Doug Mockett & Company Design Competition Blue RibbonANNUAL DESIGN CONTEST


2014 will be our 29th Annual Design Competition. Seeking the best innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories and hardware. Even if you think your idea is too prosaic, dull, unusual or "not good enough", we urge you to send it in and let us be the judge of that. You would be surprised at how many First Place award winners were shocked when they got the congratulatory call! They never thought they had a chance...

Entry is easy: Send us a clear write-up about your idea. A drawing is even better, and a model is best. Please send FedEx or Registered mail and show Attn: Design Competition on your label or airbill.  Entries can also be emailed to (PDF files only).

Deadline is September 2nd and the judges meet and decide in December.

There are only First Place awards and an unlimited number of winners. In the past, winners have ranged from one to four. First Place entries are awarded $1000, an engraved achievement trophy, and a royalty based on sales.

Click here for our address. Questions can be emailed to:, or call 800-523-1269, from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands or 310-318-2491 from everywhere else.



Are there any restrictions for entry (i.e. age, profession, student or professional restrictions, etc)?
No, there are no restrictions for entry. Everyone is allowed and encouraged to submit ideas.

Are international entries accepted?
Yes, we accept entries from all over the world. Note local electrical standards may differ from your native country if applicable in your design.

Can I submit multiple ideas?
Yes, you may send in multiple entries. Please submit entries separately for review.

Can I submit a video entry?
Yes, you can send a video demonstration or explanation of your idea so long as it is accompanied by a PDF presentation.

Will I still own the rights to my design?
Yes, you own rights to your design. But you license the design exclusively to us to make and distribute for 15 years. After 15 years we can continue to sell the part, and you can also arrange to have anyone else do the same, if you choose.

What are the terms for royalty payments?
Royalties are paid annually. They are paid by March 31 for the prior year. Royalties are paid at the rate of 5% of what we sell the part for. They run for 15 years from the date of first sale. This is important because it often takes a year or more to bring the design through final design and manufacturing to be ready to sell. It is not uncommon for a winning design from 2011, for example, to not be ready to sell until 2012 or even 2013. For example, a 2011 winning design that has its first sale February 5, 2013, would run 15 years from February 5, 2013 -- until February 4, 2028.


28th ANNUAL DESIGN CONTEST - 2013 WINNERS! Doug Mockett & Company Design Competition Blue Ribbon

2013 brought a record number of entries, many more now from the internet, and many now from all over the world. I didn't add it up but think foreign entries are close to 50%. Good designs from all over! At the end of the judging three entries stood out - from two former First Place winners!


Extruded Panel Grip  

Extruded Panel Grip
Designed by William Lawrence, Anna, Texas

With the move to benching and shared work spaces where occasional privacy is important, attractive methods to mount dividing panels are increasingly important. Mr. Lawrence submitted several panel grip designs, two of which were exceptional. The first, Entry # 4 Extruded Panel Grip (shown at left) grips each side of the panel, one pair at each end.


Step Up End Cap Panel Grip
Designed by William Lawrence, Anna, Texas

The second of Mr. Lawrence's panel grip designs (shown at right), Entry # 6 Step Up End Cap Panel Grip grips the panel from the end. The single slot is stepped to accommodate three different panel thicknesses.
Simple, clean and functional.

Step Up End Cap Panel Grip


Eggers Shelf Support  


Shelf Support
Designed by Julien Egger, Los Angeles, California

Mr. Egger designed a strong aluminum bracket about 7 1/2" square as a shelf support. It can be screwed into the wall with the shelf mounted underneath; it becomes not only a shelf support but also bookends.