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Competition Overview

Sangetsu provides interior decorating materials for various spaces, such as homes, commercial facilities, offices, hotels and medical care and welfare facilities in order to share the joy of designing spaces with people.
We do not just supply interior decorating materials but we preserve the design materials to bring joy and comfort to the space. This is the idea that underlies the role of Sangetsu Corporation in the society, and we have strived to create rich lifestyle and culture under our brand concept “Joy of Design.”

As a part of our corporate activities, we launched Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards in 2017.
We convinced of the potential for expansion of wallcovering from every submitted work in the past and we are going to have Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards 2019 in this year as well.


Theme: Joy of Design

What exactly is a wallcovering that inspires feelings or evokes a sensitivity of people to create a new space or to use that space to impart joy and excitement? Hospital rooms that brighten and lift people’s mood, hotels that are memorable, classrooms that encourage active communication, offices that boost work productivity, restaurants that bring in repeat customers and houses that makes peoples life enrich. One wallcovering might be able to make a comfortable place or change someone’s mood.
Wallcoverings could have a powerful role in interior design.
Design ideas which focusing on beauty and functionality from the way of thinking as an interior product design is of course welcome. We are also seeking fresh ideas and designs with potential that everyone can enjoy freely who are created or visiting the space with your idea.
We invite you to work with Sangetsu to create the value of new designs.

Sangetsu Branding Statement

Valid Entries


Wallcovering designs and ideas that widen the potential for wallcoverings as a product and the ability for wallcoverings to create a unique space.

  • * There is no limitation of the number of entries.

Eligibility Requirements

The competition is available to all regardless of the company, organization, individual, group, age, gender, occupation and nationality.

Awards & Prize

  • Grand Prize(1 entry)
    1 million yen
  • Award for Excellence(1 entry)
  • Honorable
    Mention(3 entries)
    (for each winner)
  • * Award winners (finalists) will be announced on the official website.
  • * There may be “No corresponding entry” for a particular prize. In addition, there may also be an additional award conferred, such as the “Judges’ Award.”
  • * Award winners will be asked to participate in an awards ceremony. (scheduled for the end of November)
  • * Submissions that receive an award may be developed into a product. For more information, please check “Commercialization.”
  • * Taxes such as income tax (withheld at the source) or special income tax for reconstruction shall be subtracted from the total prize money that is paid.


Nao Taniyama
(President and Representative Director of NAO Taniyama & Associates, Creative Director)
Ryosuke Uehara
(Representative of KIGI Co., Ltd., Creative Director/Art Director)
Yoko Ando
(Representative of Yoko Ando Design, Textile Designer and Coordinator)
Shosuke Yasuda
(CEO of Sangetsu Corporation)
* Chairman of Judging Committee
Nao Taniyama
President, NAO Taniyama & Associates /Creative Director
Naoyoshi Taniyama was born in Nagoya in 1973. After graduated from the Department of Scenography, Space and Fashion Design, Musashino Art University, he joined an interior design company, Super Potato. He worked on several hotel projects, such as Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Hyatt Regency Kyoto. In 2011, he established his own company, NAO Taniyama & Associates, which embarked on some very interesting projects, including Toranomon Hills, Hilton Tokyo, Dominique Bouchet Tokyo, Ruby Jack’s Steakhouse & Bar, Septieme, Grand Hyatt Hotels in Tokyo, Dalian, and Manila, and Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. Now he has been involving in several ongoing hotel projects in many countries which including in Japan, as well as Asia and Middle East.
Ryosuke Uehara
Founder and Art Director of KIGI Co., Ltd
Ryosuke Uehara was born in Hokkaido in 1972. After graduated from Tama Art University, he worked at a graphic design company, DRAFT and established KIGI with Yoshie Watanabe in 2012. Throughout his career, he has been engaged in a variety of creative projects involving branding, graphic design, product design, and artwork. In the meantime, he launched a product brand “KIKOF” with artisans of traditional craftwork in Shiga Prefecture, as well as the shop&gallery “Our Favourite Shop” in Shirokane, Tokyo in 2015. Along with his design work, he has continued to investigate new cross-genre style with imagination and creativity and keep producing artworks. He held a large-scale independent exhibition show “Kigi Work & Free” in Utsunomiya Museum of Art in July 2017. He won many prizes throughout his career including Tokyo ADC Grand Prix, and the 11th Kamekura Yusaki Award.
Sadao Hotta
Yoko Ando
Textile designer / Coordinator
Representative of Yoko Ando Design
After graduated from Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design, Yoko Ando worked as a member of creative staff at Nuno Corporation and established Yoko Ando Design in 2011. She has collaborated with a number of architects and provided her original textiles to varied architectural spaces. Her recent collaborative projects; “Minna no Mori” Gifu Media Cosmos (2015) and National Taichung Theater (2005) with Toyo Ito & Associates Architects / Minakata Kumagusu Museum (2016) , Coelacanth and Associates (CAt) and Art Museum & Library,Ota (2017) with Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office / Nicca Innovation Center (2017) with Tetsuo Kobori Architects / Yokohama City Koyasu Elementary School (2018) with Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop / Fukuoka Bar Association Building (2019) with Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio / Taga Town Central Town Hall “Taga Yui no Mori” (2019) with Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki architects (o+h) / Seibu Railway New Express Train 001 “Laview” (2019) with Sejima Kazuyo Architectural Design Office.
She also worked as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Waseda University (2011-2014, 2016), acted as a judge for Good Design Award (2016-2018), and is now serving as a visiting professor at Nagoya Zokei University. Publication; The Textiles of Yoko Ando: Weaving Spaces and Structures (2015) /LIXIL Publishing

