How to Enter?
2022 will be our 37th 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 [email protected] (PDF files only).
Deadline is always the Tuesday after Labor Day and the judges meet and decide in December. First Place entries are awarded $1000, an engraved achievement trophy, and a royalty based on sales, with no limit to the number of First Place awards.
Click here for our address. Questions can be emailed to: [email protected], or call 800-523-1269, from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands or 310-318-2491 from everywhere else.
Now accepting entries for the 2022 contest. Submit your design now!
Are there any restrictions for entry (i.e. age, profession, student or professional credentials, 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 2018, for example, to not be ready to sell until 2019 or even 2020. For example, a 2018 winning design that has its first sale February 5, 2020, would run 15 years from February 5, 2020 -- until February 4, 2035.
Previous Winners It makes us proud to see how this Design Competition of ours has grown over the last three decades.
Designed by: Jake Gillespie
This hook is the first of its kind for us! It is two parts - the hook itself and a screw on clamp that allows the hook to flow in and out beneath the surface. Slides out when you need it to hang purses, backpacks, headphones, etc. and slides back under the surface and out of sight when not in use.
Designed by: Sebastian Bartlett
This unique design has an art deco look that we were instantly attracted to. Simple yet elegant. Three sleek aluminum sheets bending out ever so slightly from a welded joint make this hook what it is - a stunning statement piece that combines beauty and function seamlessly.
Designed by: Walter Lang
Panel Screens for privacy and health & safety considerations are now an important part of office and commercial design. Having the option to mount similar to a standard grommet with a butterfly nut to tighten underneath introduces new options to swivel and reconfigure setups easily.
Curved Table Leg
Designed by: Eli Chong
A distinctly modern table leg with a striking appearance. Hollowed cavity in rear keeps the leg lean and lightweight without compromising weight capacity. Plans include production in multiple sizes, including standard table leg height and a smaller 18” version for furniture.
Designed by: Kaitlin Sides
Innovative foot-operated door pull design builds on the concept of hands-free foot pulls for lower cabinets to prevent spreading germs through shared-use handles. It’s unique S-shape will allow you to operate from above or from underneath for use on interior doors.
Blade Door Stop
Designed by: Yosei Ikeda
This is one sharp design! So sharp in fact, we call it Blade. A premium alternative to your boring rubber or wood door wedges. Its aerodynamic shape is complemented by its gleaming anodized aluminum finish for an ultra-sleek look. A magnificent display of precision detailing and smart contours.
Designed by Hannah Eckersley
This intriguing art deco inspired coat hook takes an ordinary stamped triangle plate and layers it by bending out additional interior triangles that serve as multi-level hooks.
Hang a shirt or jacket on the bottom hook and an additional jacket, hat or scarf on the larger hook above.
Floor Wire Manager
Designed by Michael Nelson
Wire Management for the floor under desks and along baseboards can be tricky, but this unique design solution takes an ordinary wirestay channel and turns it into a shield for your power strip to conceal the wires safely out of harm’s way and doubles as a footrest. Seat your power strip in the caddy and run additional data cables underneath.