Global Innovation Awards Excellence in Student Design

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.

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.

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.

Visit with the students at The Inspired Home Show 2020 to be inspired by their ideas and energy. More information about the 2020 winners and their products will appear here after the competition winners are announced.

To Enter

Students: jumpstart your housewares design career by entering the 2020 competition! For complete rules and instructions, read the entry guidelines below before entering online. The online entry deadline is December 18, 2019.


New Location!

The gia Student Design Competition display will have a new location for the 2020 Show in the Grand Concourse Lobby.


Meet the Winners of the 2019 Competition

The winners of last year’s IHA’s annual design competition made their debut at the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, March 2-5. They explained models of their winning product concepts and met industry leaders at the student display.



Past Winner Testimonials