Our Top 20 Picks from A’ Design Awards & Competition Winners 2015-2016

A’Design Award and Competition, one of prestigious design awards, has released the results of the 2015-2016 design competition. Last year, there were 836 winners, but this year, the number has jumped to 1276 winners from 88 countries in 93 different design disciplines. Each entry has been carefully evaluated by an international influential jury panel that consists of design professionals, established scholars, prominent press members, and experienced entrepreneurs who have devoted great attention to details when voting each entry.

Get fresh design inspiration, all of you are invited to discover latest trends in arts, architecture, and technology. You can visit A’Design Awards’ online gallery of winners at http://www.designmag.org, all editors worldwide, aficionados, and design enthusiasts, would benefit from browsing and checking out the winning designs. All winners are invited to attend glamorous gala-night and award ceremony in Italy, they would be called to stage to collect the trophies, award certificate, as well as yearbooks.

Here are top 20 winning designs of our pick (in random order):

1. 3bee Bicycle Frame by Tamás Túri
Inspired by the shape of human body when riding a bike, 3bee is a bicycle frame that can be adjusted to meet rider’s need. It is a 3D printable sports equipment that aims to make the bike fully customizable. It comes with an integrated seat, this frame is fully adjustable from the beginning of the production, the use of 3D printing technique allows you to personalize the bike with different kind of parts.

3bee Bicycle Frame by Tamás Túri

A'Design Award and Competition 2015-2016 Winner - 3bee Bicycle Frame by Tamás Túri

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Foldable Carbon Fiber Bicycle by Boonen Design Studio

Frederic Boonen, the CEO of Boonen Design Studio, expands his portfolio by developing an aluminum hinged, folding carbon fiber city bicycle. Simply press a button to fold the bike.

This project started with a personal approach, and through thorough investigations to create an ideal city bike for the end user. Lightweight, easy to fold and with characteristic line where the design brief of the customer’s CEO Joep Kempen. A button under the handlebar pulls the two hinge points to disconnect the bike into two parts, enabling it to resize for carrying in tight spaces. A 200 Watt electric motor together with a battery pack can help push the user at least an additional 15 kilometers. Motor, controller and batteries are embedded in the carbon frame. Using bluetooth connectivity, the foldable bike communicates vitals such as speed, battery status and navigation via an app to a smartphone.

Designer : Boonen Design Studio

Foldable Carbon Fiber Bicycle by Boonen Design Studio

Foldable Carbon Fiber Bicycle by Boonen Design Studio

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RubyBike : Customizable Bike Concept to Adapt to Individual Cyclist Needs

RubyBike is Kasper Schwartz graduation project from Royal Danish Design School, Copenhagen. It’s a concept bike that offers new, flexible, and intelligent type of everyday bicycle. RubyBike stands out among other bikes due to its special integrated mounting system, allowing you quick and easy to mount different kinds of equipment, not to mention the ability to convert this conventional bike into an electric one.

Due to its innovative mounting system, this bike can be adapted to individual cyclist needs who often changing their bike to make it more practical depending on different situations. RubyBike features compact and lightweight frame design, a display built into the foldable handlebar stem that can be integrated with a smartphone. The combination of these features creates an intelligent, dexterous, and future ready everyday bicycle.

Designer : Kasper Schwartz

RubyBike concept bike by Kasper Schwartz

RubyBike concept bike by Kasper Schwartz

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Alpha Concept Car : Single Seater Vehicle with Wooden Chassis

Alpha is a concept car that creates a link between a regular car and a lighter vehicle such as bicycle or a motorcycle. Due to its compact size (3000 mm length,1500 mm width, and 900 mm high ) this electrically powered single-seater vehicle would be ideal for a dynamic young population living in continuously growing cities of the future. The uniqueness of this car lies in its wooden chassis. Designed by Rustam Schogenoff, you can read his explanations about this futuristic car below.

