A’ Design Award and Competition 2014 – Winners

It’s time again to announce the winners of A’ Design Award & Competition, with more than 12,000 entries in more than 100 categories from 208 countries, you will find amazing products, buildings, accessories, and much more. A’ Design Award & Competition has been a prestigious design competition that attracts thousands of designers from around the world to showcase their best works. It sets a benchmark for design development in different countries and the winning designs along with the designers get international fame in an instant.

Here are 20 amazing designs among hundreds that we’d like to share with you.

1. Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez
Remember the old days when leather jacket clad riders raced from one café to another just to prove themselves? Well, those days were the inspiration of this project. Black Shadow H-E (Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle) features vintage style with modern technology. Its carbon titanium composite frame making this vehicle becomes a lightweight, ecological bike with vintage styling.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez

2. Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand
Inspired by the form of seashells, this beautiful artistic Schon Lamp attracts everyone to approach to touch it. The light surface is located at the center to create soft illumination and uniform light to its surrounding. Simply touch the body to turn the light on/off.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand

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Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

With a combination of Volvic volcanic lava stone and carbon fiber, Onyx Sofa becomes a unique, beautiful 3-meter long seat. Designed by Peogeut Design Lab, this sofa was presented for the first time at Milan Design Week 2014, it is the first line of “made to measure” furniture range, in collaboration with Pierre Gimbergues.

Volvic stone has spent thousands of years filtering water for its aquifer before getting sharp straight cut then hand carved to be integrated with hi-tech carbon fiber. The shapes of the carbon fiber are very structured and precisely adjusted to the volcanic stone. This sofa becomes the symbol of robustness of this French car brand.

Designer : Peugeot Design Lab

Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

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Filotto : Elegant Pool Table with Crystal Structure

Filotto, a classic game of billiards gets a make over. Designed for Calma e Gesso, this design answers the challenge to re-create a product with such a long history without so much evolution. A game of billiards was a symbol of leisure originating back from the palaces of the bourgeois which then has become a popular sport across generations. However, the pool table design has always been a work of artisan carpentry, a design that is “frozen in time”.

Taking away the strongest elements of traditional pool table design and re-interpreting them into a new product, Adriano Design has managed to re-create familiar green wool suspended in beautiful crystal structure.

Designer : Adriano Design

Filotto by Adriano Design for Calma e Gessol

Filotto by Adriano Design for Calma e Gessol

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A’Design Award & Competition 2014 – Last Call for Submissions – 3 Days Left!

There are only 3 days left guys, hurry up! This is a friendly reminder to all designers all around the world, time is ticking so if you plan to submit your design/project to A’Design Award & Competition, you better hurry. It’s A’Design Award & Competition last call for submission, the deadline is February 28, 2014, so pick your best works and submit them now.

We have featured an article about this competition, you can read it here, it’s a prestigious design competition that will certainly expose your design portfolio to larger audience. The PR push will get the world to notice your talent, a dream of every young designer to gain recognitions.

A’Design Award & Competition 2014 - Last call for submission

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AWWA Sky Whale Concept Plane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA “Sky Whale” Concept Plane is a project about the future “green” aircraft designs for the regular airline’s planes of the 21st century, that could be based in a technical solutions more friendly with the environment, most efficient and with the maximum performance.

For example it is expected to use systems that will:

  • Reduce aircraft drag
  • Reduce aircraft weight
  • Reduce engine specific fuel consumption
  • Reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions of the engine
  • Reduce aircraft noise by 1/8 compared with current standards
  • Reduce damages in a hypothetical emergency landing
  • Increase its self-sufficiency

The AWWA-VA could be equipped with a new advanced technologies from alloys, ceramic or fiber composites, carbon nanotube and fiber optic cabling to self-healing skin, hybrid electric engines, active wings , double fuselages and virtual reality windows with adaptable opacity and capable to create electric energy with micro solar cells in hexagonal geometry like a part of structure’s ceiling. Compared to the typical wing used today, the active wings are longer from tip to tip, with an active air flow control system – eccentric turbine inside the wing near to the fuselage – which could redirect the laminar air flow and turbulences and at the same time produce electric energy for the hybrid engines (4 oversize electric-fuel engines). Projected advances in battery technology enable a unique, hybrid turbo-electric propulsion system.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

AWWA Sky Whale Concept Plane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA Sky Whale Concept Plane by Oscar Viñals

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Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System by Carbon Design Group

Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System is an innovative all-in-one surgical device designed by Carbon Design Group. This medical device offers simple user interaction and empowers surgeons to restore patient dexterity. Do you know that there are millions of people affected by Carpal tunnel syndrome? It’s pretty painful and more often than not debilitating condition, the median nerve is compressed in the narrow canal between the bones of the wrist and the ligament at the base of the palm. Surgeons treat carpal tunnel syndrome by dividing this ligament to relieve pressure on the nerve.

