The expenses for travelling and accommodation will be borne by Hettich and REHAU. The Top 50 designs will receive a certificate of participation.



One winner will be selected by company representatives from Hettich and REHAU. In the category company prize an outstanding performance will be awarded that is considering the Hettich as well as the REHAU product range. The winner will receive a design workshop with company representatives from Hettich and REHAU as well as a certificate of participation. 




One winner will be determined by the public among all entries that have been registered for the online votingThe winner will receive a voucher worth € 500 of his choice as well as a certificate of participation. 




The university/ school submitting the most entries to the International Design Award will be rewarded with an amount of € 1,500.


The International Jury

Independent Jury

The entries submitted to the International Design Award 2015 will be assessed by an independent jury of 3 international, well-established personalities with a relevant background in furniture Design. The following criteria will be taken into account in the assessment of the entries:

- Is the design taking the task into consideration?

- Is the idea presented competently (quality of the presentation)?


The jury‘s decisions are final.


Ms. Luisa Robinson

Luisa Robinson comes from Manila, Philippines, where she studied Interior and Industrial Design. Her style represents modern and clear design; at the same time, she likes to combine natural and indigenous materials with modern technologies and applications. She has worked for many companies and brands and recently launched her own range of home accessories under the name Luisa. Robinson’s designs have won many awards for her product design and material innovation.

There are a number of reasons why competitions for students are important to Luisa Robinson: “The students can apply the skills they have learnt in a practical way, showcase the best ideas and thus also improve on them. Moreover, a competition is always good for networking, whether talking to other designers or to companies such as Hettich and REHAU. My tip for students taking part in this year’s International Design Award: be open, research, and not least improve your work as a designer – as there are always several solutions to a problem.” Robinson has been designing furniture for over 20 years, which is exported all over the world. As a member of the jury, she wants to share her experience with the students.


Mr. Gordon Bruce

US American Gordon Bruce has worked as a designer for over 40 years. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in California then began his career at Eliot Noyes Architecture & Industrial Design with customers such as IBM, Cummins, Westinghouse and Mobil. He published a book about Noyes design principles in 2007. In 1985, he became self-employed and worked for well-known companies such as Polaroid, Siemens, Samsung, Porsche Design and GE. As a designer, Bruce has created products for the broadest range of sectors – from computers through furniture to aircraft. Furthermore, he lectures as a guest professor at various universities in the USA, China and Taiwan. Bruce has won several design awards and a number of his designs can be seen in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He himself aspires to a style that eliminates the unnecessary and stands out for simplicity, clarity and elegance.

What motivated him to be involved with the International Design Award as a jury member? Gordon Bruce: “I always find being an adjudicator is like having a bigger window on the design world that stretches in multiple directions.  It not only shows good design, it also shows how the younger generation is thinking – sometimes a real source of inspiration!”


Mr. Max Lamb

For the first time, a former winner of the International Design Award is a member of the jury: Briton Max Lamb won the design award in 2003, when he was in the last year of his bachelors’ degree in 3D Design at Northumbria University in Newcastle. Regarding his visit to Hettich as part of the award presentation, he said: “It was a good opportunity for me as a student to gain a deep insight into the real world of industrial design.” Subsequently, he took his master’s at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, where he now still teaches as a lecturer. “With my work, I help the next generation of designers to understand and explore their own creative process,” Max Lamb explains. After his master’s, the product designer established his own studio in London and works for companies such as Discipline, 1882 Ltd, Lobmeyr, E&Y in Japan and Habitat.

Who can participate?


Participation is open to students enrolled at an university, university of applied sciences, vocational school or any other educational institution with a creative focus. This includes in particular the following faculties: product design, architecture, interior design, art, wood technology and processing. Entries can be submitted by individuals as well as by teams. All team members must comply with the conditions of participation. A supervisor is not required to participate but can be named optionally in the registration. Each individual participant or team can only submit one entry. An already participating individual can no longer participate as a team member, and vice versa, a member of a team can no longer participate as an individual in the competition.

What do I submit?



All participants have to register and upload their entries on The registration needs to contain the following information (*mandatory):

  • first name*,
  • last name*
  • E-mail address*
  • portrait photo of the participant
  • university/ school* faculty*
  • country of the university/ school*
  • semester*
  • approval for publication*
  • approval of rights of use and copyrights*
  • approval for public voting



All participants must submit their entries electronically on including

  • a brief description with a maximum of 1,500 characters
  • one document in pdf format with a maximum of two pages in landscape DINA2 with a file size of less than 10 MB
  • one image in png/ gif/ jpg/ jpeg format with a file size of less than 5 MB (this image of the design can be used for marketing purposes, especially if the design is one of the winners).
  • for public voting up to three images can be uploaded: png/ gif/ jpg/ jpeg format with a file size of less than 2 MB each (participation in the public voting is optional)




The entries will be judged anonymously. Therefore, the entries must not contain any references to the creator or university. Submissions that do not meet these rules will be excluded from the competition. All entries have to be submitted in English (descriptions, additional information, information on the participant). Entries containing all required information must be submitted electronically no later than March 1st, 2015 (23:59 CET). Every entry can only be submitted once.

Dates and Deadlines

June 13th, 2014

Official start of the International Design Award 2015

March 1st, 2015

Deadline for submissions to the International Design Award 2015

March 25th to 27th, 2015

Jury panel (Jury Award) at the REHAU company headquarters in Rehau, Germany

March 28th, 2015

Announcement of the winners of the Jury Award

March 28th, 2015

Start of the online voting (Public Award)

May 11th, 2015

End of the online voting and announcement of the winner (Public Award)

June 2015

Announcement of the winner of the Company Award

September 2015

Trip to Germany (incl. a design workshop in Berlin) for the three winners of the Jury Award and the winner of the Company Award

Copyright and Rights of Usage


The participant confirms that the work submitted is his intellectual property and that the design does not violate any third party rights.

The copyright remains with the author. By submitting the documents the participant allows the competition organizers Hettich and REHAU the free-of-charge unlimited right in terms of time, space and content to use for all submitted contents to the competition, in particular for publication in printed documents, on the internet, in exhibitions and presentations on media, as well as the competition-related communication.

Any publication of the submitted design will name the designer.