YD Handpicks: Winning designs from the A’ Design Awards 2016-17

Another year, another set of incredible designs from the A’ Design Awards and Competition! The winners this year set a benchmark for the years to come. We’ve mentioned before how winning a design competition puts a feather in your cap, but winning the A’ Design Award can propel not just your career, but even your designs forward, helping them reach a larger audience of patrons and design enthusiasts (and a lot more!).

We’ve hand-picked ten of our favorites from this year’s list of winners spanning categories such as Product Design, Lighting Design, Architecture, Transportation, Medical, and Social Design. Scroll down below to have a look at what’s making the waves this year in the design circuit! And don’t forget to register below to participate in the Competition next year! You can even nominate your favorite designs and help them secure an A’ Design Award!


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YD Handpicks: 10 Winning Designs from A’ Design Awards 2016-17

The Textura Braille Smartphone by Isa Verde didn’t just win a prize, but it also won our hearts a while back when we first covered it. Read more about it here!


Say hello to this shape-shifting chandelier. The inMOOV Adjustable movable lamp by Studio Lieven is a marine-life inspired ornate origami lighting that can be adjusted to take on different avatars, just with a slight push!

It was a no-brainer that the Art4leg 3D printed prosthetic by Tomas Vacek would make it to this list. I kind of like it more than the leg I already have! Plus, the leg’s pattern is designed to look pretty while staying light and taking a lot of vertical stress.


The Only Clock by Vadim Kibardin is rather simple. It combines the beauty of a frame with the functionality of the clock. Not only can you read the time in a simple format, you can even look through the clock at the wonderful cityscape!


If 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, the Happaratus sculpture tool by Morten Grønning is rapidly changing model-making. Imagine being able to sculpt with your fingers. That’s what the Happaratus does. Small grinding and sanding machines strap to your fingers, allowing you to sculpt unbelievably complex and organic surfaces by just running your fingers across a material.

You don’t require much therapy at the Manshausen Wellness Spa by Snorre Stinessen. It cantilevers over a precipice, giving you an unconditionally beautiful look at the vast and calming sea. That’s pretty much all the therapy you’d need!

Forget what you knew about thermometers. This Non Contact Thermometer by Tobia Repossi can actually measure your body temperature accurately to 1/10th of a degree… without even touching you!

This sheet-metal ‘blanket’ on the Noor Island Park by 3deluxe architecture combines intricate Arabian ornamentation along with parametric surfacing. The result? A beautiful, organic, hypnotic piece of architecture!

The Raven Kick scooter by Ignas Survila may look familiar. That’s because we wrote about it right here after it won the Red Dot! Now armed with an A’ Design Award, this ultra-portable scooter is ready to set your streets on fire!

The Espire Full Face Gas Mask by Carlos Schreib is exactly what safety masks should look like. Not only does it purify the air going into your nose and mouth, it even guards your eyes from smoke, dust, and harmful chemicals. What’s more, it cleverly creates a wall between the breathing zone and the viewing zone so you don’t have to worry about your visor fogging up with your breath!