The idea here is to replace all the complex and heavy engineering components of a vehicle by technical properties of the natural materials. One of these materials is wood. This simple material has a number of excellent building physics properties. The main ones are: strength, hardness, lightweight, elasticity, toughness, decay-resistance, and strength. It aims to smartly installed wooden limbs so that it could replace conventional chassis with complex elements such as suspensions, axles and dampers. The construction would even already incorporate all the functions of those elements. The number of technical devices used in a vehicle would be reduced, which would automatically reduce the total weight, energy consumption, the ejected gases, the energy in the production and of course the price).

Designer : Rustam Schogenoff

Mercedes-Benz Alpha Concept Car by Rustam Schogenoff

Mercedes-Benz Alpha Concept Car by Rustam Schogenoff

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Tulip Concept EV Features Modular Design to Suit Your Needs

Ognyan Bozhilov has submitted his latest personal vehicle design to Tuvie. It’s an electric personal vehicle for modern city with modular design to suit your mobility needs. You can read details explanation below.

The Tulip is not yet another electric vehicle. The way I see it’s a striving to change the idea of one’s personal mobility. I don’t think it’s enough to cope with the emissions from conventional vehicles. We have to address also the industry that is creating them and the consumer mind of modern people fueling this industry.

This is why I want to design not only a new type of vehicle, but a whole new model for the personal transportation. An object that evolves with you, something that you form an emotional connection with. Look at it as your home. You can’t buy home. You can buy a house and use it as a base to build upon. Model it and arrange it according to your taste and needs until gradually over time it becomes your home. I want to achieve this effect with a vehicle.

Designer : Ognyan Bozhilov

Tulip Concept EV Personal Transportation by Ognyan Bozhilov

Tulip Concept EV Personal Transportation by Ognyan Bozhilov

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Biclip – Paper Clip Shaped Bicycle Lock by Mohsen Darvish

Bikes are a popular target for thieves, each year millions of bicycles are stolen in the world not because they are not locked, but because they are locked incorrectly. Making a bicycle secure is not simply attaching it with a lock to a bike rack, unfortunately most people realize that, only after they see their locked bicycle without the wheels or even without the frame.

Biclip is a bicycle lock that reminds the cyclist to lock both frame and wheels. This increases the security of bicycle by allowing the cyclist to lock the frame and the wheels separately but simultaneously and with only one lock.

Designer : Mohsen Darvish

Biclip Bicycle Lock by Mohsen Darvish

Biclip Bicycle Lock by Mohsen Darvish

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Yamaha O±O : Electrically Power Assisted Bicycle by Jose Gonzalez

Yamaha O±O or O Plus Minus O is a conceptual electric powered assisted bike born out of the project of “AH A MAY”. It’s a special Yamaha project that made two design divisions of two Yamahas exchanged their design fields. For this project, a musical instrument designer has come up with an e-bike that re-charges itself. When the battery power is out, a rider can place the bike on a recharging stand and pedal it to re-charge the battery. This battery power can be used not only for the bike but also to generate electricity to power musical instruments or other electric appliances. This cool bike aims to support healthy lifestyle and positive attitudes toward power usage.

Designer: Jose Gonzalez (Design Laboratory, Yamaha Corporation)

O Plus Minus O : Electrically Power Assisted Bicycle by Jose Gonzalez (Design Laboratory, Yamaha Corporation)

O Plus Minus O : Electrically Power Assisted Bicycle by Jose Gonzalez (Design Laboratory, Yamaha Corporation)

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SNO : Snow Bike Concept by Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

SNO is a design submission from Venn Industrial Design Consultancy, it’s a specially designed road bike snow. You can read their explanation below.

We had that fantastic opportunity to work with one of the ‘fanciest’ national bicycle brands and thanks to that, we have learned just a little about wheels. Learning is something and practicing it another, so we decided to came up with a humble conceptual design to express our way of ‘doing the ride thing’. As said, a humble conceptual design that touches a little to frame structure by using tensile elements, a little to power efficiency by messing with the transmission and a little to handling performance by increased contingence and weight distribution on double-butt. We love snow as much as we love to ride; it results “Sno”, for doing the ride thing!