Judging Criteria

  1. (1) Weather the submitted artwork has new concept with an original design or not. (Product design)
  2. (2) Weather the submitted artwork was created from a point of view or ideas that envisions the intended atmosphere or users and the submission responds to said points effectively with impact or not. (Design of the idea)
  3. (3) Weather the submitted artwork is both realistic and practical idea or not. (Potential for commercialization)

Entry Period

Submission acceptance period

Must be delivered between July 1 (Mon) -September 27 (Fri.), 2019.

  • * Please complete the web entry application first and then send the work.


  • * When you have completed the entry, you will receive a notification by e-mail. If you have reception restrictions, such as domain designation, please set up your PC, mobile phone, etc. to receive mail from <> in advance.

Entry Guidelines

Schedule & Submittal process

July 1 (Mon)

Competition begins accepting entries

STEP1Web entry

Submit your web entry application and issue an entry number from the website. (

  • * When you have completed the entry, you will receive a notification by e-mail.
    If you have reception restrictions, such as domain designation, please set up your PC, mobile phone, etc. to receive mail from <> in advance.



Mail your submission to the following address.
Sangetsu Corporation
Attn: Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards
1-4-1 Habashita, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, 451-8575, Japan

September 27 (Fri)

Submission deadline
(Submissions must be arrive no later than deadline)

Beginning of November

Announcement of results

The results shall be announced on the website.
The winner will be contacted directly by the office.

  • * No information about the judges’ review or results will be provided until the day of the announcement.

End of November

Awards ceremony (scheduled)


Submissions should be completed with a set of following boards and entry sheet.

1. Design image

A2 size landscape (W 594mm × H 420mm) ‒ Single sheet, one side

There are no restrictions for the mode of expression in the board.
Express the design or pattern (CG or sketch) in full size.

2. Spatial image

A4 size landscape (W 297mm × H 210mm) ‒ Single sheet, one side

Express a spatial image (perspective drawing or sketch, etc.) with the wallpaper.

3. Entry sheet

A4 size landscape (W 297mm × H 210mm) ‒ Single sheet, one side

Download the entry sheet from the website. (

  • * Print out the downloaded entry sheet, fill out the requirements (including the web entry number and concept).
  • * Only entries in Japanese or English will be accepted.

Download entry sheet

How to submit

  1. (1) Submit one A2 size and one A3 size drawing board (1 mm or less in thickness), connect the A3 size drawing board (portrait) to the right side of the A2 drawing board (landscape) as indicated in the figure below.
    • * Join the boards together using adhesive tape on the back side.
  2. (2) Affix A. [Design illustration] to the A2 drawing board (landscape). Affix B. [Conceptual drawing] to the upper half of the A3 size drawing board (portrait). Affix C. [Entry sheet] to the lower half.
    • * A. [Design illustration] and B. [Conceptual drawing] can also be expressed or drawn directly onto the drawing board.
  3. (3) Fold the A3 size drawing board (portrait) inward and submit it as an A2 size.
    • * Do not roll it up or fold it into a size that is smaller than what is specified when submitting.
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Special Notes

Special Notes on Design

  • • The wallpaper product is rolled up with a width of 92cm.
  • • Three dimensional expressions such as surfaces with lots of concavo-convex are not allowed.
  • • When a specific material must be used, please note it in the entry sheet.


  • • Submissions that receive an award may be developed into a product.
  • • In the event that your submission is developed into a product, we may request that the winner participate in the product development meeting(s). The winner will be contacted separately with further details.
  • • In the event a submission is developed into a product, there may be adjustments to the design and materials due to the production process and standards, etc.

Rights and Regulations

  • • Entries must be applicant’s original pieces that have not been announced both domestically and internationally.
  • • Entries that have also been submitted in other contests or competitions shall not be accepted. In addition, the entry shall not be posted publicly without the consent of the promoter.
  • • All rights of the winning entry, including intellectual property rights in Japan and in all countries around the world (including the rights provided in Articles 27 and 28 of the Copyright Act), shall belong to the promoter and the entry applicant shall not exercise moral rights. Compensation for those rights shall be fulfilled with prize money.
  • • As a general rule, the rights, such as intellectual property rights, for entries that did not win an award shall belong to the applicant.
    However, the rights related to replication, publication, presentation and exhibition in regard to purposes related to this award, within the required scope, shall be retained by the promoter.
  • • If the entries and submitted materials (illustrations or images used therein) infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party (including infringement after entry), any award conferred may be withdrawn even after the results have been announced.
  • • We take every possible measure for the management of entries submitted, however, the promoter shall not be liable in any way for damage or loss due to a disaster or other unforeseen accident.
  • • Entries shall not be returned. When necessary, make a copy beforehand.
  • • For minors, consent from a parent or guardian is required when receiving an award.

