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8th International Design Award 2011

1 October 2010 will see the starting signal fired for registrations for the 8th International Design Award 2011. The re-structured concept for the largest student design competition simplifies participation and rewards universities setting and submitting a term/semester project assignment.

Open to students of architecture and design, the competition for the first time also invites entire seminars or groups to take part.

Students in any country enrolled at an educational institution with a faculty of furniture design and/or construction are eligible to enter.


The International Design Award 2011 is looking for interior designs as well as furniture concepts and systems that best meet the requirements of the next decade. The competition assignment relates to the three areas of living room and bedroom, kitchen and food preparation as well as office workplaces.

The adjudicators will be searching for innovative, multifunctional and creative designs that stand apart from classic applications. In terms of both design and technical intelligence, the solutions entered are to resolve the ‘tug of war’ in tomorrow’s home and work environment.

Entries are invited for three areas from the home and working environment:

  • Living rooms & bedrooms
  • Kitchens and food preparation areas
  • Offices


The five best designs will receive the International Design Award sculpture. Each of the winning students will also be given prize money of €2,000. The awards will be presented at a ceremony organised at the university or college of those winning the award by Hettich and REHAU in conjunction with the educational institution.

The best 50 designs will also receive a certificate.


  • Open to students of architecture and design, the competition for the first time also invites entire seminars or groups to take part.
  • The proposals entered may embody a single item of furniture or an entire furniture system while standing apart from classic applications.
  • Solutions should be innovative, multifunctional and creative.
  • The official language of the International Design Award is English.

How to enter?

Starting from 1 October 2010, students are requested to send in their designs including a short description electronically.

Two PDF-files with a max. of 10 MB are allowed to be uploaded. The names of the educational institution and the students should not appear on the designs. Anonymity is essential for objective evaluation by the jury. Entries that do not conform with this rule will be excluded from the competition.