About ADF Milano Salone Design Award 2021

ADF(NPO Aoyama Design Forum) decides to hold an exhibition in “Milano Salone (Salone Internazionale del Mobile)”, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition held once a year in Milano, Italy in 2021. We call for designs around the world for the “ADF Milano Salone Design Award 2021” following to the ADF Milano Salome Design Award 2020Milan Design Week is the collective term for the two fairs, Salone del Mobile Milano and Fuori Salone, which are held in Milan at the same time.

The Best Performance Award is 10,000 USD, and the winner is bestowed to exhibit the award-winning work as an extra prize(We support up to 10,000 USD separately as production and construction expenses).


ADF MIlano Salone Design Award 2020 - "CYLINDER × MATERIAL" by Rie Aruga


ADF MIlano Salone Design Award 2019 - "Tomi" by FORO Studio

Award entry will start from July 1, 2020 to November 15, 2020. Design them is the following:

Design Theme: “re_ “

“re_” literally means “to make something again”. ”re-BORN“ “re-CYCLE” “re-USE” “re-BUILD” “re-NOVATION”... Propose your own “re_” in your own way. Furniture, architecture, space, plan... The format is open.

Judging Criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Originality
  • Extensibility
  • Functionality
  • The space creates communication friendly environment


  • Eric Clough / 212box ARCHITECTURE PC
  • Kota Bando / BxSM


  • Best Performance Award 1 work Prize: 10,000 USD / Extra prize: Exhibit the award-winning work
  • Outstanding Performance Award 2 works Prize: 1,000 USD

※In some cases, there might not be applicable works.


Monday, January 25, 2021 Winners announced

”ADF Milano Salone 2021” Summary

TitleADF Milano Salone Design Award 2021
Design Theme“re_”
PeriodJuly1 – November 15, 2020

Best Performance Award – 1 work, Prize:10,000 USD 

Extra prize: Exhibition of the award-winning work

(ADF will sponsor for the production and site installation cost up to 10,000 USD for the Best Performance Award work)

Outstanding Performance Award - 2 works, Prize:1,000 USD

※There is a case of no corresponding work awarded.

Qualification RequirementsIndividual or group (1 project per group) 
Regardless of nationality
Application FeeFree
Application LanguageEnglish or Japanese only

About ADF

ADF (Aoyama Design Forum) is a non-profit organization established in Japan in 2009, and we aim for training and improving the status of designers worldwide. Since the establishment, we have been working closely with many design and architect associations throughout the world. As part of that, we have been showcasing at the “Milano Salone” since 2013, which is held once a year in Milan, Italy.

We are pleased to hold our 9th award since its first in 2013, “ADF Milano Salone Design Award”. By receiving many entries from all over the world through our partner organizations every year, this award has been growing as an international competition for product design.