Awards 2020


Entry Guidelines

Awards Overview

Entry Media

WallpaperWallpaper Specs


Joy of Design

What You Should Do

Design a sheet of wallpaper by imaging, since wallpaper is a product, “who would use the space and how” and remembering the contest theme of the “Joy of Design”.

Wallpaper is meaningless on its own. Not until it is pasted on a wall does it fulfill its said purpose.
And, that purpose can be anything – to make a hospital more cheery, a hotel something to remember, a classroom more inviting to open discussion or an office more conducive to streamlined work flows. A single sheet of wallpaper can instill an air of comfort or change a person’s mood.
That said, before actually designing anything, you should think about your wallpaper not just as a product but also in terms of the purpose and desired effect you want it to have in the space you imagine, and put your design concepts down in writing.

Wallpaper Specs
  • Wallpaper is an interior covering pasted onto walls and ceilings.
  • Wallpaper is a 92 cm wide sheet that comes packaged as a roll and is pasted one sheet at a time by aligning the edges of the newest sheet with those of the previous.
  • Voluminous effects that incorporate deep or complicated recesses/rises and the like do not work with wallpaper, but texture can be added by embossing or ink buildup.

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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)

Judging Process

Preliminary Round :
Judging of submitted Projects (Planned for early October)
>Project for Submission
Final Round :
Judging of presentations made by contestants who passed the Preliminary Round (Planned for mid-December in Tokyo)
  • * The Final Round is only for contestants who passed the Preliminary Round (Finalists).
  • * Finalists will be individually notified of the details of the Final Round.


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

Awards & Prize

Grand Prize
(1 entry)
1 millionyen
Award for Excellence
(1 entry)
Honorable Mention
(3 entries)
(for each winner)
  • * Judges may determine that none of the submitted works are befitting a given award, in which case, results will be indicated as “No corresponding entry”. Moreover, judges may confer additional awards such as a “Judges’ Award”.
  • * Sangetsu may develop products from winning works and other works that make it to the Final Round. For more information, see “Potential for Product Development”.
  • * Withholding tax, special income taxes for reconstruction and other required taxes will be deducted from prize monies before conferral to winners.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • * Finalists are requested to attend the Final Round and ceremony (winners announcement and awards conferral) held that same day. (Planned for mid-December in Tokyo)

Entry Deadline

Online entries accepted:
July 1 (Wed,) – 18:00 on September 18 (Fri,), 2020

  • * Projects must be submitted by September 30 (Wed,), 2020 Japan time.

Results Announcement

Preliminary Round Results :
Only contestants who pass the Preliminary Round will be notified. Notification will be sent by email.
Final Round :
On the same day that finalists give their Final Round presentations, a ceremony will be held to announce winners and confer awards.
The results will be posted on the official website of the competition at a later date.
Nao Taniyama
President and Representative Director of 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, Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing and Wagyu Steakhouse of Twin Pams Hotels & Resorts. 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
Representative of KIGI Co., Ltd.,
Creative Director/Art Director

Ryosuke Uehara was born in Hokkaido in 1972. After graduating in design from Tama Art University, he worked for the graphic design company DRAFT until, in 2012, founding KIGI with long-time collaborator Yoshie Watanabe. Over the years, Uehara has continuously sought new ways to be creative through artwork for businesses and brands, product design and “KIKOF”, a brand he launched in cohort with traditional handicraft artisans in Shiga Prefecture. In 2015, he opened an original shop and gallery called “OUR FAVOURITE SHOP” in Shirokane, Tokyo. Uehara also plans exhibitions and events, and puts a lot of energy into creating “places” for flaunting the imagination. His achievements include the Tokyo ADC Gran Prix, Members’ Award and 11th Kamekura Yusaki Award. In July 2017, he staged a large-scale solo exhibition at the Utsunomiya Museum of Art under the title of “KIGI WORK & FREE”. At the Daichi Art Festival “Hojokishiki” of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018, he presented his work “Standing bar Yoigoma”. Uehara won the ADC Members’ Award in 2019 for a serial project he did with “Yoigoma”. He has won numerous awards, including the Tokyo ADC Gran Prix (2015), 11th Kamekura Yusaki Award, NY ADC GOLD, One Show Design GOLD at home and abroad. Uehara is a member of the Tokyo ADC, JAGDA and AGI.

