IAI Design Award, referred to as "IAI", organized by Asia Pacific Designers Federation (APDF), is a prestigious international competition. As one of the most influential design competitions in the world, its juries will determine the awards based on outstanding design works, the winners of which are from around the world. The IAI Design Award has been regarded as a new global design award with high recognition and values around the world.
The IAI Design Award began as the Asia-Pacific Interior Design Biennial Grand Prix held in 2006. During this period, the award name changed three times. In 2014, it was changed to "IAI Design Award", which was recognized by many authoritative media at home and abroad, such as CCTV who regarded IAI as "the Oscar award in design filed". In 2019, the IAI transformed again, dividing itself into three major sub-awards, including IAI Intelligent Manufacturing Award (IAI+IM), IAI Architecture Award (IAI+A), and IAI Interior Award (IAI+I). In 2022, IAI established a completer IAI award setting and evaluation system by adding new award, IAI Elite Award (IAI+E), which have made IAI be more professional, and have gained higher authority and reputation so that the status of IAI as a global design award established.
The IAI Design Award is awarded to designers, colleges and design institutions that have made outstanding contributions to innovation and sustainability. For the IAI design award winners, IAI will publish a yearbook of winning works, which will be distributed to the public to seek business cooperation. The IAI Design Award covers interior design, architecture and landscape design, intelligent manufacturing design including industrial product design, visual communication and brand design, fashion design, digital intelligence design, etc. APDF set up the IAI Design Award in Asia, which aims to play a role as a bridge link to empower design creativity and business, sustainable development of economy and environment. Meanwhile, APDF is also aims to play an connecting role to empower the development of cities and industries. At the same time, APDF engages in looking for the best design cases to demonstrate the creativity and wisdom of designers and the greatest value of design to the public.
IAI Award Ceremony
IAI Metauniverse Design Exhibition
IAI Design Forum Guest Sharing Session
IAI Design Forum Guest Interaction Session
IAI Design Forum Art and Technology Sub-Forum
Founder- Oskar Ho
IAI Trophy Story
Since the establishment of the IAI Design Award in 2006, the trophies have changed in shape and material almost every year to embody innovation. Oskar Ho, chairman of the IAI Design Award design the new IAI trophy in 2017, in order to establishes a highly recognizable and unified image of the IAI competition brand, the design concept of which was conceived by himself. At the same time, Mr. Eric Gizard, a famous French designer, was specially invited to be responsible for the sculpt design, and finally a trophy with its own characteristics and award concept was created and appeared at the IAI Awards Ceremony in 2017 where the trophy instantly won the attention of countless designers once the it was unveiled. And then with several round of material updates, the trophy have formed its high-end texture, demonstrating its status as a world-wide design award. With the growing influence of the IAI Design Award, the IAI trophy has become one of the most valuable trophies in the world.
The main colors of IAI trophies are gold and silver, characterizing the simplicity and uniqueness. The main structure is made of three right-angled blocks of different sizes, which looks like a free-falling building. This structure takes use of the "mortise and tenon" , a structure of traditional Chinese architecture, independent units of which combine together without the use of nail to form a high construction, insinuating the growth of IAI from a single interior award to a full range of design awards such as architectural design and industrial design, which demonstrates the highly consistent philosophic thoughts with the essence of Taoist philosophy theories including “man is an integral part of nature” and "one giving birth to two, two giving birth to three, and three giving birth to all things" . This coincidence implies the extraordinary birth of IAI, and fully demonstrates IAI's preciseness, objectivity, inclusiveness, openness, and also embodies its courage to ceaselessly challenge the limit of life and infinite possibilities of future development. The IAI trophies also convey the core values of IAI Design Award to the outside world, including rigor, fairness and impartiality, adhering to the concept of sustainable development that integrates traditional cultures with the modern innovations.