Outline of Good Design Award winners

2019 | Overview Report

  • Good Design Award, Good Design Best 100, Long Life Design Award are announced
  • Announcement of Winners of Good Design Award 2019

The Japan Institute of Design Promotion (Chairman: Motomi Kawakami), the organizer of the Good Design Award, announced the Award recipients for 2019 on Wednesday, October 2. The organization started accepting entries for the Good Design Award 2019 on April 3 and, following the screening of 4,772 entries, a total of 1,420 award-winning works have been determined.
The winners that have been announced today include 100 works elected for Good Design Best 100 for demonstrating excellence in originality, proposal power, aesthetics and level of completion that would help raise the standards in today’s design and would be positioned as part of future model design. Followed by further screening, Good Design Grand Award and other special awards are to be selected from the Best 100.
Today, we have also announced 15 recipients of the Good Design Long Life Design Award, which is given to products and projects that have been supported by the people over a long time.


Good Design Award 2019 results
(year-on-year basis)

Awarded entries: 1,420 (+67 entries)
Awarded companies: 940 (-5 companies)
Total entries: 4,772 (-17 entries)

* ASICS requested the cancellation of their awards effective October 31, 2019.
* Due to the violation of the Good Design Award terms & conditions, 1 award were canceled as of October 31, 2019.

The above numbers include 318 award-winning works from outside Japan (37 works in cooperation with foreign design awards) and 24 award-winning works with the special measure as the support for reconstruction from Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster since 2011.

  • Winners with the special measure as the support for reconstruction from Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster : 24 (→ Award winners)
    *Exempted from all relative cost for Good Design Award
  • Winners in cooperation with foreign design awards : 37 (→ Award winners)

Good Design Grand Award and other special awards to be announced on October 31

Good Design Grand Award, Good Design Gold Award and Good Focus Award will be determined by making a selection from Good Design Best 100 that will be announced today. The screening takes place on October 9 through presentations (public event) by the awarded designers and closed-door discussion among the judges. The recipient of the Good Design Grand Award will be determined through voting on October 31 by the judges in the committee and this year’s Good Design Award winners. The results of the special awards will be announced on October 31.

Upon reviewing the award results of 2019, Chair and Vice Chair of the judging committee, Fumie Shibata and Seiichi Saito, have together released a statement: Once again in this year's program, the key theme in evaluation was beauty. To create things that are aesthetically compelling, entrants in the program inevitably rely on sound design principles. For jury members, it has been essential to consider the extent and quality of this effort. Rather than defining absolute notions of beauty before evaluation, however, we remain aware of the importance of full interpretations of beauty in line with the times and society. Award results this year should be understood as being the outcome of serious discussion by jury members with a variety of perspectives and professional insight, looking for beauty of all kinds. We hope that this inherent potential of each award winner resonates with people and elicits their support as a reliable, constructive force toward a more prosperous society in years to come.

Exhibition of awarded works to start today

All the Good Design Award winning works announced today will be displayed at GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019 at Tokyo Midtown (in Roppongi) from Thursday, October 31. In addition, some will be showcased at "My Favorite Design 2019" held at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub starting Wednesday, October 2 to display the creations selected by this year's panel of 92 judges.

    All award-winning works will be displayed at Tokyo Midtown (in Roppongi).
    Special Exhibit "Good Design Best 100" and a pop-up shop carrying award-winning products will be open during the event.
    Schedule: Thursday, October 31 through Monday, November 4
    Venue: Tokyo Midtown (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
  • My Favorite Design 2019
    Favorite award-winning works chosen by 90 judges of this year's Good Design Award will be exhibited.
    Schedule: Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 25
    Venue: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub (5F Midtown Tower,9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
    Open everyday during the event, Free admission

Following Schedule from Award announcement

Wednesday, October 3 through Sunday, November 4 My Favorite Design 2019
Thursday, October 31 through Monday, November 4 GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019

Reference data: Award number of Award from Oversea area

Canada2 China119 Finland2
France1 Germany2 Hong Kong10
India5 Indonesia6 Italy1
Peru1 Singapore4 Slovenia1
South Korea70 Switzerland2 Taiwan44
Thailand22 Turkey1 United Kingdom3
United States of America22 Japan1,108