In order to develop the local crafts and industry of Gifu Prefecture in Japan, we invited design students and professional designers from around the world to join our competition.

The 2nd Gifu World Design Competition
: Hand to Mouth

All panel entries were shipped to Japan. Judging took place in Gifu onMay 23, 2003. Out of close to 400 entries from 39 countries, the judges took three hours to choose the winners for the competition. And here we present the final results.

JAN KEN PON, an ancient hand game of rock-paper-scissors, symbolizes both the spirit, theme and the categories of this competition. We are seeking designs of small objects used by the hand, made from paper, wood, ceramic and/or metal. Sponsors consist of the Gifu Government, and leading local Gifu industries, where your designs will be considered for future prototypes.

Award Winners

Grand Prize $10,000 : Simon Lloyd, Australia "Felt Dish"

Second Prize $5,000 : Gal Ziv & Eli Chissick, Israel "A New Folder”
Plastic tableware

Third Prize $2,500 : Prue Venables, Australia "Oval Bowl, Spoon, Jug, Pouring Bottle"
Serving set for soft fruit

Honorable Mention $500 (5) :
Geoff Hunt, Canada “Back to Basics"
Cooking tool, mortar, pestle

Peter Valois & Michael Marra, U.S.A. “Cluck, Cluck"
A personal tea set

Thomas Morbitzer & Goil Anornvivat, U.S.A. “Tactile"
Salt and pepper shakers

Nilly Fuhrer, Israel “Finger Print"
A cocktail set

Sung-Soo Shin, U.S.A. “Secure-Cake"

Special Award $500 (4) :
Yeonju Yang, United Kingdom “Lunch Box”

Gianluca Camarda, Canada “Handheld Chpper”

Shu-Wei Hsu, Taiwan "Salt & Pepper"
Mini salt and pepper shakers that serve also as a nakping tie

Petra Lilja, Sweden "Flow"
Orange juicer and pitcher

The Jury

Winners were chosen by internationally renown judges.
Tucker Viemeister (Springtime-USA, President & IDNF President),
Eric Chan
(ECCO Design Inc., Principal & IDNF Board),
Fumi Kimura (EDUCE Co., Ltd., President),
Koji Oshika (Gifu Creators’ Association, Chairman),
Hideki Nishiyama (Oribe Design Center, Chairman), and
Katsuhiko Hasegawa (Hasegawa Hamono, President).

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