Privacy Policy

The personal information of the applicant shall be managed by Sangetsu Corporation and only be used within the required scope for business communication, sharing event related news or statistical processing.

Privacy Policy

Operation, Management

Promoter: Sangetsu Corporation

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Attn: Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Award Office, Sangetsu Corporation

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Entry FAQs

I would like to change the title of my work that I originally submitted in the web entry. What should I do?

Please send an email to the competition organizer's office.
Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards Office, Bamboo Media Co., Ltd.

After entering into the competition via the web, can I change the content of my entry?

Please send an email to the competition organizer's office.
Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards Office, Bamboo Media Co., Ltd.

Can I cancel my web entry?

Please send an email to the competition organizer's office.
Sangetsu Wallpaper Design Awards Office, Bamboo Media Co., Ltd.

When entering multiple works into the competition, can I submit all the works under one entry?

No, you cannot do that. Each work must be entered separately.

Which Browsers work with web etntry page?

We recommend to use the one of system requirements below.

  • ・OS:Android4.4 and later
  • ・Browser : use the browsers installed in the devices.
  • ・OS:iOS9 and later
  • ・Browser : use the browsers installed in the devices.
  • ・OS:7、8.1、10
  • ・Browser : Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, recent version of FireFox
  • ・OS:Mac OS X
  • ・Browser : recent version of Safari, Google Chrome
  • ※Please make sure that JavaScript has been enabled.

About wallcovering

What type of wallcovering material can be used?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a common material used for wallcoverings, where the back side is made of a paper (lining paper) substrate over which an adhesive paste is spread to coat the paper.
Other special materials besides PVC include washi (traditional Japanese paper), paper, fabric, diatomaceous earth, foil (gold or silver), cork and lacquer. There are also other materials attached with sequins or glass beads.
As mentioned in the special notes, our wallcovering products are made in rolls with a width of 92 cm. Therefore, three dimensional expressions such as surfaces with lots of concavo-convex are not allowed.
If a material is specified that is difficult to produce in rolls, it will be difficult to make that into a product.
Please consider using thin and flexible material that is suitable for use as a wallcovering.
If the design is difficult to make into a product, we may ask you to change the material.

Does the wallcovering have to be applied vertically?
In addition, can I use different methods to apply (horizontally or in parts) the wallcovering and incorporate such methods into my design?

The wallcovering can also be applied in a horizontal direction.
We also accept designs that are based on a horizontal application or ones that are applied in parts.

Does the special note "three dimensional expressions such as surfaces with lots of concavo-convex are not allowed" mean that embossing cannot be used?

Embossing can be used.
Avoid using a design if it includes a three dimensional decoration on the surface that prevents the wallcovering from being rolled up.

Can a pearl-like color be used in the design?


I would like to see wallcovering examples. Where should I go to see them.

You can visit one of our Sangetsu showrooms or browse through the digital catalogue on our website to see examples of wallcoverings.
Check the links below for further details.
Digital catalogue:


When a submission has a large pattern design that uses the full A2 size (landscape layout), it is possible that a portion of the pattern design may extend beyond the trim edge.
To avoid that, should I use a conceptual drawing to explain the design?

If the pattern design is larger than an A2 size, use a conceptual drawing to express the entire design.
There is no specification to indicate a trimming location. Therefore, cut out and use the most representative or expressive part of the design or concept.

Is it OK to use any paper or drawing material for the design illustration?

There is no specific drawing material or paper that must be used for the design illustration.
Feel free to express your design either by outputting digital data or by freehand. However, always affix the design illustration to a drawing board for submission.
*Refer to entry requirements

There are drawing boards that are no greater than 1 mm in thickness, but they apparently are not available in certain art supply stores.
It is OK to use any drawing paper as long as its sturdy paper and not flimsy?

There are some stores that do not stock drawing boards that are no greater than 1 mm in thickness.
Please purchase the drawing board from stores or online stores that have drawing boards in that thickness range.

Mailing in submissions

I want to submit my entry. Please tell me the mailing address and phone number.

Mail-in Address
1-4-1 Habashita, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, 451-8575, Japan
Attn: Sangetsu Wallcovering Design Awards, Sangetsu Corporation

When mailing in the entry, is there is a specific courier or delivery service that must be used?

There is no specific service that must be used. Any service that is convenient is acceptable.
The participants are responsible for the postage fee regardless of the service being used.