Enter the 2019 Housewares Student Design Competition

Jumpstart your housewares design career by entering the 2019 competition! For complete rules and instructions, read the entry guidelines below before entering online. The online entry deadline is December 18, 2018.



Learn About the Benefits of Participating:

The IHA created its Student Design Competition in 1993 to invigorate the housewares industry with the fresh ideas of top student designers and to encourage young talent to consider careers in the housewares business.

At the International Home + Housewares Show's annual student competition display, the winning student designers meet business leaders and news media. Many have been hired by IHA member companies and home goods retailers; others have become entrepreneurs, educators and design managers for consumer products companies.

Now in its 26th year, IHA’s competition is unique in the U.S. as the longest-running, industry-sponsored, merit-recognition program for industrial design students.


2018 Marks the Competition's 25th Anniversary

Learn about the 25-year history and the impact of IHA's student housewares design competition in the 25th Anniversary booklet. Past winners also share how the program influenced their careers.


Get Acquainted with the Winners of IHA’s 25th Annual Student Design Competition

The young housewares designers who created these thoughtful product concepts greeted visitors and met with industry leaders at the Student Design Competition display, located in the Lakeside Center Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home + Housewares Show, March 10 -13, 2018 at McCormick Place, Chicago. Be inspired by the creativity and skills of these talented innovators!

Download 2018 Winner Booklet



Meet the Winners & See What it Takes to Win

Lauren Emmerson and Anastasia Miller

1st Place - $2,500

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Ben Kaufmann

1st Place - $2,500

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Caleb Blankenbaker

2nd Place - $1,750

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Andrew Ferrier

2nd Place - $1,750

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Cody Moore

3rd Place - $1,000

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Brandon Rodriguez

3rd Place - $1,000

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View Honorable Mentions >


2018 Participating Schools

2018 Student Competition Judges

2018 Judges Testimonials

Past Winner Testimonials