A’Design Award & Competition is among the most important and popular design competitions, assigning hundreds of awards every year. The deadline to register for the 2019/20 edition is September 30th
Every year, dozens and dozens of products are designed around the world. A’Design Award and Competition is a competition addressed to designers and companies eager to submit their projects to an international audience of journalists, bloggers, buyers and design operators in general. For each edition, hundreds of products and projects are examined, and the award certifies the quality of a project.
The first deadline for submitting projects for the next edition is September 30th. Click here to register.
Participating: the benefits
Taking part in the competition offers many advantages. The winning projects receive a certificate, an award trophy and an invitation to the gala dinner at the award ceremony. However, there are many other advantages: the products are displayed during the winners’ exhibition and published in the Annual Yearbook, the volume that contains all the projects and is sent to specialized press. The campaign to promote the winning projects also entails their inclusion in the press kits sent by DesignPRWire, an interview on Design Magazine, and the concrete sales support of a Design Mediator. Moreover, it is also possible to use the award logo and the project is included in the World Design Rankings. If that’s not enough, there are other specific benefits for each category of participants: click here to learn more about them.
A’Design Award & Competition: the categories
The award includes 100 categories, each of which is made up of several subcategories. The 100 categories are grouped into Good Industrial Design Award, Good Architecture Design Award, Good Product Design Award, Good Communication Design Award, Good Service Design Award, Good Fashion Design Award. Good Industrial Design Award, for example, includes Furniture, Decorative items and Homeware design, which gathers all furnishing items, such as chairs, tables, benches, sofas and upholstered furniture, and furniture in general; Lighting Products and Projects Design, with lighting products of various kinds and all the projects where lighting plays an important role; Home Appliances Design, including all appliances; Baby, Kids’ and Children’s Product Design, featuring products for children; Street Furniture Design, dedicated to street furniture; Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design, dedicated to all the products for the table and the kitchen.
The international jury consists of design experts, researchers, designers, architects and professional operators, journalists and communication professionals. Here are the links to the members of the jury and the methodology adopted for the selection.
Following are some winning projects of the 2018 edition of the A’Design Award & Competition
Furniture, Decorative items and Homeware design
Awarded in the Furniture, Decorative items and Homeware design category, Kurio, by Markus Hofko, is a modular shelving system made of wood and aluminum panels, inspired by cabinets of curiosities. Thanks to its interlocking system, it can take on endless configurations, in line with one’s needs.
Another product awarded in the Furniture, Decorative items and Homeware design category is Pig, designed by Favaretto & Partners for the Chinese company Lightspace. Pig is a padded seat with a playful soul, equipped with a writing top and storage space for magazines.
Lighting Products and Projects Design
In the Lighting Products and Projects Design section, we find Orizuru Room, an installation inspired by origami. Made by Atsushi Kobayashi during a festival in the city of Manazuru, the installation Orizuru – meaning origami crane – interacted with visitors, changing color and turning the music on or off as people passed by.
Home Appliances Design
Among the winners in the Home Appliances Design category is the NikolaTesla Switch induction hob, by Fabrizio Crisà for Elica. NikolaTesla Switch is a cooktop with integrated hood concealed by a glass and cast iron ring that disappears when not in use. It is also available in a contrasting color for a distinctive aesthetics.
Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design
Cloud Wine Holder, by Elmira Deldari and Nhi Ton for Elladal, is a modular walnut bottle rack serving two functions. Each module can accommodate three bottles and is made up of two shaped wooden pieces joined by pins; each piece can also be used as a tray for serving appetizers. Awarded in the Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design category.
Baby, Kids’ and Children Product Design
The Lola cradle by Bermbach Handcrafted Gmbh is handcrafted in rattan and leather, with metal legs and wooden feet. A sustainable object consisting of a rattan and leather structure, with a wooden base. Awarded in the Baby, Kids’ and Children Product Design category.
Street Furniture Design
An idea to solve the problem of public breastfeeding and add quality elements to street furniture was awarded in the Street Furniture Design category. Heer is a bench for breastfeeding characterized by a high enveloping backrest, designed by 52Hours and made of resin. The bench with high backrest provides women with shelter from prying eyes as well as a comfortable and clean surface for breastfeeding. [Text Anguilla Segura]