photo:Sadao Hotta
Yoko Ando
Representative of Yoko Ando Design,
Textile Designer and Coordinator

After graduating from Musashino Art University’s Junior College of Art and Design, Yoko Ando worked as part of the creative staff for Nuno Corp. until 2011 when she founded Yoko Ando Design. As an independent designer, she has collaborated with many architects by producing original textiles for a variety of architectural spaces.
Some of the biggest collaborative projects she has been involved with in recent years include the ‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos” (2015), National Taichung Theater (2005-) with Toyo Ito & Associates Architects, Minakata Kumagusa Museum (2016) with Coelacanth and Associates (CAt), 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, Seibu Railway’s new “Laview” express train 001 series (2019) with Kazuyo Sejima Architectural Design Office and Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (2020) with architectural team Jun Aoki and Tetsuo Nishizawa.
Ando also worked as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Waseda University (2011-2014, 2016). She is currently a visiting professor at Nagoya Zokei University and similarly at Tama Art University where she teaches the Textile Design Course in the Product Design Department.
She has authored the book “The Textiles of Yoko Ando: Weaving Spaces and Structures” (2015, LIXIL Publishing).


How to Enter

How to Enter

〈 Preliminary Round 〉
Online Entry

Complete the online entry process as explained below. You will be issued an entry number at the end.

* You will be sent a notification by email once you have completed the entry process. If you use filters to block domain names or spam, make sure ahead of time that your computer and cellphone are set to allow emails from

Online Entry deadline has ended.


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

〈 Final Round 〉
  • * Only for contestants that pass the Preliminary Round

Only contestants that pass the Preliminary Round (finalists) will be notified of the schedule and other details of the Final Round. Notifications will be sent individually by email to each finalist.

Submission of Your Work Data for the Final Round of Judging

Submit data for your work. Your work must be scaled to W920 mm x H1,850 mm in size. Sangetsu will print an actual size sample of your work.

Judging of Presentations(Planned for mid-December in Tokyo)

Each finalist will go before the judges to explain the design concepts of his/her work and answer questions from the judges.


July 1 (Wed.)

Entry acceptance opens.

September 18 (Fri.), 18:00

Online entry closes.

September 30 (Wed)

Deadline for submitting Projects (No exceptions)


Finalists selection and notification

Contestants that pass the Preliminary Round (finalists) will be individually notified by Sangetsu Secretariat.

Mid thru Late October

Work data submission for Final Round of judging (Finalists only)


Final Round (judging of presentations) and ceremony (winners announcement and awards conferral)

Project for Submission

〈 Preliminary Round 〉

You will need one artboard (1 mm or thicker) each in A2, A3 and A4 sizes. Prepare the works and documents described in A thru E, and submit Works [1] and [2] as a single Project. For the documents in B thru E, download and use the respective templates from the competition website. Print the templates in actual size; do not reduce them to fit smaller size paper.

Works and Documents to Prepare and Submit

You can download the project templates for B thru E in batch.

Project Templates B thru E (828KB)

A. Your Design

A2 Landscape (W594 mm x H420 mm), One side only, x1

You may use any mode of expression.

  • * Template unavailable

Designs and patterns (CG, sketch, etc.) must be actual size.

B. Illustration of Imagined Space

(W285 mm x H297 mm)

Draw a picture (perspective drawing, sketch, etc.) of the space where you imagine pasting your wallpaper.

C. 1/10 Scale Drawing of Your Wallpaper

(W92 mm x H240 mm)

Draw your design for a W920 mm x H2,400 mm sheet of wallpaper in 1/10 scale.

Print Size
〈 A3 〉

D. Entry Sheet

A4 Portrait(W210 mm x H297 mm), One side only, x1,

Enter the required information (entry number, design concepts, etc.) where indicated on the template.