Designer : Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

SNO : Snow Bike Concept by Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

SNO : Snow Bike Concept by Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

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Betri Concept Bike by Clément Boutillon

Betri concept bike has been designed by Clément Boutillon for Cinelli. This designer wanted to take a step back from modern or futuristic design and draw something contemporary to reflect more accurately to the concept of bike. This bike is built with hydroformed aluminum profiles and carbon fiber, lightweight yet sturdy. It is integrated with light system that contributes to the overall minimalist appearance of the bike. The use of sharp shapes with elongated, pure lines, create triangular shape of tubes that express dynamism. There are other details that complete the overall look such as saddle clamping system and the shape of direction tube.

Designer : Clément Boutillon

Cinelli Betri Concept Bike by Clément Boutillon

Cinelli Betri Concept Bike by Clément Boutillon

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Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners

Golden Pin Design Award has announced its best design winners for 2014, below are some great designs we would like to share with you in random order.

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System
Taiwan Textile Research Institute In-house Design
Nova Design Co. Ltd
Taiwan

This CRM System combines elastic fabric electrodes and comfortable knit fabric to provide sternum support and monitor heart rate variability (HRV). The minimalist design of this functional monitor allows it to be comfortably and discreetly concealed under the clothes of the wearer. The system uses Bluetooth to transmit signals to an app, which allows users to independently manage their health. This CRM System has passed the required bio-compatibility (ISO10993-5, -10) and electrical safety (EN606061-1) tests, and has been granted CE safety certification.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The cost to make medical equipment is high because a large amount of money needs to be invested in buying patents, but once the necessary patents have been acquired, the retail prices and profits of this type of equipment are high, too. This industry is developing rapidly in Taiwan.”–

2. Espresso Urban Bike
Gearlab Co. Ltd
Taiwan

Espresso Urban Bike is designed specifically for urban living in Asian cities. The frame geometry of Gearlab’s Espresso caters to East Asian proportions, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride for Asian owners. The choice of smaller wheels with 20-inch rims means the bike accelerates faster, an essential function in the stop-and-go traffic systems typical in Asian cities. These small wheels also make the bike easier to carry in and out of tight living spaces. The bike is comfortable and has a place for bags and personal belongings, a simple locking solution, and stunning aesthetics.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Espresso Urban Bike

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“This bicycle is designed specifically for city dwellers and it’s the details that make the design, from the basket in the front to the small-sized wheels for convenient navigation on congested city roads. Given the high rate of bicycle theft in cities, Espresso comes with a specially designed lock as standard. This is a high-quality product with thoughtful design.”

3. FO-1103-P
Wow Energy Saving Lighting Ltd
Taiwan

Modern office lighting consumes far more energy than is actually necessary. A well designed office lighting system can provide an efficient light source for a working environment. All lights in the FO-1103 Office Series are made from aluminum, are adjustable, and are minimalist in design. The angle of the light and the color temperature can be adjusted by remote control. The FO-1103-P is a dexterous pendant light: the body of the lamp can rotate upwards to 180 degrees and downwards to 15 degrees. The lighting mode is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the usage needs of any given space. Available modes include down lighting, centralized lighting, two-directional lighting, and indirect lighting.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - FO-1103-P Energy Saving Light

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The light style, luminosity, and angle of this light can be adjusted using a remote control. The FO-1103-P is a true product of the future; to install this fixture, a designer needs to work with a lighting specialist who will link it up to all the other electronic devices common in today’s home. It is a concept that fits perfectly with the IOT (Internet of Things) methodology.”

