Enter the Student Design Competition

Entry Deadline: December 22nd, 2014

This is the 22nd year that IHA invites young designers to rethink home products.

Now in its 22nd year, IHA’s program is hailed as a model for other student competitions and is recognized by the design profession for its contribution to education. Over the years, more than 4,000 college students have entered and 125 winners have launched their careers at the International Home + Housewares Show. More than 160 industry professionals have served as judges. Past winners have become entrepreneurs, educators, and design managers for consumer products companies or retailers. IHA is proud of this program’s impact on the lives of young designers and its influence in building design’s importance in the housewares market.

Winning students meet the industry in Chicago at the International Home + Housewares Show. Hear from past winners what it meant for them:

Testimonials from Previous Winners >

Meet the Winners of IHA’s 21st Annual Student Design Competition!


Six talented industrial design students learned about the global housewares business at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago March 15-18. The six students, stationed at their individual displays in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center lobby, explained their winning product concepts to thousands of visitors. Five of the six winners created products that “make a difference” in the lives of people of all ages who cope with vision or mobility challenges. The sixth top project was a stylish and sustainable household cleaning product. Projects selected as Honorable Mentions were included in the competition display as printed booklets and signage.

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