Announcement of award winners


Joy of Design

Out of the 444 entries in total, the following works have won the awards. Reflecting a consensus of the judges, a work has been selected for the Encouragement Award just as last year.
* The details of award-winning works will be posted on our official website in late December.

Total number of entries: 444 works
Initially screened works: 70 works
Shortlisted works: 27 works (including the award-winning works)
*The works that passed the second round of judgment were placed on the shortlist.

Grand Prize1 million yen product commercialization

『 Falling Shadow 』 Sho Ohtani

This work is inspired from the leaf shadows on Shoji; Japanese traditional sliding paper door. Though incorporating Japanese artistic element, this design could easily fit in western style interior space such as lobbies and cocktail lounges.
Comment from award winner
I am working as a graphic/textile designer at an apparel brand. To encourage myself and open up a new area of design, I applied for the event. The work comes from an image of the shadows of trees that are reflected on Shoji; Japanese traditional sliding paper door. Being modernized, the design could be used in any kind of space.

Award for Excellence500,000 yen

『 komorebi 』 Erica

I tried to capture the moment that the soft sunshine filtering through foliage reflected on a wall. I carefully made the design to keep both calm feeling and spontaneous movement of composition so that you could feel like being exposed to gently filtered sunlight whether when you are alone or together with your friends.
Comment from award winner
The design makes you feel as if you are in a comfy sun-kissed spot. Not overdone, not over-assertive, the image would brace space tenderly and playing a supporting role. I am very happy to have heard that this work had won an award.

Honorable Mention200,000 yen

『 reflection 』 Hinako Shimoda (THE UNIVERSITY OF SHIGA PREFECTURE)

Comment from award winner
I study about dwelling space in a living space science department at university. Concept of my work is the reflection of light. Varying with hours and seasons, sunlight from the window gets reflected differently on walls, giving different shades and impressions. In office break rooms, for example, this design would remind us an extraordinary time shift.

『 Decay from the whole 』 Yu Tsubuku
Piskunova Elizaveta Olegovna

Comment from award winner
Letting organically moving curves drift together and apart, this wallpaper design choreographs space as if wrapped around by the motion of a natural phenomenon. I would like to continue this collaboration.

『 gradation 』 TAKESHI NAGATA (eleven nine interior design office)

Comment from award winner
I aimed at space in which people could stay long hours without getting bored. Giving gradations to wooden texture, the design would develop some illusion in whole.

Encouragement Award100,000 yen

『 draw a line 』 Ryo Kono (Musashino Art University)

Comment from award winner
An idea occurred to me from Ukiyo-e; a genre of Japanese art of Tokugawa period. Take a look at the expression of rain and thunder in Ukiyo-e, the dynamism and length of lines gives the depth of space on the picture. Thus my work is composed of three types of lines, different in thickness and tilt, would show a bamboo grove at one time and traditional Japanese landscape at other times.

Shortlisted works

The works that passed the second round of judgment were placed on the shortlist.

  • 『 Tsutsumareru kimoti 』Manaka Hasegawa
  • 『 Night and moon 』Naho Harada
  • 『 shimi-ful 』Kazuaki Matsui
  • 『 being 』Choko Nakazono
  • 『 HAJIKI 』Kaori Agematsu
  • 『 rosée 』Shigeru Yamada
  • 『 glitter Triangle 』Takayuki Sakai
  • 『 KUMIKO 』Baptiste Bernard
  • 『 Pain-tastic! 』Makiko Nakashima
  • 『 Tropical Forest 』Sei Maruhashi
  • 『 Stitch 』Sei Maruhashi
  • 『 Utsurou 』Naho Ueno/Chihiro Handa/Masaki Asou
  • 『 Trace 』HyeLim LEE
  • 『 spin 』Asuka Takahashi
  • 『 drop square 』Yohei Oki(side inc.)
  • 『 Helmiäinen ‘Pearly’ 』Tanja Kallio
  • 『 Trace of crack 』Eri Agano
  • 『 fog 』Haruna Nakamura
  • 『 conduct 』Yoshifumi Tara
  • 『 Iris 』Sho Ohtani
  • 『 Shining 』Kaho Mino


