Award 2023

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Entry Guidelines

Award Overview

Let's recreate it.

A long time ago, man drew and painted animals and prayers on the walls of caves.
Great artists also made their presence on the walls of churches and residences.
Sometimes for propagandas, but for the statements of young people at other times.
The walls have become a creative field for people living in their ages.

Through creative walls, we are looking for new potentials of next-generation designs.

“Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards” has been renamed “Sangetsu Design Award”.

Entry Media

Wall design

The wall material and size are not specified. Come up with your free design ideas and suggestions for the wall.

Judging Process

Primary Round :
Screening based on submissions (mid-January,2024)
>Project for Submission
Secondary Round :
Screening by submissions (video) (mid-February,2024)
>Project for Submission
Final Round :
Screening through presentations by the contestants who pass the Secondary Round (scheduled to be held in Tokyo in March 12,2024 (Tue.))
  • * The Secondary Round and Final Round contestants will be individually notified of the schedule and other details.

Judges

Ryosuke Uehara

(Representative of KIGI Co., Ltd., Creative Director/Art Director)

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Izumi Okayasu

(President of Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office, Lighting Designer)

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View Monozukuri Story
(Behind-the-scenes story of product development)

Kentaro Yamazaki

(Representative Director of YAMAZAKI KENTARO DESIGN WORKSHOP Co., Ltd., Architect)

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Nozomi Zama

(President of ZA Design Inc., Interior Designer)

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Shosuke Yasuda

President and CEO Sangetsu Corporation
* Chairman of Judging Committee

Awards & Prize

Grand Prize(1 entry)
1 millionyen
Second Prize
(1 entry)
500,000yen
Special Prize
(4 entries)
150,000yen
(for each winner)
Finalist Prize
(multiple entries)
20,000yen
(for each finalist)
  • * Awarding
    • ・All the finalists are awarded and given the prize money.
    • ・There may be additional award(s) for evaluating the ideas, proposals, concepts and other process-oriented points.
    • ・Depending on type of award, there may be “No corresponding entry”.
  • * Collaboration with award winners and prize money
    • ・We are planning public relations exhibits and events for award winners. The winners might be kindly requested to join them.
    • ・Sangetsu may develop products from winning works. For details, see “Potential for Product Development”.
    • ・Withholding tax and Special income tax for reconstruction will be deducted from prize money before conferral to winners. Finalist Award prize money not included.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • * Finalists who pass the Secondary Round are requested to attend the Final Round and same-day ceremony (winners announcement and awards conferral) (planned to be held in Tokyo in mid-March,2024).

Number of entries

Unlimited.

Entry Deadline

Online entries accepted:October 10 (Tue.) – December 8, 2023 (Fri.)18:00 Japan time

  • * Submissions are accepted by December 15 (Fri.), 2023 Japan time.

Results Announcement

Primary Round :
All the contestants who pass and do not pass this round will be notified. Notification will be sent by email in mid-January.
Secondary Round :
All the contestants who pass and do not pass this round will be notified. Notification will be sent by email in mid-February.
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 winners will be announced on the official website.
Ryosuke Uehara
Representative of KIGI Co., Ltd.,
Creative Director/Art Director

Ryosuke Uehara was born in Hokkaido in 1972. After working at DRAFT, he founded KIGI with Yoshie Watanabe in 2012. In addition to art direction, graphic design, space production, and product design for companies and brands, he also participates in art projects. Not bounded by genre, he is searching for new ways of creation with his free-mindedness and expressiveness. He runs the gallery & shop “OFS. TOKYO” at Ikejiri, Tokyo. In 2022, he launched the new product label “ASSEMBLEDISASSEMBLE”, including the eyewear “TWO FACE”. He held Daikanyama Hillside Forum “all is graphics” exhibition (2022). A large-scale solo exhibition “KIGI WORK & FREE” was mounted at Utsunomiya Museum of Art (2017). He put "STANDING SAKE BAR•YOIGOMA” at Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 (Land Art Festival ). The awards he won include Tokyo ADC Members Award (2017/2013/2011), Tokyo ADC Grand Prix (2015), and 11th Kamekura Yusaku Award (2009).

Izumi Okayasu
President of Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office,
Lighting Designer

1972 Born in Kanagawa, Japan 1994 Graduated from Nihon University, institute of Agriculture of Machinery and ITL co.,LTD 2005 Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office

Click here for the wallpaper development story with Izumi Okayasu
View Monozukuri Story
(Behind-the-scenes story of product development)

Kentaro Yamazaki
Representative Director of YAMAZAKI KENTARO DESIGN WORKSHOP Co., Ltd., Architect

Yamazaki designed Itoman Gyomin Shokudo constructed by piling Ryukyu limestone with residents in Okinawa, Hakusui Nursery School stair-like building by utilizing a slope, Hospice in Shinfuji filled with common scenery and ambience. He has won many awards in Japan and overseas, including the JIA Architecture Award, AIJ New Architect Award, iF DESIGN AWARD Gold. Yamazaki aims to design buildings that are not sensational but accepted by people from children to older adults as a part of their lives. Yamazaki is a part-time lecturer at Kogakuin University, Tokyo University of Science, Hosei University and Waseda University.

