China Takes the Top Spot in A’ Design Award’s 2020 World Rankings

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China Takes the Top Spot in A’ Design Award’s 2020 World Rankings

There’s been a shakeup this year in A’ Design Award’s 2020 World Design Rankings (WDR)! China surpassed the United States of America to rank number 1 among 108 represented countries. The U.S. took the number 2 spot followed by Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Taiwan, Germany, Turkey and Australia.

The 2020 design rankings of countries is based on the number of design awards won at this world renown international juried design competition.

There were 86 platinum design awards won globally and two new countries are included in the rankings: Macau (China) and Iraq.

Besides the rankings, which you can find at, there are three additional tables for each country—strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. “Design Strengths” displays dominant design fields, in which a country is highly competitive and successful; “Design Weaknesses” displays fields where countries might improve.

Additionally, “Design Business Insights” ranks countries by their design fields and creative categories so you can discover which countries are ranked the top in Interior Design, Fashion Design or Industrial Design. To drill it down further, the “Designer Rankings” lets you discover top designers, architects and creatives.

The 2020 World Design Rankings are a great way to learn more about design from around the world, get inspired by global designers for your own work or find design partners or creatives. We always love to pour over the winning designs from each year—the creativity never disappoints. Take a look at some of these inspiring designs from previous A’ Design Award & Competition winners below! To register for the upcoming competition, visit here.

Photo: Berwin Coroza

Haleiwa Chair by Melissa Mae Tan

Photo: Marco Guariglia

Fllipping Hanger And Art Decor Coat Hangers by Marco Guariglia and Jui-Ju Lin

PinTheTime Planner Clock by F. Saffari and Z. Ghiasi and H. Farsi

Rendering: nomadd+

Solar Skywalks Energetic Activation of Footbridges by Peter Kuczia

Photo: ©Stirling Elmendorf

Cloud of Luster Wedding Chapel by Tetsuya Matsumoto

Photo: Manolo Langis – Langoworks

Crestridge Residence Single Family Home by Colega Architects

The Linear House House by Christos Pavlou

Photo: Tamara Uribe

Casa Lupita Residential House by Binomio Taller

Phoenix Tree Garden Tea Space by Qingfan Zhang

Poise Adjustable Table Lamp by Dabi Robert

Photo: Happystudio

Hide and Climb Residence by Maggie Yang and Jimmy Yung

Omakase Restaurant by Tianwen Sun

Photo: Shao Feng

Meland Kids Club by Xiang Li

If you’d like to nominate a design for the next competition, visit here.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.