Review comments of the judges

Nao Taniyama(President and Representative Director of NAO Taniyama & Associates, Creative Director)
My usual work is related to interior design. From the standpoint of my profession, I reviewed the works. In my jobs, I have been feeling that the wallpaper products are playing different roles in those days when compared to before because of the technological innovations. For this event too, I focused on such trend, searching not only for perfectness in techniques and designs, but also in potentials and future variations. Although still rough cutting in concept, I could touch on the zeitgeist and find some interesting designs.
Ryosuke Uehara (Representative of KIGI Co., Ltd., Creative Director/Art Director)
From the viewpoint of a graphic designer, I faced with the works for the beauty and impact of design. Probably with Japanese living space in mind, a majority of entries were focused on tranquil atmosphere. I am not sure about is it because of the ratio of college-student applicants or the reviewing system, I felt there could be more better way to have attractive presentation and worried at the beginning. However, I did reviewing with the mind to discover something unusual, then I found some are still rough yet attractive. At the later stage I enjoyed screening and reviewing. Narrowed down, excellent works were shortlisted. Future challenges, I think, are how to promote impact and perfection. With this in mind, it would be necessary to rethink of the review plans, guidelines and criteria.
Yoko Ando (Representative of Yoko Ando Design, Textile Designer and Coordinator)
This was my first experience of reviewing wallpaper designs. This opportunity reminds me that how close wallpaper products are to me. Unlike textiles, in my jobs, there are some different visions, impressions and roles. Through the review stages and discussions, I was favorably affected for my evaluations and opinions. “Joy of Design” brought me back to the starting point and any single factor such as the first impressions nor the majority vote wasn’t drove the final decision.
Shosuke Yasuda(CEO of Sangetsu Corporation)
* Chairman of Judging Committee
I strongly feel that the entry designs this year are higher in quality than the previous ones. In so doing, we have also needed to select an impactful Grand Prize. The work “Falling Shadow” attracted our attention and has a potential as commercial product including digital print. This award has an important play to discover unknown designers. Commercialization aside, we are looking forward to expand the wallpaper potentials.


Round-table discussion among the judges held.

At the November 28 ceremony, a round-table discussion among the judges has also been held.

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Awards ceremony held.

On November 28, the “Third Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards” ceremony has been given at Sangetsu Shinagawa Showroom.

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Works under review.

We have held the third “Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards” this year. During the 3-month application period, as many as 444 entries haven sent to us.

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Nov. 28, 2019

Judges’ round-table discussion held

Moderator: Makoto Oikawa

First of all, could you give us your comments and feedbacks throughout the whole process.

Taniyama: I am working as an interior designer that mainly specialized in hotels, restaurants and so on. On my jobs, I always feel changes in the environment of the times and the progress of technology. I was reviewing the works, considering how wallpaper will play its role in space.

Apart from the quality of works, I found some of them have potential and inspiring. I feel this opportunity became a very good experience for myself. “Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards” indicates that there is a lot of varied works with challenging spirits and they achieved far-reaching development.

Uehara: At the initial review stage, I felt that the works are not impactful enough. However, I found myself somewhat uncertain about the importance of the impact. I reconsidered that viewpoint because Japanese space is often surrounded with tranquility and whiteness. In this way, I think an imaginative skill for taking a look at more delicate, indiscernible changes and effects would be searched for in my mind.

On the other hand, the way to make a presentation may be an open question. How you give a presentation makes a big difference. The reviewing process needed an imagination to me as I don’t work in spatial design field in usual.

Ando: The judges are from different positions and professional ability. Which means that we stood on different points of view and evaluation axes. Listening to their opinions, I was unsure about some points of evaluation process because I usually work on spatial design and I focused on how wallpapers would affect to the space and how it would look as the design as whole.

At that time, the motto “Joy of Design” came big to my mind. Rather than the conservative way of thinking, it would be better to select the ideas for the wallpaper that would help to make the living joyful and lively. At the final stage, I am sure of achieving that objective.

Mr. Yasuda, you are the only judge among the members since the first awards event. Do you feel any change?

Yasuda: This year we had received 444 entries. My impression is that the works are going higher and higher in level. 43.6 % of the entries came from students, which are also higher than before.

The other creators are active in their different fields, and showed their interest and submitted their works. With this in mind, I appreciate the potential of wallpaper has been expanded, that is to say, the idea of the awards event.

Among the award-winning works, do you have comments on your recommendation or curiosity?

Taniyama: The Grand Prize-winning “Falling Shadow” shows us not just the original idea of shadow but also the sublimation up to wallpaper design. The pattern have powerful impression and not limited to the mediocre expression of shadow.

Uehara: It is a surprise of using the black color, simple choice but sophisticated. Choose this strong color without any hesitation was a stunning idea.

Any other comments for the other works?