Nozomi Zama
President of ZA Design Inc., Interior Designer

After graduating from Musashino Art University, Department of Scenography and Space Design, Joined Hashimoto yukio design studio, ZAMA designed hotels, stores, wedding halls, etc in Japan and Overseas. ZA DESIGN inc. Is a space design office established in 2018. I want to create a new landscape by pondering what the true richness is and what it should be.

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How to Enter

How to Enter

〈 Primary Round 〉
STEP1
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 sangetsu-award.jp.

Online entry dealine has ended.

STEP2
Submittal

Mail your submission to the following address.

Sangetsu Corporation
Attn: Sangetsu Design Award
1-4-1, Habashita, Nishi-ku, Nagoya,Aichi Pref.,
451-8575 Japan

〈 Secondary Round 〉
  • * Only for contestants who pass the Primary Round

Only contestants who pass the Primary Round will be notified of the details of the Secondary Round.

Submittal of video data

Please submit your presentation video.

〈 Final Round 〉
  • * Only for contestants that pass the Secondary Round (finalists)

Only contestants who pass the Secondary Round will be notified of the schedule and other details of the Final Round.

Presentations

First each finalist will make an oral presentation. Then each finalist will go before the judges to answer their questions.

Schedule

October 10, 2023 (Tue.)

Entry acceptance opens.

December 8 (Fri.)
18:00 JST

Online entry closes.

December 15 (Fri.)

Deadline for submitting Projects (No exceptions)

Mid-January,
2024

Contestants who pass the Primary Round will be notified.

Early February

Submittal of presentation video (Contestants who pass the Primary Round only)

Mid-February

Finalists selection and notification

March 12 (Tue.)

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

  • *The schedule listed in red has been changed from the original schedule.

Project for Submission

〈 Primary Round 〉

Prepare the works and documents described in A to D, and submit Works [1] and [2] as a single project. For the documents in A, B and D, 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.

You can download the project templates for A, B and D in batch.

Project Templates A, B and D(676KB)

Submissions (1):
A3 LandscapeW420 mm x H297 mm
You will need one artboard (Thickness between 1 mm and 5 mm) in A3 size.

A. Illustration of Imagined Space

Lay out and express your imagined space (perspective drawing, sketch, etc.) freely.

To show the design scale, put people and furniture in the spatial perspective.

B. Work Information

Enter the required information (entry number, design concepts, etc.) where indicated on the template.
If your material is specific, write it in the design concept description.

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

Template
Print Size
〈 A3 〉

Submissions (2):
A2 LandscapeW594 mm x H420 mm* tolerable within ±5 mm
Thickness less than 10 mm
Weight less than 1 kg

C. Your Design

You may use any mode of expression.

  • * Template unavailable

Show part of the wall surface in full scale.

Limit the thickness of a submitted work to 10 mm. Use CG, sketch or the like if the work is thick.
Limit the weight of a submitted work to 1 kg, even if the material is heavy. Show part of the work in three dimensions or substitute a lighter material for the real one.

D. Entry Numbers for Back Side / Checklist

Entry numbers and checklist to be affixed to the back of C. Please fill in the entry numbers and make a final check on the checklist to ensure that there are no mistakes in your submission.

Template
Print Size
〈 A4 〉

You can download the project templates for A, B and D in batch.

Project Templates A, B and D(676KB)

Submissions (1)

A3 LandscapeW420 mm x H297 mm

Submissions (2)

A2 LandscapeW594 mm x H420 mm* tolerable within ±5 mm
Thickness less than 10 mm
Weight less than 1 kg

Violation of regulations

〈 Secondary Round 〉
  • * Only contestants who pass the Primary Round need to submit the following.
Submission
  • Presentation video
    Prepare and submit a video of about two and a half minutes that explains the design concept of the work. The contestants who pass the Primary Round will be individually notified of the details.
〈 Final Round 〉
  • * Contestants who pass the Secondary Round (finalists), if they wish, may submit the following.

Only contestants who pass the Secondary Round will be notified of the details of submissions.

Submissions (voluntary)
  • Data for printing in actual size
    You may want to show your work in large format as supplementary material to your presentation. In this case, submit by the specified date the actual-size data of your work, 920 mm in width, 1,850 mm in height, and at 72 dpi or higher resolution. The secretariat on the same day will prepare the output to the actual size.
  • Projection material
    You may want to project images and other information as supplementary materials to your presentation. In this case, submit those data by the specified date. Contestants who pass the Secondary Round will be individually notified of the details of data to submit.
  • Materials brought on the same day
    It is also possible to bring materials and three-dimensional objects on the same day of the Final Round (however, their sizes will be limited).

IMPORTANT! READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION!

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., which please note. 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.
  • In addition to product development, Sangetsu may adopt the design of an award-winning work for the space design proposed and constructed by the company. Sangetsu will directly contact you with more information in that case.

Submitted Works

  • 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 (hereinafter called the upper winning works, except the Finalist Award winning works), excluding 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 other submitted works than the above upper winning works 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 works and materials submitted 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 Sangetsu Design Award 2023, 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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Promoter: Sangetsu Corporation

Contact Us

E-Mail:info@sangetsu-award.jp
Attn: Sangetsu Design Award Office, Sangetsu Corporation

PDF Downloads

Entry Guidelines(1.98MB)

Flyer(10.9MB)

Project Templates A, B and D(676KB)

  • *We have changed the schedule from the one described in the entry guidelines and the flyer.
    Please check this website for the latest information.

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