  • * Information may be provided in Japanese or English, but not any other languages.

Print Size
〈 A4 〉

E. Entry Numbers for Back

A4 Portrait (W210 mm x H297 mm), One side only, x1

These entry numbers are to be glued to the back of Works [1] and [2]. Enter your entry number, cut along the dotted line and attach to works.

Print Size
〈 A4 〉

The project templates for B thru E can be downloaded in batch.

Project Templates B thru E (828KB)

Work [1]

[How to Prepare Works for Submission]
  1. 1.Paste A to an artboard of 1 mm or greater thickness.
  2. 2.Paste E (x1) on the back of the artboard.

Work [2]

[How to Prepare Works for Submission]
  1. 1.Paste B thru D to separate size-appropriate artboards of 1 mm or greater thickness.
  2. 2.Paste E (x1) on the back of the artboard.
  3. 3.Tape the A3 and A4 artboards together on their backs and fold inward for submission.
〈 Final Round 〉
  • * Only contestants that pass the Preliminary Round (finalists) need to submit work data.

Only contestants that pass the Preliminary Round (finalists) will be notified of the schedule and other details of the Final Round. Notifications will be sent individually by email to each finalist.

Works and Documents to Prepare and Submit

Prepare and submit data of the “C. 1/10 Scale Drawing of Your Wallpaper” that you prepared for the Preliminary Round, for printing in actual size (W920 mm x H1,850 mm) at 72 dpi or higher resolution.
More information will be provided after the finalists have been selected.


Important Reminders about Your Design

  • As a product, wallpaper comes packaged as a 92 cm wide roll. Voluminous effects like deep recesses/rises cannot be used. For more information, see “Wallpaper Specs”.
  • If your work requires a specific material, indicate that in the concept explanation box on the Entry Sheet.

Potential for Product Development

  • Sangetsu may develop products from winning works and other works that make it to the Final Round.
  • If your work is chosen for product development, you may be asked to take part in product development meetings and sign agreements on intellectual property rights, etc. Sangetsu will directly contact you with more information in that case.
  • Product development may require changes to your design and material due to production processes, standards, etc.

Competition Rules

  • Submitted works must meet all of the following criteria.
    1. [1] Are original works of the contestants.
    2. [2] Have not been already shown or announced domestically or internationally.
    3. [3] Are not any replica or similar to any other work.
    4. [4] Do not violate any laws or regulations regarding public order or otherwise.
    5. [5] Do not infringe on the intellectual property rights or other rights of others in any way, shape or form.
  • If submitted works or supporting documents (illustrations and drawings) are found to contravene any of the criteria in [1] thru [5] above, the contestant may be disqualified and, if such discovery is made after winners are announced, stripped of any awards and associated accolades. Moreover, the contestant will be responsible for solving any legal disputes that arise from the matter, as the competition organizer (Sangetsu) and its sponsors do not assume any responsibility whatsoever for related claims, etc.
  • All intellectual property rights to winning works, including the rights set forth in Art. 27 and 28 of Japan’s Copyright Act, belong to the competition organizer. By entering this competition, the contestant relinquishes all moral rights to winning works. Compensation for those rights is fulfilled with prize money.
  • All intellectual property rights to submitted works that did not win an award rest with the contestant. However, by entering this competition, the contestant agrees to allow the competition organizer to duplicate, publicly transmit, announce, exhibit and otherwise use the submitted works and likenesses thereof for purposes related to this competition free of charge.
  • Submitted works may not be entered in other contests or competitions during the competition period of the 4th Wallpaper Sangetsu Design Awards, nor may they be publicly shown or announced without the expressed permission of the competition organizer.
  • The competition organizer takes every practical and reasonable measure to safeguard submitted works, but refutes any and all liability for damages or losses resulting from acts of god or unforeseeable accidents.
  • Submitted works shall not be returned. If required, make copies beforehand.
  • Minors must present written consent from a parent or guardian to receive awards.

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Entry Guidelines (925KB)

Flyer (521KB)

Project Templates B thru E (828KB)