Uehara: The Award for Excellence-winning “komorebi” does not take a brand-new motif. However, the presentation is good and I feel her ingenious skill. I impressed by the details of refined lines in the Award-winning “Decay from the whole”. I think this design could be used both in Japanese-style and Western-style rooms.

Ando: I feel that the Award-winning “gradation” is a design which could talk directly to the space. This reminds me of the painting process on wooden wall substrate at building sites. In my personal opinion, it tells an aesthetic of story from bare walls to finished ones. When I look at the Award-winning “Reflection” enlarged at the venue, I felt the blank is beautiful. We tend to look at colorful parts of this work but the design carefully considers planar configuration.


Nov. 28, 2019

Awards ceremony held

On November 28, “The Third Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards” ceremony was held at Sangetsu Shinagawa Showroom. This time, we invited not just the award winners but also the finalists on the shortlist. In so doing, we thought, the reviewing and discussion stages would be better understood.
We exhibited the award-winning works in large scale panels to let viewers to experience the real wallpaper scale with their design.

The awards went to varied people in different fields; from students to professionals, in architecture, fashion, graphic and other area. It is not rare for this event to awarding entries from abroad. This diversity helps to bring the wallpaper design beyond stereotype and spread new ideas outside the box.

A new approach is that the general comments of the judges are presented in a round-table discussion style. Mr. Makoto Oikawa of Bamboo Media kindly accepted the post of moderator. The session was going on in a lively way sometimes with big smiles and laughter. The judges gave comments not just on the award-winning works but on the shortlisted ones, which provided different standpoints in reviewing.

Go to the round-table discussion report

After the ceremony, a photo session and reception were held. With reporters from the media included, lively conversations were heard among the judges, award-winners and those on the shortlist here and there in the venue. The shortlisted works as well as the past commercialized award-winning works were also on display, which made this event much more glamorous.


Oct. 8, 2019

Review meeting held.

This year, we are happy to have had the third “Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards”. As many as 444 works had been sent to us during the 3-month application period. In particular, more and more entries from abroad had come to us with applications from 12 foreign countries. More college students sent their works, which lets us know that the event is widely known to many challenging young people.

Three new judges we invited were leading experts who actively participate in various fields; interior design for hotel, art direction, and textile design for architecture. They gave us fresh and wide-ranging perspectives to the submissions. Each judge screening the great works one by one with enthusiasm in a tense atmosphere.

70 works had passed the first screening in the morning. In the afternoon, they were reviewed and criticized. Lively discussions occurred and the judges listened others comment with an appreciation to hear different evaluations and viewpoints. During the lunch break, the judges visited Sangetsu’s archive room and met past wallpaper products that reflect past generations. Refreshed from such an archive tour, they promoted better understanding of wallpaper designs and transferred enthusiasm up to the final choice.

In the final review, the significance of “Grand Prize” was carefully discussed. In addition to the techniques and beauty as an artistic work, the potential and joy of design under the “Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards” motto was taken into account. The Grand Prize-winning “Falling Shadow” is dynamic, whereas the prize-getting “Reflection” seems still rough yet attractive. As we are in an age of technology and any shapes and forms are able to create with computer, the evaluations for this selection seemed to focus on works which appealing the existence of creators.


Competition Overview

Sangetsu provides interior decorating materials for various spaces, such as homes, commercial facilities, offices, hotels and medical care and welfare facilities in order to share the joy of designing spaces with people.
We do not just supply interior decorating materials but we preserve the design materials to bring joy and comfort to the space. This is the idea that underlies the role of Sangetsu Corporation in the society, and we have strived to create rich lifestyle and culture under our brand concept “Joy of Design.”

As a part of our corporate activities, we launched Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards in 2017.
We convinced of the potential for expansion of wallcovering from every submitted work in the past and we are going to have Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards 2019 in this year as well.


Theme: Joy of Design

What exactly is a wallcovering that inspires feelings or evokes a sensitivity of people to create a new space or to use that space to impart joy and excitement? Hospital rooms that brighten and lift people’s mood, hotels that are memorable, classrooms that encourage active communication, offices that boost work productivity, restaurants that bring in repeat customers and houses that makes peoples life enrich. One wallcovering might be able to make a comfortable place or change someone’s mood.
Wallcoverings could have a powerful role in interior design.
Design ideas which focusing on beauty and functionality from the way of thinking as an interior product design is of course welcome. We are also seeking fresh ideas and designs with potential that everyone can enjoy freely who are created or visiting the space with your idea.
We invite you to work with Sangetsu to create the value of new designs.

