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The Competition 2018



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!

Poster International Design Award 2018
Leaflet International Design Award 2018
Presentation International Design Award 2018
Documentaton International Design Award 2015

The Task


What's your Fascin[action]?

Our world is becoming mobile and digital. Living and working styles are changing, space is becoming more valuable. This calls for updates to furniture. We are looking for solutions in the living areas, kitchens, bedrooms, offices, for hotels or shops. Discover new design worlds, gain new storage spaces, let convenient functions evolve, make change your guiding principle.

What’s your Fascin[action]?

Win storage

Gain additional storage spaces. Living space is becoming more and more precious. More and more people are looking for solutions to manage with less living space. How can we use every room as efficiently as possible without overloading it? And thus create new freedom?

Enjoy comfort

Let convenient functions evolve. Home - probably the most important place for a person. Here you can relax, recover from the challenges of everyday life and enjoy free time. With comfortable furniture you can create real well-being dreams. How do furniture become even more ergonomically, more comfortably and more functionally equipped and radiates tranquility?

Feel style

Discover new design trends. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, aesthetic design and ambience are no coincidence. How can demanding design concepts be convincingly realized with innovative and mature technology with extraordinary surfaces, material or haptic?

Advance function

Furniture design adds to differing situations in life by adapting its functionality to individual situations or users, for example through its technology or surfaces. How does the designed furniture feature an interface to connect to the information system of a living or work space?

Prizes to win


The winner will receive an attractive price package:

  • Financial award of € 1,000 / € 500 / € 200 
  • International PR for building a reputation 



The university which submits the most entries will be rewarded with € 1,000.



for all participants.


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 Ferbruary 28 th, 2018 (23:59 CET). Every entry can only be submitted once.

Dates and Deadlines

September 1st, 2017

Official start of the International Design Award 2018

Februar 28th, 2018

Deadline for submissions to the International Design Award 2018

March 15th, 2018

Jury panel, Preselection of Top 30

March 30th, 2018

Jury meeting, Definition of Top 10

April 3rd, 2018

Announcement of Top 10, start of public voting

May 30th, 2018

End of public voting, Announcement of Top 3

September 1st - 30th, 2018


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.