A' Design Award and Competition

Golden Moon by Laboratory For Explorative Architecture & Design.

The annual A' Design Award and Competition seeks to find the best design projects and concepts from around the world. After selecting the recipients, the award program works to advertise and publish the creations to increase awareness and incentives for global design culture.

Winners are selected in over 40 categories, including package and graphic design, craft, fashion and jewellery, electronics, event organization and architecture – to name a few. The jury is comprised of over 20 academics, professionals, focus groups and enterprises.

Here’s a brief look at ten of our favourite winners from the 2012-2013 edition. See all the winners here.

Golden Moon by Laboratory For Explorative Architecture & Design
The Golden Moon is a temporary architectural structure that explores how Hong Kong's unique building traditions and craftsmanship can be combined with contemporary design techniques in the creation of a highly expressive and captivating public event space.

Aldar Headquarters by Mz Architects
The Aldar Headquarters designed by MZ Architects has a distinctive and innovative design: a semispherical building comprising two circular convex shaped facades linked by a narrow band of indented glazing. This iconic fully glazed structure is completely circular in elevation and curved in all other directions.

Easy Domes by Kari Thomsen
The design and structure of Easy Domes is the Platonic polyhedra the Icosahedron - here by cut of vertices and with practice of five eighths of the full figure to 21 strong load- and stabilizing wooden sections.

Drilling by Christian Kim
Drilling is a three-legged stool, which is composed of three identical aluminium parts. The multiple use of the same parts creates an advantage within the production process on the one hand and a formal neatness and simplicity on the other. The three parts of the stool are connected alongside their respective outward facing surfaces.

Méo by Desrochers Olivier
Just like a real game of building blocks ready to assemble, Meo is a construction with a childlike and innocent character that stands out for its rigor and balanced composition.

Deepe by Zoltan Madosfalvi
The object is a piggy bank.The unique character shaped appearance combines an expensive, prestigious jewelry features a lovable and kind and the constant presence of family members, fundraising is very functional properties.

Shoe Class by Ruud Belmans
Pinkeye was asked to convert an existing but worn down store space into a hip ‘talk of the town’ sneaker store, on a shoestring - no pun intended. The inspiration came from the store space's existing floor tiles, which reminded us of our old classroom. So we used old school furniture as display and shop fitting structures.

Edition Richmond by Cecconi Simone
The show gallery re-imagines its automotive legacy and Edition Richmond as art, linking the twenty urban residences to Queen West, Toronto’s leading arts corridor nearby. On exhibit are an assortment of white-painted car parts and a whitewashed Austin America, an installation that doubles as storage for Edition Richmond’s brochures.

Aix Arome Cafe by One Plus Partnership
Located in Shenzhen Bay OCT Harbour Theme Park, blue and green color scheme represent the ocean theme. Huge gray egg- shaped cashier and water bar implies the characteristic of coffee bean which seems bitter but tasty. Furniture with various organic appearance present vibrant mood into the interior.

Segmentation by Ayhan Guneri
The showroom was prepared in the last quarter of 2012 for a firm which is active in the international arena and an important brand in footwear industry, met with visitors. The themes of different spaces that forming complex was prepared with inspiring styles of shoes and the complex occured that composed of showrooms and a lounge.

Links and Further Content

World Design Rankings 2012 

Designer Rankings 2012

Interviews with the Winners

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