Sangetsu Branding Statement

Valid Entries


Wallcovering designs and ideas that widen the potential for wallcoverings as a product and the ability for wallcoverings to create a unique space.

  • * There is no limitation of the number of entries.

Eligibility Requirements

The competition is available to all regardless of the company, organization, individual, group, age, gender, occupation and nationality.

Awards & Prize

  • Grand Prize(1 entry)
    1 million yen
  • Award for Excellence(1 entry)
  • Honorable
    Mention(3 entries)
    (for each winner)
  • * Award winners (finalists) will be announced on the official website.
  • * There may be “No corresponding entry” for a particular prize. In addition, there may also be an additional award conferred, such as the “Judges’ Award.”
  • * Award winners will be asked to participate in an awards ceremony. (scheduled for the end of November)
  • * Submissions that receive an award may be developed into a product. For more information, please check “Commercialization.”
  • * Taxes such as income tax (withheld at the source) or special income tax for reconstruction shall be subtracted from the total prize money that is paid.


Nao Taniyama
(President and Representative Director of NAO Taniyama & Associates, Creative Director)
Ryosuke Uehara
(Representative of KIGI Co., Ltd., Creative Director/Art Director)
Yoko Ando
(Representative of Yoko Ando Design, Textile Designer and Coordinator)
Shosuke Yasuda
(CEO of Sangetsu Corporation)
* Chairman of Judging Committee
Nao Taniyama
President, NAO Taniyama & Associates /Creative Director
Naoyoshi Taniyama was born in Nagoya in 1973. After graduated from the Department of Scenography, Space and Fashion Design, Musashino Art University, he joined an interior design company, Super Potato. He worked on several hotel projects, such as Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Hyatt Regency Kyoto. In 2011, he established his own company, NAO Taniyama & Associates, which embarked on some very interesting projects, including Toranomon Hills, Hilton Tokyo, Dominique Bouchet Tokyo, Ruby Jack’s Steakhouse & Bar, Septieme, Grand Hyatt Hotels in Tokyo, Dalian, and Manila, and Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. Now he has been involving in several ongoing hotel projects in many countries which including in Japan, as well as Asia and Middle East.
Ryosuke Uehara
Founder and Art Director of KIGI Co., Ltd
Ryosuke Uehara was born in Hokkaido in 1972. After graduated from Tama Art University, he worked at a graphic design company, DRAFT and established KIGI with Yoshie Watanabe in 2012. Throughout his career, he has been engaged in a variety of creative projects involving branding, graphic design, product design, and artwork. In the meantime, he launched a product brand “KIKOF” with artisans of traditional craftwork in Shiga Prefecture, as well as the shop&gallery “Our Favourite Shop” in Shirokane, Tokyo in 2015. Along with his design work, he has continued to investigate new cross-genre style with imagination and creativity and keep producing artworks. He held a large-scale independent exhibition show “Kigi Work & Free” in Utsunomiya Museum of Art in July 2017. He won many prizes throughout his career including Tokyo ADC Grand Prix, and the 11th Kamekura Yusaki Award.
Sadao Hotta
Yoko Ando
Textile designer / Coordinator
Representative of Yoko Ando Design
After graduated from Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design, Yoko Ando worked as a member of creative staff at Nuno Corporation and established Yoko Ando Design in 2011. She has collaborated with a number of architects and provided her original textiles to varied architectural spaces. Her recent collaborative projects; “Minna no Mori” Gifu Media Cosmos (2015) and National Taichung Theater (2005) with Toyo Ito & Associates Architects / Minakata Kumagusu Museum (2016) , Coelacanth and Associates (CAt) and Art Museum & Library,Ota (2017) with Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office / Nicca Innovation Center (2017) with Tetsuo Kobori Architects / Yokohama City Koyasu Elementary School (2018) with Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop / Fukuoka Bar Association Building (2019) with Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio / Taga Town Central Town Hall “Taga Yui no Mori” (2019) with Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki architects (o+h) / Seibu Railway New Express Train 001 “Laview” (2019) with Sejima Kazuyo Architectural Design Office.
She also worked as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Waseda University (2011-2014, 2016), acted as a judge for Good Design Award (2016-2018), and is now serving as a visiting professor at Nagoya Zokei University. Publication; The Textiles of Yoko Ando: Weaving Spaces and Structures (2015) /LIXIL Publishing

Judging Criteria

  1. (1) Whether the submitted artwork has new concept with an original design or not. (Product design)
  2. (2) Whether the submitted artwork was created from a point of view or ideas that envisions the intended atmosphere or users and the submission responds to said points effectively with impact or not. (Design of the idea)
  3. (3) Whether the submitted artwork is both realistic and practical idea or not. (Potential for commercialization)

Entry Period

Submission acceptance period

Must be delivered between July 1 (Mon) -September 27 (Fri.), 2019.

