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Excellence in Student Design

Meet the 2020 Winners!

Be inspired. Guidelines and entry information for the 2021 student design competition will be available in mid-August.

The IHA created its Student Design Competition in 1993 to invigorate the housewares industry with the fresh ideas of top student designers and to encourage young talent to consider careers in the housewares business. Now in its 27th year, IHA’s competition is unique in the U.S. as the longest-running, industry-sponsored, merit-recognition program for industrial design students.

Located in the Grand Concourse Lobby

Overview | Judges | Winners

At The Inspired Home Show’s annual student competition display, the winning student designers meet business leaders and news media. Many have been hired by IHA member companies and home goods retailers; others have become entrepreneurs, educators and design managers for consumer products companies. Visit with the students at The Inspired Home Show 2021 to be inspired by their ideas and energy. More information about the winners and their products will appear here after the competition winners are announced.

Meet Our Judges

Jennifer Astwood, IDSA

Associate Professor of Industrial Design
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Menomonie, WI

Andreas Bell

TEAMS Design
Chicago, IL

Alfredo Carreno

Principal Industrial Designer
Newell Brands
Kalamazoo, MI

Evan Cincotta

Industrial Designer      
Casabella Bradshaw Home
New York, NY

Ann-Marie Conrado, IDSA

Professor of Industrial Design
Department of Art, Art History & Design
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Chris Cunningham, IDSA

Global Design Director
The Pampered Chef
Addison, IL

Robert Giacolo

New Product Development     
Franklin Park, IL

Lisa Heim-Yoo

Design Lead
Nu-Way Industries, Inc.
Des Plaines IL

Min Kim

Design Manager, Design Manager, Global Product Design
New York, NY

Teddy Lu, IDSA

Creative Director
Chicago, IL

Dave Sellke

Ideation Studio Inc.
Chicago, IL  60642

Elizabeth Reuter

Industrial Designer
Schaumburg, IL

Dave Starr

President/Principal Designer
Brooks Gray
Leawood, Kansas

Patrick Walraven

Industrial Designer
Hamilton Beach Brands
Glen Allen, VA

Honorable Mentions