A’Design Award and Competition Roundup

A wise man once said that design competitions are like insurance for the consumers, as they provide incentive to progress. A fair enough assessment if you ask me, which is why we participate and go through the motions of innovating and progressing. Here is a look at the recent A’Design Award and Competition; a round up of the five best designs we liked.

1) Usb Speaker and Mic by Yen Lau

The speaker and mic work like a speakerphone and connect to the computer via USB. Whenever a call comes in, simply tell the computer to answer it, and use it as a hands-free device.

2) Vanilla by Sahar Madanat Haddad

An elegant chair that is inspired by the silver genration.

3) Fashion Interaction Dress by Gholamali Balouch

Fashion Interaction Dress is a communicative, interactive & programmable garment based on a wearable LED screen matrix. It interacts with users via joystick or other devices (USB port, webcam, etc.)

4) Spin Chair by Jesper Legaard Jensen

A classic yet characteristic design that exhudes life and personality. It can spin playfully when no one sits in it.

5) Live Screen Self-Sustaining Vertical Garden by Danielle Trofe

The Live Screen is a sculptural, self-irrigating vertical planter system that is comprised of tiered, organic-shaped pods that can house many different forms of vegetation. It promotes plant growth, sustains biodiversity, improves air quality and can serve as a healthy herb and produce source.


  • Julie Thomas says:

    Participants could check http://www.whatisadesignaward.com to learn more about the awards, follow us at twitter or facebook

  • Stockholm says:

    The chairs up there look like they’d probably be enjoyable, but that might be the worst dress ever!

  • Sara says:

    i LOVE the chair! Where can you buy it?

  • Julie Thomas says:

    The Chair, which is also very ergonomic and well engineered is by Sahar Madanat Haddad, a very talented designer. The dress on the other hand is by Gholamali Balouch and is not just an aesthetic dress; It displays a message over time, it is interactive and it is a prototype!

  • What fabulous designs! Each one has it’s uses, but the self-sustaining garden is the ultimate on this list, in my opinion. A lot of people have plants in their homes, and there are a lot of others who have trouble with keeping their plants alive. This is a great, modern-looking approach to house plants to match just about any decor.

  • Sara says:

    Julie, how did you know I was talking about the Vanilla chair? hahah both are great but I especially like the Vanilla 🙂

  • Julie Thomas says:

    Further A’ Design Award Winners can be seen from http://www.awardwinningdesign.org (also includes other categories, such as arts, crafts, architecture etc)

    @Sara: I guess it is intuition! 🙂

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