  • * Please complete the web entry application first and then send the work.

The submission deadline has passed.

  • * When you have completed the entry, you will receive a notification by e-mail. If you have reception restrictions, such as domain designation, please set up your PC, mobile phone, etc. to receive mail from <> in advance.

Entry Guidelines

Schedule & Submittal process

July 1 (Mon)

Competition begins accepting entries

STEP1Web entry

Submit your web entry application and issue an entry number from the website. (

  • * When you have completed the entry, you will receive a notification by e-mail.
    If you have reception restrictions, such as domain designation, please set up your PC, mobile phone, etc. to receive mail from <> in advance.

The submission deadline has passed.


Mail your submission to the following address.
Sangetsu Corporation
Attn: Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards
1-4-1 Habashita, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, 451-8575, Japan

September 27 (Fri)

Submission deadline
(Submissions must be arrive no later than deadline)

Beginning of November

Announcement of results

The announcement of results on the official website was scheduled for the beginning of November. It has been rescheduled for November 28 (Thursday) Japan time at the awards ceremony.

  • * All the award winners and finalists have been individually contacted. The announcement will be released in mid-December on the official website.

November 28 (Thu)



Submissions should be completed with a set of following boards and entry sheet.

1. Design image

A2 size landscape (W 594mm × H 420mm) ‒ Single sheet, one side

There are no restrictions for the mode of expression in the board.
Express the design or pattern (CG or sketch) in full size.

2. Spatial image

A4 size landscape (W 297mm × H 210mm) ‒ Single sheet, one side

Express a spatial image (perspective drawing or sketch, etc.) with the wallpaper.

3. Entry sheet

A4 size landscape (W 297mm × H 210mm) ‒ Single sheet, one side

Download the entry sheet from the website. (

  • * Print out the downloaded entry sheet, fill out the requirements (including the web entry number and concept).
  • * Only entries in Japanese or English will be accepted.

The submission deadline has passed.

How to submit

  1. (1) Submit one A2 size and one A3 size drawing board (1 mm or less in thickness), connect the A3 size drawing board (portrait) to the right side of the A2 drawing board (landscape) as indicated in the figure below.
    • * Join the boards together using adhesive tape on the back side.
  2. (2) Affix A. [Design illustration] to the A2 drawing board (landscape). Affix B. [Conceptual drawing] to the upper half of the A3 size drawing board (portrait). Affix C. [Entry sheet] to the lower half.
    • * A. [Design illustration] and B. [Conceptual drawing] can also be expressed or drawn directly onto the drawing board.
  3. (3) Fold the A3 size drawing board (portrait) inward and submit it as an A2 size.
    • * Do not roll it up or fold it into a size that is smaller than what is specified when submitting.
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Special Notes

Special Notes on Design

  • • The wallpaper product is rolled up with a width of 92cm.
  • • Three dimensional expressions such as surfaces with lots of concavo-convex are not allowed.
  • • When a specific material must be used, please note it in the entry sheet.


  • • Submissions that receive an award may be developed into a product.
  • • In the event that your submission is developed into a product, we may request that the winner participate in the product development meeting(s). The winner will be contacted separately with further details.
  • • In the event a submission is developed into a product, there may be adjustments to the design and materials due to the production process and standards, etc.

Rights and Regulations

  • • Entries must be applicant’s original pieces that have not been announced both domestically and internationally.
  • • Entries that have also been submitted in other contests or competitions shall not be accepted. In addition, the entry shall not be posted publicly without the consent of the promoter.
  • • All rights of the winning entry, including intellectual property rights in Japan and in all countries around the world (including the rights provided in Articles 27 and 28 of the Copyright Act), shall belong to the promoter and the entry applicant shall not exercise moral rights. Compensation for those rights shall be fulfilled with prize money.
  • • As a general rule, the rights, such as intellectual property rights, for entries that did not win an award shall belong to the applicant.
    However, the rights related to replication, publication, presentation and exhibition in regard to purposes related to this award, within the required scope, shall be retained by the promoter.
  • • If the entries and submitted materials (illustrations or images used therein) infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party (including infringement after entry), any award conferred may be withdrawn even after the results have been announced.
  • • We take every possible measure for the management of entries submitted, however, the promoter shall not be liable in any way for damage or loss due to a disaster or other unforeseen accident.
  • • Entries shall not be returned. When necessary, make a copy beforehand.
  • • For minors, consent from a parent or guardian is required when receiving an award.

