Award Selection

  • 2019


    Application period

    From Saturday, June 1st to Thursday, October 31st, 2019 midnight Japan time

    The preliminary selection process on the basis of submitted images and the main selection process based on full-scale prototypes is carried out by IFDA competition judges.

  • 2019


    Preliminary selection process

    Date: December, 2019

    25 works will be chosen to proceed to the next stage on the basis of the submitted photos and the product outline given in the application.

    All the applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process by e-mail by the end of December, 2019.

    The applicants whose design proposals are selected for main evaluation will decide, before going into the main selection process, whether they will have full-scale prototypes made by a furniture manufacturer in Asahikawa or will make their own prototypes. If the organizer judges that the prototype cannot be produced by a manufacturer in Asahikawa, the applicant will need to submit their own prototype.

    Making the prototypes in Asahikawa

    The applicants will submit both full-size and detailed plans of the designs. They will be informed of the due date after the preliminary selection.

    The organizer will bear all costs of making the prototypes in Asahikawa.

    The applicants will bear correspondence expenses and traveling expenses when they voluntarily visit Asahikawa for discussions on this matter.

    Submitting own prototypes

    Applicants who wish to submit their own prototypes to the main evaluation process can forward their prototypes to the IFDA Organizing Committee for judgment. They will be informed of the date and how to forward the prototypes after the preliminary selection.

    If the prototype is not received by the deadline, the applicant will be disqualified.

    The applicants will bear all costs of making and transporting the prototypes to the IFDA Organizing Committee.

    Showing Design Submissions to Manufacturers

    In order to give market exposure for the entries which are not selected for main evaluation, we will show the photos to furniture manufacturers in and around Asahikawa with the designers’ permission and their right guaranteed (there will be no exhibition of the photos). Please indicate your preference by checking YES or NO on the application form.

  • 2020


    Main selection process

    Date: March, 2020

    The judges will examine the 25 full-scale prototypes and select 3 winners and finalists from them.

    The 25 applicants will be notified of the results of the main selection process by e-mail by the end of March 2020.


    Sou Fujimoto (Architecture)

    Masaaki Hiromura (Graphic Designer)

    Anne Louise Sommer(Museum director, adjunct professor Design museum Denmark, Denmark)

    Tucker Viemeister (Industrial Designer, America)

    Michael Young (Product Designer, UK)

    Awards (1 award each)

    Gold Leaf ¥3,000,000

    Silver Leaf (Minoru Nagahara Prize)  ¥1,000,000

    Bronze Leaf ¥300,000

    Note:tax is included in the awards.

  • 2020


    Exhibition of Winners’ and Finalists’ Works

    Exhibition / Asahikawa Design Week 2020

    Display time / June, 2020

    Exhibition hall / Asahikawa Design Center

    *Please note that the exhibition may be held in places other than the above.

    Return of works

    The 3 award-winning works and those works made by manufacturer in Asahikawa shall NOT be returned and will become the property of the IFDA organizing committee.

    All forwarded works (except the 3 award-winning works) shall be returned when all exhibitions related on the IFDA 2020 have finished. The organizer will bear all costs of transporting the works back to the applicants.


    Entry works that violate the following conditions shall be disqualified. When a violation is discovered after the result of the selection process is announced, the applicant may lose all rights to the competition.

    The entry must not violate the application qualification rules.

    The entry must not have an identical or highly similar design to any work previously announced to the public. The entry must not violate copyrights, patents and other related rights of other registered products.


    IFDA Organizing Committee
    Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative

    1-35, Nagayama 2-10, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 079-8412 Japan

    Tel: 81-166-47-0655 Fax: 81-166-48-4749



Organizer / International Furniture Design Fair Asahikawa Organizing Committee
●Asahikawa City ●Higashikagura Town ●Higashikawa Town ●Asahikawa Chamber of Commerce & Industry ●Higashikagura Town Society Commerce & Industry ●Higashikawa Town Society Commerce & Industry ●Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative ●Northern Hokkaido Regional Promotion Center of Local Industries in Asahikawa ●Asahikawa Industry Research Center ●Asahikawa Cabinetmaker’s Cooperative ●Asahikawa District Wood Association ●Asahikawa Forest Producer’s Cooperative ●Asahikawa Craft Association ●Asahikawa Craft Design Association ●Asahikawa Advertisement Design Council ●Asahikawa Shinkin Bank ●Hokkaido University of Education, Asahikawa Campus ●Asahikawa University ●National Institute of Technology, Asahikawa College ●Hokkaido Research Organization, Forest Research Department, Forest Products Research Institute ●Hokkaido Prefectural Asahikawa Technical Training School ●Hokkaido Research Organization, Building Research Department, Northern Regional Building Research Institute ●Asahikawa Design Association

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