The Theme is Marriage of Aesthetics and Sustainability

In the dynamic landscape of 2024, where global attention converges on sustainable well-being and the seamless integration of cutting-edge AI technology, the 2024 Kyoto Global Design Awards (KGDA) extends an invitation to imaginative designers and inventors worldwide. This year's focal point is the harmonious marriage of aesthetics and sustainability, urging creators to forge captivating, eco-conscious, and socially impactful masterpiece elevations. The NPO Aoyama Design Forum (ADF) supports the Kyoto Global Design Awards as a media partner.


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The annual Kyoto Global Design Awards, meticulously curated by international experts and design associations, serves as a world recognizing exceptional designs globally. This all-encompassing platform warmly embraces designers of all genders, nationalities, and ages, offering a stage where their creations can take centre stage. Beyond the allure of accolades, the KGDA aspires to catalyse a more profound impact – guiding the public in reshaping their relationship with the environment through the aesthetic visions of designers, and fostering meaningful change. Let design become the transformative force that shapes a sustainable future, seamlessly merging beauty and responsibility on the global stage. As a prestigious global design accolade, KGDA acknowledges design companies and designers demonstrating potential, leading industry trends, and crafting innovative designs. The highest honour for designers and companies to spotlight the most outstanding works / projects through a rigorous judging process, introducing their exceptional designs to the world.

The Seven Available Categories

  1. Real Estate
  2. Environment
  3. Restaurants Hotels / Bars
  4. Trends (Fashion)
  5. Visual
  6. Industry
  7. Theory

Additionally, there is a special category called "Best 100", where nominees are exclusively selected by the KGDA's Committee and its media partners.


2023 KGDA Winner in Best100 - Studio MK27
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2023 KGDA Winner in Best100 - MVRDV
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2023 KGDA Winner in Real Estate -Tokyo Toilet Project by The Nippon Foundation
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2023 KGDA Winner in Industrial Design - Honey Drop Lighting by Akira Nakagomi
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To participate in the Kyoto Global Design Awards 2024, choose from the seven available categories and submit your work / project. Winning the Kyoto Global Design Award is a pinnacle achievement that can propel you into international design Hall of Fame recognition.


2023 KGDA Winner in Restaurant / Hotel / Bar - SUSHI KOJI by KAWAGUCHI ATSUSHI
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2023 KGDA Winner in Environment - 50 QUEENS by Golden Days, BIG, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Studio C
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2023 KGDA Winner in Theory - OPTIC: Optical Effects in Graphic Design
Author: Jon Dowling
Publisher: Counter-Print
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2023 KGDA Winner in Visual Design - K38 Go Hi Mart by INPIN DESIGN
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2023 KGDA Winner in Trend Design - SABI by Aki Saito
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2023 KGDA Winner in Restaurant / Hotel / Bar - KSANA tea house by Juti architects
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The Kyoto Global Design Award

It is founded on the belief that awardees serve as exemplary models, demonstrating that sustainable design can seamlessly integrate functionality and beauty. Their work not only inspires the design industry but also resonates with society at large. Winning this accolade is more than just recognition; it is an honour that empowers recipients to expand their business and creative influence. The meticulous evaluation of their endeavours aims to inspire a broader community of designers to adopt sustainable and socially responsible practices. The ultimate goal is to foster a collective commitment that contributes to a better and more sustainable future for all.

Timeline - KGDA 2024

Submission DeadlineAugust 31th, 2024
Jury ScreeningSeptember
Winner AnnouncementOctober
Application Fee€80 to €650/per project (Student / ADP member / General)