A.M. Surgical advanced this procedure with the Clear Cannula, which allows a clear view of the surgical field while protecting structures including the median nerve. The A.M. Surgical scope-mounted blade further optimized the treatment.

Despite these advancements, the procedure as a whole was still cumbersome. Introducing the cannula required using a secondary tool to advance it into the carpal tunnel. This was done blindly and at times would require multiple attempts to correctly position the cannula within the tunnel. Furthermore, application of the scope-mounting blade onto the scope required the assistance of OR staff leading to increased steps and inefficiencies.

Solving these problems would create a faster, safer, and more effective surgery.

Designer : Carbon Design Group

Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System by Carbon Design Group

Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System by Carbon Design Group

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nThree Electric Vehicle Offers The Comfort of A Car with The Cost of An E-Bike

nThree electric vehicle aims to provide you with affordable, personal vehicle that features the comfort of a car yet with the cost of an e-bike. It sounds pretty ambitious and interesting, doesn’t it? Let’s read what these designers have to say about the project.

Following the recent electric revolution of lightweight vehicles around the world, the nThree is a new design, following the very successful nCycle e-bike concept. With the irreversible process of global economies turning towards renewable energy, the way we see and use the city has already changed and is set to do so dramatically in the next few years.

With our increased awareness and sensitivity towards energy consumption, courtesy among others of the most recent economic crisis, in the last 4-5 years, personal transportation has begun a slow but steady drift away from the model we have come to know in the past century. The 10s and hundreds of new e-bikes and electric cars like the Renault Twizy or Toyota i-Road have shown the way to a more personal and conscious approach. Our new concept builds on the characteristics and refines the strengths of these vehicles to bring electric power even closer to the mass market.

Small electric cars, tricycles and quadricycles all suffer from the same inherent drawback; they are meant to be cheap and affordable but they end up being expensive like real cars because they are BUILT like real cars. The mission on the nThree was to address these conceptual and design shortcomings and design an affordable, single-seat electric vehicle that would offer all (or most) of the comforts of an electric car at the cost of an e-bike.

To achieve the objectives, the nThree electric vehicle was built with a simplistic approach reminiscent on the nCycle. In first place, the vehicle was reduced to the most essential stable geometry of three wheels to reduce cost. Even though the latest small electrics are a great way to move around the urban areas, there is something about these offerings that does not look great at all: Price. Starting from about 7000 Euros and above these 1-2 seaters cost almost as much as a cheap standard car and more than many used ones in good condition.

Designers : Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

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MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System by Oscar Vinals

MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System, just like its name suggests, it can be used to launch wide variety space rockets. You probably can guess the designer behind this project, yes, the one and only, our friend, Oscar Viñals. You can read his explanations about his latest project below:

Currently/Today, the only way that we know to launch Vehicles or “payload” into Space or at Low earth orbit (suborbital), is using a Rocket which takes off from land place and reaches the pre-selected “objective”. Depending on their “payload” specifications, it is necessary to use a Rocket with special size and features.

The MKS-1 SLS is a concept plane with multifunctional uses, designed like a “Launch-Support” for many different Space Rockets or Special Space & Suborbital vehicles; thought to reach their objectives, decreasing today’s costs for launching into Space, these “payloads” with smaller Rockets and lesser fuel, and minimizing the non-reusable parts.

Versatile, adaptable for special Ovi’s rocket (equipped with supersonic wings, all controlled by Intelligent Flight Control System (IFCS)) with NASA’s CM (Crew Module), NASA’s Ares I evo rocket (with “special wings”), ESA’s Vega evo rocket (with “special wings”), NASA’s X-43a experimental vehicle with “special rocket”, Aurora SR-91 experimental vehicle, REL’s (Reactions Engines Limited) Skylon experimental vehicle, XLDron M Gravity mass Space Tourism and more potentials “payloads”.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System by Oscar Vinals

MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System by Oscar Vinals

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Lamborghini Egoista Concept Car to Celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary

Spectacular supercar called Lamborghini Egoista has been designed by Walter De Silva, the Head of Design for Volkswagen Group, to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. As Italian, De Silva feels pretty attached to Italian brand, therefore, he wanted to pay homage to and highlight the fact that Lamborghini cars have always been made with pure passion. If you take a look at Egoista, you’ll notice a jaw dropping car which is forged from a passion for innovation and solution, the same principle used that set Lamborghini apart from other automakers.