4. Here I Am Sticky Note
Miccudo
Taiwan

Here I Am turns a 2D post-it note into a 3D note through folding. The space saved in the folding process creates more writing areas and enhances the efficiency of the product. The triangle shapes are sticky on all sides, and no matter where they are used, they are easy to find. Here I Am was developed to improve working and noting efficiency.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Here I Am Sticky Note

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“This label sticker set, with its multitude of three-dimensional designs, is an updated version of the label stickers currently available on the market. It is encouraging to see that with just a little creativity and a different perspective a designer can create a new product from an old concept and successfully sell it in the marketplace.”

5. Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda
Evergreen International Corp.
Keith Newstead
Taiwan

The wooden model, Panda, is engaging from the moment the package is opened until the final pieces are fitted together. The toy combines humor, ingenuity, and art to bring pleasure to the senses while at the same time rewarding the maker with a feeling of accomplishment. Through innovative design practices and making use of mechanical principles, the finished Panda springs into life when a crank is turned. The automata is made from precision-cut, environmentally friendly materials and can be assembled without having to use glue or sharp tools. The latest technology is used to manufacture the curved parts from reconstituted wood. The model can be assembled by people of all ages: the process of building Panda by hand encourages patience and focus.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“These sorts of projects are just fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages children to use their creativity and their dexterity to build something, and then experience what happens after they’ve built it. The fact that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials such as wood and not plastic is nice as well. In a world where toys are traditionally made of plastic, it’s important that children get to touch and feel products like this.”

6. Smart Projector
Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta Innovation Center
Taiwan

In a society in which “sharing on the go” has become the norm, the intelligent micro-projector is a must-have for those in the business community. The WG1P Smart Projector features wireless data transmission and can be quickly linked to mobile devices, smartphones, and tablet PCs. This pocket-sized, super lightweight, “Intelligent” micro-projector also features a high-definition projection screen complemented by a high quality built-in 2.1-channel speaker that makes for effective presentations, compelling media playing, and simple document sharing. The sleek black exterior design features delicate speaker holes and a touchpad that allows you to quickly and easily access presentation or video files.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Smart Projector

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“We all have smartphones. We’re all recording large amounts of video and photos on our phones. To have a device that then allows us to view those images and those videos in a format that is outside of our screen is really in demand. They’ve managed to squeeze a lot of technology into a very small footprint. It’s a very intuitive little product as well. I could pick it up, switch it on, and within seconds I was operating it. There was no instruction book and the interface was in Chinese, but it was intuitive enough that I could still use it and to me that’s a sign of good design.”

7. SYL958 Loader
Sany Heavy Machinery Limited
China

The SYL958 Loader features an edgeless door cab design; a built-in, integral Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) design; a visualization central electrical box; and a Parker fingertip operating system. The cab is sealed against the intrusion of dust to protect the health of the operator, and noise is reduced to a level 6 dB lower than other machines in China. A two-stage damper system with four-point suspended installation guarantees a comfortable operating experience. Daily service and maintenance points can be easily reached from the ground. The service life of key components is improved with the inclusion of an advanced technology DANA rotor type gearbox, a drive axle for heavy mining machines, and a reinforced heavy-duty vehicle body structure. An efficient fixed-variable confluence high-pressure system results in energy reductions of over 10 percent. The internally-pressurized oil tank stays cleaner for longer, resulting in a longer service life and less frequent oil changes. Recyclable materials and lead-less paint are incorporated across the machine.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - SYL958 Loader

Cai Jun – Jury Member
“Large equipment manufacturing–producing industrial products like high-speed trains and heavy-duty loading equipment–is one of the most important industries in China. China has made steady advancements in this area in recent years. Sany Heavy Machinery Limited is one of the leading manufacturers in this field. They focus on user-friendly design. The overall look and design of the product projects the unified spirit of the brand, and is an outstanding.”

8. Zenbook UX301
Asustek Computer INC.
Asus Design Center
Taiwan

The ZENBOOK™ UX301LA is a premium product in the ASUS Ultrabook™ range and combines great performance with elegant design. A unique, high performance CPU is encased in an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop that features a Corning® Gorilla Glass Iid. The use of aluminum silicate Corning ® Gorilla Glass reduces body thickness by 14 percent, making this Zenbook lighter and thinner than its predecessors. A reduction in the use of metallic material enhances RF efficiency, and the use of fluoropolymer nanometer coating not only ensures excellent stain-resistance and anti-fingerprint capabilities, but also that surface dirt is easy to remove. ZENBOOK™ UX301LA represents the perfect combination of “mechanism, performance, and material.”

