A’ Design Awards & Competition Call for Entries 2014

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A’ Design Awards & Competition Call for Entries 2014

It’s almost time for A’ Design Award & Competition nominations. We’ve rounded up a selection of some of our favorites from the 2014 Edition, as well as a pre-selection of 2015 winners.


You’ve probably heard us talk about it before, but the A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading design award, reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages: A’ Design Award winning works are translated to all major languages in order to connect design lovers, press members and design buyers from all over.

Entries to the A’ Design Award & Competition are peer-reviewed and anonymously voted by an expert 50-person jury panel consisting of scholars, design professionals and media members following strict evaluation guidelines. There are over 100 different categories with different evaluation criteria to enter your works.

2014 Winner Favorites:

Top photo: Prism Coffee Table by Maurie Novak – this is a fantastic way to merge art and design. Imagine the options!


Marken Desk Home Desk furniture by Claudio Sibille – Mid-century meets modern


OMNI CLIP Sustainable Shoe Holder by Young Joo Tak – clever! My closet would look SO much cleaner if I could hang my shoes.


Ydin Stool Stool by Franck Divay – I love the way this is assembled with no tools: the top keeps it all together!

Photo: Isabel Rothier

Photo: Isabel Rothier

Dimdim Cradle, rocking chairs by Lisse Van Cauwenberge – this almost makes me want another kid – ALMOST.

Photo: Nagisa Kawashima, Hideyuki Kawamura

Photo: Nagisa Kawashima, Hideyuki Kawamura

pattern of tree In order to organic furniture. by studio Rope – Hiroyuki Morita – a modular sculpture that also functions as furniture

Photo: André Nazareth, Brasilian Forniture

Photo: André Nazareth, Brasilian Forniture

Baralho Armchair by Flávio Melo Franco – LOVE this chair and its brutalist bauhausness.


Woody 1 Log Holder by Kilian O’Sullivan – a new twist on a classic minimalist fire wood holder


Basilisa Armoire by Ito Kish – I’ll never look at wicker the same way again. They’ve managed to modernize and use it in a whole new way.

The A’ Design Prize, given to award winners, includes PR, publicity and marketing services in addition to an exclusive invitation to the glamorous Gala Night and Award Ceremony in Italy where award winners are presented their exclusive trophies, hardcover yearbook of best designs and design excellence certificates.


A’ Design Award winners are granted media exposure through features in prominent magazines, design interviews, inclusion in World Design Rankings and international exhibitions. Award winners are also granted a lifetime license to use the A’ Design Award Winner logo as a part of their communication.

A’ Design Award winner projects will be exhibited in three countries in 2015. First, the award winners will be exhibited at Mood, Como, Italy, followed by the exhibition in Hometex – Amsterdam, Netherlands and finally a grand exhibition will take place at Dublin, Ireland to celebrate Dublin’s 2015 World Design Hub designation.


Award winners will also be invited to attend the award ceremony in Italy to collect their award trophies, hardcover yearbooks and design excellence certificates as well as to connect and network with other award winning brands and designers.

And, in addition to all that pomp and circumstance, Design Milk will publish a selection of the best projects from A’ Design Award once the results are announced to public on April 15, 2015.

2015 Pre-Selected Winner Favorites:

Photography by Josh Lieberman, Martin van der Linden

Photography by Josh Lieberman, Martin van der Linden

Orandajima House Afterschool Facility by Martin Van Der Linden – really gorgeous lines and simple furnishings

Photo: Mr. Victor Wong of Corey Lesh Studio

Photo: Mr. Victor Wong of Corey Lesh Studio

OMO Modern Chair and Ottoman Chair and Ottoman by Omo Modern Design Team Mr. Lee/Mr. Kim – This looks like a fantastic place to take a nap.


POOLEAF Plastic ball pen by Sil Gi LEE, Chang youn KANG – you’ve seen those flower pens, well this is a much more modern and realistic take on the flora-inspired writing utensil


Vinylize Toney Eyewear by Zachary Milaskey – vinyl records become eyeglasses – genius!

Photo: Creator Ana Sosa and Guillermo Salhon, Tarro

Photo: Creator Ana Sosa and Guillermo Salhon, Tarro

Tarro Container by Diario – three materials and three textures in one.


Epi-Happy Tableware by George Drakakis – love that these were inspired by M.C. Escher. They also come apart in three pieces using magnets!

Photo: Martine Pinnel

Photo: Martine Pinnel

The Doubleface Chest of drawers by Ana Jimenez Palomar – this playful chest(s?) is one of five pieces in a collection inspired by Mexican masks.

The deadline for entries to the A’ Design Award & Competition is September 30, 2014, so don’t delay! Submit your work for consideration right here to get a complimentary preliminary score as well as to learn your acceptance status before nomination.

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.