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Win up to 1000€

How does modern living influence the design of an item of home furnishing?
What is comfort and how does the way we live alter and influence it?
How can we improve the life-cycle of a sofa through innovative design, sustainability and circularity?
How can we develop new trends that fulfill people’s wish for social and captivating design?

The Vilmers Design Award was established to help answer these questions.
To find the designer of tomorrow, with an eye for aesthetic design and a passion for functional and sustainable furniture.

By submitting an entry you agree to the Vilmers Design Awards competition rules.

Who can participate?

It doesn’t matter to us if you are top of your class at one of the world’s most respected design schools, a self-taught furniture lover or you’re just starting on your journey as a professional designer. What we’re looking for is passionate designs, forward thinking ideas and unexpected solutions. So literally anyone!

The winner
takes it all.

The winner of each category will receive the following:

  • An invitation to participate in the development of your winning design idea. From design to finished product, together with the Vilmers team.
  • Your design will be hand-crafted in our factory and presented at the IMM Cologne Fair 2023.
  • Prize giving takes place at the IMM Cologne Fair.
  • Launch of winning design at the IMM Cologne Fair. Including press screening with personal presentation and interview with the winner(s) and demo of the winning design.
  • Marketing and sales through Vilmers’ channels and networks.
  • The possibility of a two year design contract with Vilmers.

The winners will also receive a cash prize of:

1000€ – Winning Sofa design
1000€ – Winning chair design
500€ – Winning footstool, bench, daybed design

How to enter.

You can send in a maximum of one entry for each of the following categories:

→ Sofas
→ Armchairs
→ Foot stools, benches, day beds

You’re able to present your proposal(s) with text, sketches, 2D or 3D rendered photos, sound and/or video.
Fill in our online form and send it with your complete contribution no later than 1 January 2023 to us here.
Remember to label every part of your contribution with your name!

Things to think about.

Get to know us. Interpret the Vilmers brand through your designs. Familiarise yourself with our values, our ideas, our drive for sustainability and our customer base. Everything you need is waiting for you at
Tell us how you arrived at your final design(s) and in what way your contribution fits in with the Vilmer’s brand.

Tell us how your design tackles issues like comfort, functionality, aesthetics, and climate impact throughout the sofa’s life cycle.

Impress us. Surprise us. Challenge us. And above all;
convince us through forward thinking design and attention to detail.

We do not need prototypes. But we want to see;
sketches / 3D drawings or renderings and a brief text regarding functionality, design, materials and use.

Submit your design proposal in PDF formats where possible, including a completed competition form / link.
Remember to name all files or documents with your name!

By submitting an entry you agree to the Vilmers Design Awards competition rules.


All design applications, apart from the winning designs will be returned to their designers after the close of the competition. Vilmers will hold no rights to these returned designs. // Ownership of the winning designs will pass to Vilmers with a royalty paid to the designer(s) for each product sold. These designs and their designers will work in partnership with Vilmers to create and produce a finished product that will be added to the Vilmers collection