IFDA Furniture Competition 2008


1085 entries from 50 countries.
Images and exhibition information

Gold Leaf(Innovation)
「Barca」Jakob Joergensen (Denmark)

Gold Leaf(Form & Function)
「HORN CHAIR」Toshihiro Kawada(Japan) 

Silver Leaf
「meditation」Sehwa Bea(Korea)

Bronze Leaf
「SDB001」Fumio Enomoto(Japan)
「SHEEP chair」Tetsuro Yokota(Japan)
「LEAF Chair」Senichiro Watanabe(Japan)   
「Chair 44」Mattias Karisson, Erik Bjork(Sweeden)
「BUREAU」Martin Holzapfel(Germany)


Asahikawa is a trading center of high quality lumber, the theme is "Wooden furniture".

Category Other Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International Furniture Design Competition
Genre Furniture
Country Japan
Registration Deadline 07 Dec 2007 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 07 Dec 2007 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

We think that furniture is essential in our daily lives. At the same time, it represents lifestyles. Thus, we believe, furniture should be well-designed and equipped to deal with the new needs of consumers.We also think that seen as a universal design, designs must keep up with the changing society and environment and should express new relationships between human beings and their lives, between human beings and furniture as well as between human beings and the environment. We believe that designs should contribute to the creation of a better life and society.
Representation at this competition is not only for the purpose of being awarded prizes, but also to introduce a fresh current of designs into the Asahikawa furniture industry. Moreover, some of the works of the winners and finalists of past competitions have been commercialized by furniture makers. We are determined to make the utmost effort to commercialize more works of winners and finalists of the competition.
We hope that we can produce furniture in Asahikawa that will be treasured for a long time by both users and makers alike. We are looking forward to seeing your wonderful designs which will enable us to realize our dream.

Motomi Kawakami (designer, Japan)
Naoto Fukasawa (designer, Japan)
Noritsugu Oda (professor at Hokkaido Tokai University, Japan)
Peter Maly (designer, Germany)
Gunilla Allard (designer, Sweden)
Yeoh-Hang Yoon (designer and university professor, Korea)
Minoru Nagahara (chairman of the IFDA Organizing Committee, Japan)

Competition Type
Two-Stage (The preliminary selection is anonymous.)

Gold Leaf (1): ¥3,000,000
Silver Leaf (2): ¥1,000,000
Bronze Leaf (5): ¥300,000

Entry Fee
Registration on the Internet: 5,000yen for each entry
Registration by post: 6,000yen for each entry

The preliminary selection: maximum 6 color photos (approximately 90mm×130mm)
The main selection: full-scale prototypes ( made by furniture makers in Asahikawa or make by myself / if made by funiture makers, submit both full-size and detailed plans of the designs. / The sponsor will bear all costs of making the prototypes in Asahikawa.)

The preliminary selection: Early-February, 2008 (Thirty-five works will be chosen to proceed to the next stage. Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process by letter or e-mail by mid-February, 2008.)
The main selection: Early-May, 2008 (The thirty-five applicants will be notified of the results of the main selection process by letter or e-mail by mid-May, 2008.)
The exhibition of winners' and finalists' works: June 2008 ( Place: Asahikawa Furniture Center)

Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative Office

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