Whether you’re a designer or just someone who loves well-designed objects, this years A’Design Award winners are amazing to see. If you’re not familiar, the A’ Design Award is the world’s largest design awards and a leading international annual juried competition for designers and other creatives.
The A’ Design Awards takes place annually and recognizes projects from around the world; winning categories including, spatial design, industrial design, communications, fashion, systems, as well as achievements in art and literature. The honourees are recognized under five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron.
The goal of the award is to raise global awareness of good design practices. It’s also to promote the best design works from around the world. And this year there were 1,958 winners from 98 countries in 97 different design disciplines.
For those who have emerged as winners in this competition, the experience is guaranteed to be a fruitful one. In addition to bing recognized by the discerning International Design Academy, they’re also given one of the world’s largest design prizes; a valuable publicity opportunity and dozens of fabulous gifts. To comprehend the massive scale and scope of the A’ Design Award, you can check out this fascinating report that breaks down the competition into understandable numbers.
To give you a general highlight, I’ve gathered ten favourites from the A’ Design Award winners below. You can head over to the A’ Design Awards’ online gallery for more top past and present design winners.
A’ Design Award Top 10
The Pavilia Hill Premium Condominium Landscape
Japanese garden designer Shunmyo Masuno was awarded Platinum for the landscaping of the Pavilla Hill Premium Condominium. The designs included a meditation room with a waterfall that fills the floor with water.
Manshausen Hospitality, Sport, Hotel, Wellness/Spa
Commissioned by the Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland, the Manshausen Island Resort was designed by Snorre Stinessen to provide accommodation for hiking, fishing, skiing and diving trips. Three of the four cabins cantilever over the stone quays that formed moorings for fishing boats, while the fourth is set at an angle to the coastline on a rocky shelf.
Jazz is an artistic and lavish design project that aims to challenge our perception on how do we imagine a shower. It’s designed to be the artistic object that fulfils the looks of a modern bathroom space by creating a unique user experience through the shape of a trumpet.
Heaven is a place on Earth
Heaven is a place on Earth by Dr. Regina Dahmen-Ingenhoven is a lighting installation that reacts by dazzling, sparkling or vanishing in accordance to how the sunlight meets the curtain. Designed for the Swarovski Works in Wattens, Austria.
Nikita Pasta packaging
Using the strands and shapes of pasta to create an interesting series of packaging, it definitely captures your attention on the shelves. It emphasizes the high-quality & naturalness of pasta.
Infinitas Mega Yacht
In its form it resembles the symbol for infinity. The Infinitas by Schopfer Yachts is a 300 foot (91.5 meter) mega yacht that challenges traditional conceptions for luxury boat design. Instead of being located at the stern, the pool becomes the central feature in the middle of the design, promoting the idea that all activities should evolve around the indoor/outdoor experience.
The Renard GT motorcycle by Andres Uibomäe strikes a balance between the 1930s design and todays. The result, which features an ultra-light composite unibody, longitudinally mounted V2 engine and a carbon-fibre monocoque, combines high-technology materials with the Scandinavian form.
Marais Piano cake packaging
The inspiration for this design, the piano, is an instrument that creates beautiful harmonies from the combination of each individual key’s sound. In Japan, the piano is considered to be a special symbol of elegance and splendour.
The Halo lamp by Matthew McCormick was born out of a custom commission for Bottega Gold. The resulting design hangs elegantly as art pieces, resembling the brand through its warm tones, gold housing and clean forms.
The Loyly public sauna and restaurant by Avanto Architects Ltd. provides foreign visitors with a must-do public sauna experience. Covered in a free form wooden cloak, the lamellas function to block views from the outside, but form steps for people to climb up to the roof of the building.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.