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Zenbook UX301 Notebook

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“At a time when laptop technology in Taiwan has matured, ASUS continues to innovate. This laptop features an ultra thin glass screen and the logo produces a spiral light. This high-level design was awarded a Japanese Good Design Award this year.”

Luna 3D Printed Bicycle by Omer Sagiv

The Luna bicycle has 3D printed nylon frame, front fork, and handle bar. All the other parts are off the shelf parts. The idea behind it is to utilize SLS technology wisely, whilst keeping a low production price (by using the “off the shelf” parts). It is printed on demand, so no stock required. Another advantage would be no investment in moulds, hence, having the possibility of making changes of form or material in the future, whether for specific requirements or according to the fast technological development of 3D printing.

Luna features a unique form that wisely uses the good specific strength and durability of nylon. The hexagon frame allows minimal surface area for a strong light structure.

Designer : Omer Sagiv

Luna 3D printed Bicycle by Omer Sagiv

Luna 3D printed Bicycle by Omer Sagiv

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Hydro Bike : Sporty Hydrogen Powered Bike Design

HYDRO BIKE offers a cheaper way to travel. The design of this bike was meant to save your hard earned money without looking like a cheapskate. Powered by hydrogen cell but added with “unworkable” pair of pedals.

Why the need to have pedals?
As long as it has pedals (self-propelled), it would still legally be considered a bicycle in many countries. There’s no need of a motorcycle license, yearly road tax, summons and anything that cost money for owning a bike.

Designer : Imran Othman

Hydro Bike by Imran Othman

Hydro Bike by Imran Othman

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The Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by Team CHI

After designing and developing for months, MNML x Method Bicycle (Team CHI) has released The Blackline, an ultimate utility bicycle especially designed for Oregon Manifest Bike Design Challenge.

The design of this urban vehicle was inspired by the City of Broad Shoulders, it carries a spirit and ready for just about anything. The name itself was taken from Chicago’s iconic elevated train lines that run non-stop throughout the city because this bike will give you the freedom to get anywhere in between. It’s tough yet refined, the design has been carefully thought to make it just the ideal for cyclists or urban city dwellers.

Designers : MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI) for The Bike Design Project

Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI)

Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI)

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Minimalist and Modern Cyclo Urban Bicycle Offers Speed and Comfort

The company claims that CYCLO is the ultimate urban bicycle that provides its rider with functionality, performance, and style. It took 18 months to design and engineer this bike, it’s the company’s vision of how perfect urban bicycle should be, just like the feeling you had as a kid on a hot summer days, riding the bike exploring the street freely.

This bike is built not just for speed but also comfort. It is the result based on extensive research on design explorations, experiences, and feedbacks from many people who ride bike daily. You know what? Everyone would like to go fast but without sacrificing the comfort.

From : Cyclo

Cyclo Urban Bicycle

Cyclo Urban Bicycle

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CYBLE – An Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

Subinay Malhotra has come up with a new interactive bicycle rack that features aesthetic design and ergonomic shape related to its environment, Cyble. Designing a product for public space requires extensive researches in general environment, design influences, structures, materials, functions, and human factors. This approach takes spatial concept design to a proposal of a ready to use product. The design process was also inspired by a book known as Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino that contains short stories describing the city of Venice with a surrealistic approach.

Cyble bicycle stand/rack is ideally used in jam packed area where people can park their bikes as an alternative to cars. It’s been designed to be interactive and functional, it looks different and playfully works with its surroundings. It has the ability to move the bike vertically in order to have more space for more bikes to be parked.

Designer : Subinay Malhotra

CYBLE Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

CYBLE Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

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