JID Award

Japan Interior Designers' Association (JID), since its foundation in 1958 as a national association to represent the interests of the interior designers in Japan, has been dealing with the professional, cultural, and legal interests of the interior design profession. The objects of JID Award are to acknowledge and award the prizes to the interior designers, companies or groups in the field of interior profession and to encourage improving the quality of design and to elevate the social recognition of design profession, which is believed to benefit the development of our society and culture as well.

There were two hundred and thirty six entries to JID Award 2006 Biennial, out of which were one hundred seventy seven entries in the space category tripled those in the industrial product category.
The Award Committee met five times for the preliminary examinations and the committee made field survey of every entry in the space category. The final evaluation was made after having extensive conference and took a ballot by the jury consisted of four invited guest jurors and the committee members. 
The Grand Prize was awarded to "CANVAS " unanimously. It is notable that the entries from the youngsters not more than thirty five years of age were remarkable and competitive as well, which seems to reflect the changing generations and time.

Grand Prize


designed by NENDO

(photos by Kanako Sato)

This was the solution to the tough client's requirements to convert a two storied old house into a restaurant with an absurdly low budget. The remains, naked wooden structures were concealed both the external and internal surfaces with waterproofed canvas entirely. Most of the furniture for the restaurant was also made out of the waste scraps from the said house. 
The designers' challenge seeking solutions and their distinguished skill of design were exquisite and they were acknowledged as the forerunners practicing an issue of sustainability in the field of design.

Interior Space Prize



It is comfortable stepping inside the dynamic and copious space of this compact building. The interior design could be highly appraised with its originality and the effective usage of the stocked lumber for furnishing interior of the rooms attached, creating furniture and fixtures as well. Though this is a compact building, it is yet a fine creative design project providing divers ideas in its original space.


Tdesigned by KEN KIMIZUKA, Toneriko Inc.

A confectionery shop of an old standing Japanese cakes shop was furnished with finely balanced materials such as Japanese paulownia, clay, paper, glass which harmonized by the delicate and skilful details. Simple but stylish shop interior space was created by the effective introduction of light and shadow, water, pieces of tea ceremony tools, by which finely featured elegant atmosphere as an old standing shop.


designed by Kiyosi Mori + Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

(撮影:Satoshi Asakawa)

The building with curtain wall facade consisted of steel members and glass simply well proportioned, stands lightly at the corner of a busy warehouse area. The interior space surrounded by a double-glassed curtain wall was appealing and understandable with its patterned wooden partitions in concert with the wooden floor.

Interior Product Prize

obi (spiral-shaped bench)

designed by SACHIO HIHARA


It was a surprise that Obi was created in a supreme form which seemed too tough to be materialized. With its impressive topological form, the bench estranges the two persons from each other seating on it then, draw themselves and shake hands.


designed by OOKI SATO

(撮影:Masayuki Hayash)

Fabulous was the light and shadow woven by the three dimensional collectives created by the snow crystal like elements. The fusion of the ornamental pieces is exquisite to work itself not as a simple ornament but the structural element of the object.


designed by OOKI SATO

(撮影:Daici Ano)

Designer challenged the high-tech molding to create a sharp and fresh design of a piece of stool out of the minimum plywood in a form looked like a piece of cloths. It is a brilliant fresh design shown off after a long while.

Acknowledged Achievement


organized and run by NOBORU INOUE

Inoue had run his private workshops extensively dedicated to survey chair design and instructed the subjects on ergonomics, drawing full-scaled working drawings and up to making out chairs. The long run series of Inoue's workshop interested and corresponded with not only the design minded individuals but also those from diverse fields of professions. It is highly acknowledged that the workshops were attended more than one hundred and fifty participants under Inoueユs leadership based on his firm foresight and strategic policy.

Acknowledged as a Fine Work

Poco a poco

designed by SAPPORO STYLE a design development project group

This is a fine collaboration work-out, a supportive device for those who have difficulty in walking, though the prototype of project seems to need some further improvements in the details. It is worth noted that this kind of collaboration between a local government, an academic institute, designers and manufactures was recognized as one of JID Awarded projects which aimed to create a devise fine and easy to use, and could hopefully raise the social interest in the enlightenment of those welfare devises of quality and refined.
The jury believe that design could take a part of the roll for the benefit of social design.


Yoshio Asakura,
General Producer of [LIVING design]

I have an impression regarding the evaluation of JID Award 2006 that the younger designers put up good jobs challenging and fresh in the space category as well as in the industrial category. It is remarkable to recognize that the ideas or projects created by those young designers have been actually accepted as either in the commercial spaces and in the product design.
It is expected that their fresh and promising sensitivity could be displayed in the public, which would help reducing the gap between living and design. I hope much from them further integration of their sensitivity.

Kengo Kuma,

The result of JID Award evaluation brought out to prove that the border between
architecture, interior and industrial design had been ceasing to exist as a matter of fact. The extinction of this border has been realized lucidly and lightly by the exquisite examples prior to the assertion by words, beside, this extinction implies, smells a sort of revolution in our living. I sensed the smell specifically in those entries including CANVAS by Nendo.

Wakato Onishi,
journalist at the Asahi

Interior, that is "Inside". On the conference table however, the jury focused generally how far "the interior" retained the social extension and universality in its context. In case of "CANVAS", the Grand Prize was awarded due to its brilliant dual solutions by answering to the public concern say the low cost construction and the creation of space by cloths which embraces universality of material. I envisage as a journalist being "outside" the field of design that those solutions could be a few measures when the priorities should be ranked in the world of excessively various design.

Reiko Kawakami,
JID President

The annual JID Award was re-organized to be held biennially since the JID Award 2006 Biennial, which achieved the substantial results. It is noted that the entries to the JID Award ranged widely from the youngsters to the veterans, which indicates the valuable history of the JID Award having been brought out along with the course of JID's history.
Due to the globalization of design, design is generally asked to be accepted and loved by people beyond the boundaries of the globe. Under these present circumstances, the awarded projects could be recounted as the Japanese design with fresh sensitivity and hopefully available to the world.