The Third Annual Seki Cut Competition is an international contest, promoted in conjunction with the Gifu Prefecture of Japan, Gifu Seki Cutlery Industry and IDNF. We seek creative, fresh, and innovative ideas from design students from all around the globe to expand the presence in the international market of product design.

This year the competition brought close to 100 entries from 13 different count ries. As prominent members of the jury board studied and selected our winners, they have stressed the excellence in quality, creativity, uniqueness, and the caliber of the designs received this year.

The winners were presented at the award ceremony on March 29th at the Spy Club in Soho, NYC.

Judgement @ Gallery 91 in Soho, NYC

Above left: winners, right: Ambassador Seiichiro Otsuka, consulate general of Japan gave a speech.

Award Winners

Grand Prize:

Petri Piirainen


University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

Second Prize:

Rouzeau Anne Yael

"Packet Opener"

Ecole Cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Bussigny, Swizerland

Third Prize:

Pillonel Maxime


Ecole Cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Bussigny, Swizerland

Honorable Mention:
Julian Lion Boxembaum
"The Crooked Knife"
Pratt Institute
New York, New York

A’kos Maurer-Klimes
Hungarian Academy of Applied Art Budapest, Hungary

Gabrielle Lewin, Damaris Wong, Samantha Liang
"Wave Rap"
Parsons School of Design
New York, New York
Daria Pirnia
"Curly Scissors"
Pratt Institute
New York, New York

Xu Quan
"Elastic Scissors"
The Central Academy of DesignBeijing, China

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