Privacy Policy

The personal information of the applicant shall be managed by Sangetsu Corporation and only be used within the required scope for business communication, sharing event related news or statistical processing.

Privacy Policy

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Promoter: Sangetsu Corporation

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Entry FAQs

I would like to change the title of my work that I originally submitted in the web entry. What should I do?

Please send an email to the competition organizer's office.
Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards Office, Bamboo Media Co., Ltd.

After entering into the competition via the web, can I change the content of my entry?

Please send an email to the competition organizer's office.
Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards Office, Bamboo Media Co., Ltd.

Can I cancel my web entry?

Please send an email to the competition organizer's office.
Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards Office, Bamboo Media Co., Ltd.

When entering multiple works into the competition, can I submit all the works under one entry?

No, you cannot do that. Each work must be entered separately.

Which Browsers work with web etntry page?

We recommend to use the one of system requirements below.

  • ・OS:Android4.4 and later
  • ・Browser : use the browsers installed in the devices.
  • ・OS:iOS9 and later
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  • ・OS:7、8.1、10
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  • ※Please make sure that JavaScript has been enabled.

About wallcovering

What type of wallcovering material can be used?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a common material used for wallcoverings, where the back side is made of a paper (lining paper) substrate over which an adhesive paste is spread to coat the paper.
Other special materials besides PVC include washi (traditional Japanese paper), paper, fabric, diatomaceous earth, foil (gold or silver), cork and lacquer. There are also other materials attached with sequins or glass beads.
As mentioned in the special notes, our wallcovering products are made in rolls with a width of 92 cm. Therefore, three dimensional expressions such as surfaces with lots of concavo-convex are not allowed.
If a material is specified that is difficult to produce in rolls, it will be difficult to make that into a product.
Please consider using thin and flexible material that is suitable for use as a wallcovering.
If the design is difficult to make into a product, we may ask you to change the material.

Does the wallcovering have to be applied vertically?
In addition, can I use different methods to apply (horizontally or in parts) the wallcovering and incorporate such methods into my design?

The wallcovering can also be applied in a horizontal direction.
We also accept designs that are based on a horizontal application or ones that are applied in parts.

Does the special note "three dimensional expressions such as surfaces with lots of concavo-convex are not allowed" mean that embossing cannot be used?

Embossing can be used.
Avoid using a design if it includes a three dimensional decoration on the surface that prevents the wallcovering from being rolled up.

Can a pearl-like color be used in the design?


I would like to see wallcovering examples. Where should I go to see them.

You can visit one of our Sangetsu showrooms or browse through the digital catalogue on our website to see examples of wallcoverings.
Check the links below for further details.
Digital catalogue:


When a submission has a large pattern design that uses the full A2 size (landscape layout), it is possible that a portion of the pattern design may extend beyond the trim edge.
To avoid that, should I use a conceptual drawing to explain the design?

If the pattern design is larger than an A2 size, use a conceptual drawing to express the entire design.
There is no specification to indicate a trimming location. Therefore, cut out and use the most representative or expressive part of the design or concept.

Is it OK to use any paper or drawing material for the design illustration?

There is no specific drawing material or paper that must be used for the design illustration.
Feel free to express your design either by outputting digital data or by freehand. However, always affix the design illustration to a drawing board for submission.
*Refer to entry requirements

There are drawing boards that are no greater than 1 mm in thickness, but they apparently are not available in certain art supply stores.
It is OK to use any drawing paper as long as its sturdy paper and not flimsy?

There are some stores that do not stock drawing boards that are no greater than 1 mm in thickness.
Please purchase the drawing board from stores or online stores that have drawing boards in that thickness range.

Mailing in submissions

I want to submit my entry. Please tell me the mailing address and phone number.

Mail-in Address
1-4-1 Habashita, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, 451-8575, Japan
Attn: Sangetsu Wallcovering Design Awards, Sangetsu Corporation

When mailing in the entry, is there is a specific courier or delivery service that must be used?

There is no specific service that must be used. Any service that is convenient is acceptable.
The participants are responsible for the postage fee regardless of the service being used.