Be selfish and enjoy this sophisticated vehicle alone, this car has only one seat, so you don’t have to share with other people. De Silva explained that this car was made for one person only, so that they can have fun and express their own personality to the maximum. Dedicated for hyper-sophisticated people who constantly looking for extreme and special things in the world, it’s the next level of hedonism , a car without compromise because it’s so selfish (egoista).

The debut of this concept supercar was pretty spectacular, cinematic entry combined with 9 big screens in the room. Powered by 5.2-liter V10 engine, the car roared and shaked the 20-meter tensioned event structure. The cockpit features futuristic appearance, and once again inspired by the world of aviation, it can be ejected in an emergency situation.

Designer : Walter da Silva

Lamborghini Egoista Concept Car HOMAGE FOR LAMBORGHINI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The upper part of the vehicle does not have aerodynamic appendages, but rather flaps integrated in the bodywork profile which acts automatically depending on the driving conditions. Two rear flaps activate automatically at high speeds to increase stability, while a series of air intakes on the back of the engine hood provides the cooling air flow to the powerful V10 power plant. While the front of the vehicle has a profile intended to increase downforce, the rear is fully open with the mechanics in view, reducing weight but also with the result of creating a more aggressive look.

Lamborghini Egoista Concept Car HOMAGE FOR LAMBORGHINI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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Carbon Fiber Stealth-X Sled Runs Smoothlly On Both Hard Snow and Soft-Powdered Snow

Stealth-X sled is a high performance alpine sled designed and developed by Snolo Sleds. What makes it special? Well, the company claims that you can use this carbon fiber sled on both hard compact snow and soft-powdered snow, unlike those wooden sleds that you can only use to run down a subtle slope laden. It’s not a children’s toy, it’s been built to provide serious adult fun, just like skiing and snowboarding.

The seat position allows you to enjoy the same excitement as if you’re sitting in a race car, it features great speed as well as steering ability. During early test, this sled was run on average gradient slope yet it was capable to reach the speed of 40mph. It’s a good thing that you can maneuver and stop the sled in the same manner of a snowboard, by using your feet and adjusting your body position.

Designer : Snolo Sleds

Stealth-X Sled by SnoloSleds

Stealth-X Sled by SnoloSleds

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Futuristic TET City Car by Chao Gao

Futuristic TET City Car has been designed for both private and public use. The swing door style is hoped to attract new demand of young and modern generations. It’s a convertible car where the door also functions as structures for the canvas if passengers prefer to have some privacy. The work table at the rear can also be folded flat and combined with the back seat to form a nice bed. Equipped with futuristic dashboard, it looks like an interesting concept car.

Designer : Chao Gao

TET City Car by Chao Gao

TET City Car by Chao Gao

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Our Top 10 Selection Winners for A’Design Award and Competition 2012-2013 Period

Once again, A’ Design Award and Competition has announced this year best design products, concepts, and prototypes. Checkout our top 10 selection winners 2012-2013 in random orders, from architecture, fashion, to technology. You can also read the interview with designers for their winning projects here.

1. Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos
Inspired by nature, particularly Mexican “Monarca” butterfly, a beautiful insect with fragile appearance of its wings yet it is known for its strength. This chair is aesthetically beautiful and highly functional, the wing shape and structure provides comfortable and strong support for the user. Simply place two pieces side by side, together, they create the shape of a Butterfly.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos

2. Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča
Inspired by organic lines of underwater creatures, Jackub Lanča has come up with shisha pipe series that feature mysterious animal forms and getting alive with every inhalation. Beautiful, mysterious, transparent, mystical, relax, slow motion, breath, exhalation. The basic idea was trying to uncover the interesting process that involve inside the pipe such as bubbling, smoke, fruit mosaic and the play of lights. The combination of traditional handicraft, modern methods and technologies incorporated in this concept Shisha pipe will definitely enhance your experience.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča

A’ Design Award and Competition - Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča

3. Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri
A giant iron pigeon welcomes you as you enter Mashhad city. The construction of this gate has been designed and developed to take advantage the weight of cars to rotate gear wheels and pull cables which will offer unique views as the portal shape changes. You will witness a gate that moves its wings just like a giant pigeon.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri

A’ Design Award and Competition - Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri

4. Creative Wooden Creatures by Hakan Gürsu
We’ve covered about this project before in this page. This wooden toy allows children to be creative to create their imaginary creatures, thus developing their creativity skill to the next level. It offers unlimited possibilities from simple to organic forms, an eco friendly toy kit which has great potential to entertain and educate children.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Creative Wooden Creatures by Hakan Gürsu

5. Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto
Nowadays, we depend so much on our smartphones to stay in touch with our family or office. This behavior actually keeps us away from our family in real life as the time we spend with our gadgets grows. This concept projector tries to reduce our dependence to our smartphones and increase our interactivity with others.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto

A’ Design Award and Competition - Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto

6. Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu
A friendly folding bike for women. The designer thinks that our current folding bike is unfriendly to women, thus, he decided to come up with bike design for female cyclist and use gravity to make folding process easier. The main frame uses diamond shape with structure and handle place that can reduce the folding process. It takes about 2 seconds to fold out with the help of gravity strength.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu

A’ Design Award and Competition - Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu

7. Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta
The vision of this hypercar came from pure emotion to design a car which was inspired by nature, from summer storm, natural pearl, to the elegance of flying falcon (Shayton). It combines both art and engineering to create beautiful harmony in the form of a car.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta

A’ Design Award and Competition - Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta

8. Tesera Fully Automatic Tea MacHine by Tobias Gehring
Tesera simplifies the process of tea making by setting new standards of perfect tea brewing while still respecting the tea atmospheric ceremony. Fill the special jars with loose tea, with adjustable brewing time and water temperature, it can produce perfect tea into transparent glass chamber. There’s a tray that can be removed for serving.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Tesera Fully Automatic Tea MacHine by Tobias Gehring

9. Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish
One of the world problems is cigarette and gum litters which are responsible for over 50% litter discarded every year worldwide. It needs new approach to encourage people to dispose this waste appropriately. Andrew Farish has come up with cigarette/gum bin with unique capabilities. It can be install onto a lamp post or a sign post which makes it within reach of everyone on the street. It’s a street furniture which will add value to existing infrastructure.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish

A’ Design Award and Competition - Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish

10. VSA – Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi
Futuristic vertical solar aircraft which features delta wings and is able to reach the speed up to 250 to 300 km/h. The aircraft uses 3 engines which one of them is used for vertical take off and the other 2 are used to land on a runway.

A’ Design Award and Competition - VSA - Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi

A’ Design Award and Competition - VSA - Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi

You can read our top 10 selection winners from previous year, in this page: Our Top 10 Picks for A’Design Award and Competition Winners 2011-2012.

Mores Petitpierre Carbon Fiber Bike for Children

Wooden toys are outdated – the high tech carbon fiber running bike Petitpierre is rolling today. MORES Design has unveiled the Petitpierre, the world’s first running bike made out of carbon fiber. The innovation is not only a high-tech gadget but a revolutionary concept that combines high technology and uncompromisingly meets the needs of children

Designer : Mores Design

Mores Petitpierre Carbon Fiber Bike for Kids by Mores Design

Mores Petitpierre Carbon Fiber Bike for Kids by Mores Design

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Dolphin Concept Car by Liu Shun, Gao Zhiqiang, and Chen Zhilei

Dolphin concept car is the third winner of Michelin design challenge 2013, it reflects the principle of sporty, scientific and futuristic. This car looks great as a sportscar yet it can accommodate members of a family. The body structure is constructed from full transparent glass and carbon fiber, light weight design to ensure security as well as reduce the energy consumption. The main theme of this competition is “Half! Lightweight with passion”, thus resulting a concept car that boasts smart technology with lightweight body, effectively reduce any energy consumption for better environment.

Designers : Liu Shun, Gao Zhiqiang, and Chen Zhilei

Dolphin Concept Car by Liu Shun, Gao Zhiqiang, and Chen Zhilei

Dolphin Concept Car by Liu Shun, Gao Zhiqiang, and Chen Zhilei

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T-Velo Concept : A Combination of A Bicycle and A Car by Adolfo Esquivel

T-Velo is a combination between a bicycle and a car, it is both a recreational and commuter transportation designed based on basic technology concept taken from cycling industry. This concept transportation has been designed to use leading-edge materials to strengthen versatility of its main structure. Its high-end technology delivers clean and reliable transportation solution without sacrificing the user’s comfort.

The steering method used for T-Velo involves the use of a simple mechanism of independent brakes like those used in tracked tanks, allowing control of the speed independently on each wheel. This mechanism also provides capability of inverting traction into opposite ways, allowing a 360 degree rotation for a more funny driving experience and a smooth maneuverability when dealing with tight spaces. This vehicle can also be used as a recreational amphibious transportation using paddles attached to its wheels which can be released or locked when need it.

Designer : Adolfo Esquivel

T-Velo by Adolfo Esquivel

T-Velo by Adolfo Esquivel

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