Student Design Competition

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.

Excited by the immediate feedback from industry professionals —exhibitors, retailers, media, designers—the winning students discovered that their appearance at the Show was a unique reward greater than their cash prize. The winners also had a chance to explore the Show to find inspiration at exhibitors’ booths and at some of the educational events.

IHA’s Competition Sets High Standard for Design Education

In a rigorous review process, a panel of 10 educators, product development managers at IHA-member companies and a top national retailer, design consultants and a recruiter judged admissions from 30 U.S. and international universities. The competition requires that entrants describe concept development, user and market research, provide sketches and engineering drawings and show 3D models in use.

Check back with us in August for the guidelines and entry form for the 2015 competition. Deadline for online submission will be December 22, 2014.

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View the 2014 Winners