The IHA created its Student Design Competition in 1993 to invigorate the housewares industry with the fresh ideas of top student designers and to encourage young talent to consider careers in the housewares business. Now in its 29th year, IHA’s competition is unique in the U.S. as the longest-running, industry-sponsored, merit-recognition program for industrial design students. The competition challenges college students to redesign a current houseware product to meet the needs of the future or to create a concept for a new product.

Winning projects are selected for their innovation, understanding of production and marketing principles, and quality of entry materials.Six inventions took home top prizes at the International Housewares Association’s 31st annual Student Design Competition. The winners were selected from what the IHA reports as a record-breaking 358 entries from 31 schools around the world.

Winning projects are selected for their innovation, understanding of production and marketing principles and quality of entry materials, according to IHA. Since 1993, more than 6,900 entries have been submitted to the IHA student design competition. Several winners have launched successful careers in the housewares and design industries and have returned to judge other student contestants.

The winning industrial design students and their products will be on display during The Inspired Home Show 2024, IHA’s March 17-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The winners and their products can be viewed on the show’s website.

BID student, Alexander Mossdorf, was one of the 3rd place winners at the IHA 2024 Student Design Competition with his Air Quality Appliance, The Mode.

The Mode is an air-quality appliance with air filtration and vacuuming capabilities. The two-in-one appliance is designed to promote a cleaner, safer environment while cutting down on costs compared to other such products on the market.

Home-based workshops often do not have the required amount of air filtration needed to render the air quality fit for users. The Mode is the quintessential air-quality appliance for home-workshop users who value space and accessibility. Its functionality allows it to provide air filtration with vacuuming capabilities. The product runs passively as a particulate extractor while the vacuum function is not in use. This is possible through its uniquely designed intake.

Judges’ Comments:

  • Nice idea and presentation
  • Slick mood board
  • Packaging was excellent

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