A' design award winners 2012 A' design award winners 2012
sep 06, 2012

A' design award winners 2012

‘foscat-32’ folding solar catamaran by hakan gürsu

the A’ design award aims to highlight the best design oriented products and concepts from around the globe. the annual juried competition is divided into 80 categories covering a range of themes and relevant topics such as packaging, chemical products and consumables, transportation, cookware, toys, banking and finance instruments. here is a look at some of our picks from this year’s winners:

‘foscat-32’ is a hybrid system which is meant to bring improvement to the area of marine technology. harnessing both sun and wind powers, the folding solar catamaran has the potential to reduce CO2 to almost zero while on the water.  this alternative concept cat sail-vessel consumes no fuel, offering high energy efficiency while raising awareness of the sustainable use of resources on the sea.

‘phaeton’ electric vehicle by hakan gürsu

‘phaeton’ is an electric vehicle designed to respond to the need for intercity low speed cars in areas such as historical or tourist areas and university campuses.developed by hakan gürsu, the compact unit weighs under 250 kilograms and offers a speed of 40 km/h speed. its collapsible hood and transparent roof provides the tourist riders with panoramic views.

‘biomega NYC’ bicycle by jens martin skibsted

‘biomega NYC’ bicycle has integrated head cover, brakes, gears and cables. designed by jens martin skibsted, the chainless two-wheeler features a lightweight aluminium frame and MTB front mudguard, and is intended for use in the city and other urban areas.

‘meerkat’ seat concept (aircraft passenger seat) by james lee

designed for enhancing passenger experience on long-haul aircraft flights, james lee’s ‘meerkat’ seat concept features a dual-user armrest and a backrest which assists ‘stretching out’. special amenities include a table stand and headphone hook, along with a shared literature rack.

‘flavoured flints’ food tools by léa andré

‘flavoured flints’ are different food tools made from conglomerates of salt and sugar combined with dried extracts of flavour-enhancing fruits, obtained by cryogrinding. spices, herbs, mushrooms, vegetables, and fruits area included in the ingredients flint prompting consumers to season their meals in ancestral techniques, rubbing two volumes together to combine flavors.

‘sunflower’ solar-powered lunchbox by edita barabas

the ‘sunflower’ solar-powered lunchbox by edita barabas integrates rotating, collapsible food trays and photovoltaic cells to keep foods hot or cold as needed. spherical solar panels capture energy for storage in an internal battery, which can then be used to heat or cool individual compartments. each dish has its own display through which the desired temperature can be controlled.

‘didi’ table lamp by ronen bavly

a handmade lamp employing an LED energy saving bulb, the ‘didi lamp’ by ronen bavly features a lampshade, though made from metal, is a direct heat reducer of the lighting element itself, allowing users the possibility to touch and adjust the lamp.

‘artificial topography’ art installation by ryumei fujiki

‘artificial topography’ by ryumei fujiki, is a manmade ‘cave’ constructed from 1000 sheets of 10-mm thick soft plastic. the layered material is cut down into contour line forms laminated like a stratum. in the construction of the amorphous, habitable installation, fujiki took into consideration the incorporation of furniture whereby portions of soft curves along the interior walls suggest areas for sitting and nestling.

‘zip tie massimal’ architectural design research installation by design office takbayashi scroggin (D.O.T.S.)

a large-scale sculptural installations which explore the relationship between social engagement and the built-form. ‘zip tie massimal’ by D.O.T.S. is a glowing mass made from over 20,000 zip ties which result in the shape of a bear. see more about this project on designboom here.

‘vertical + horizontal farm tower’ (farm and crop distribution tower by kevin chu

‘vertical + horizontal farm tower’ by kevin chu is an urban farming community which provides a platform in which individuals are educated about agricultural renewable energy, and can engage in the act of planting and growing their own produce within the context of the city.

  • Not sure if this on should be promoted. This is clearly one of this “design awards” that is set up by the obscure organisers just to make money with the desire of designers for recognition.

    nam says:
  • the sailboat designer should look at some real sailing boats in action. sails that use the wind are not flat, they are curved for a reason, to generate lift. a flat array of solar panels is virtually useless as a sail. if it generates electricity when pointed at the sun (vertical is a pretty poor orientation for a solar panel b.t.w.) then you need something to turn the energy generated into forward propulsion; normally an engine and propeller, of which there is no sign on the rendering.

    the designer should also know that every single sailboat in the world is already CO2 zero, when sailing and not using fossil fuel auxiliary propulsion; and there are plenty already that can generate their own power for auxiliary requirements from wind and/or water generators. and quite a few with solar panels in a sensible position on the roof (or fully rotatable to track the sun)

    maybe i’ve overlooked something genuinely innovative; otherwise this proposal devalues your site.

    nicey says:
  • enjoyed the entries a lot, especially the designs by kevin chu and ryumei fujiki, wish to see more of them

    pan says:
  • Love the zip tie massimals made over 20.000 zip ties.. How is it even possible..

    Marco says:
  • @nam, I have seen your comment, and obliged to respond, I work at A’ Design Award, my only task is promotion of the winners, and I would like to invite you to learn more about the award here: [url=http://www.whatisadesignaward.com] whatisadesignaward.com [/url] and other winners at [url=http://www.designmag.org] designmag.org [/url] if you are a student, why don’t you apply to join the A’ Design Award through one of the free programs such as the design ambassador program? visit for example: [url=http://www.adesignaward.com/joinforfree.html] design ambassador program [/url] or others.

    Julie Thomas / A' Design Award says:
  • I’m going to guess that the Chu submission was an AA student project

    nicey: well said

    dbkii says:
  • I really enjoy the diversity of the projects submitted and appreciated. Really is a nice platform to have good design noticed

    Fria says:
  • The flavored flints are beautiful! Such a simple idea. The act of one seasoning their food like this is wonderfully primitive and simple.

    Jess says:
  • Three wheeled bike/car like design seems from 1930. I think juri may nat be aware how electrical cars design was in today. Actually ı also saw the list that shows the rankings of the countries, did you see how strange it is? Turkey is in the second line :). Ladies and Gentlemen please put your stick a little bit higher, there is competitions like idea,if,red dot, good design…. and this is not one of them.

    Mike says:
  • @Mike, I want to remind you that our winners do not pay extra fees when they win. Check this page: http://www.adesignaward.com/nofurtherfees.html and of course check the further fee on the awards you mentioned under “further fees / extra fees” section. Furthermore, just to balance the world design rankings, we wouldn’t play with the award distribution.

    Julie Thomas / A' Design Award says:
  • Zip Tie Massimal is really nice! Interesting application of such a basic material. Good work!

    Blessed says:

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