A' Design Awards and Competition 2015 winners announced

Dezeen promotion: the winners of this year's A' Design Award and Competition include a curvaceous wood-lined sauna and a lamp designed to be smashed by its user.

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Grotto Sauna by Partisan Projects in the architecture building and structure design category. Main image: Bend chair by Vincenzo Vinci in the Furniture and decorative items and homeware design category

Judged by a panel of 70 industry experts, the A' Design Awards and Competition is an annual scheme that honours exemplary design projects from around the world.

Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron levels of distinction are awarded in categories that encompass spatial, industrial, communication, fashion and system design.

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Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica in the limited edition and custom design category

Among the 836 winners from 83 countries this year are architect Kris Lin, designer Florian Freihöfer and graphic designer Katsumi Tamura. See the full list of winners on the A' Design Award website.

To mark their success, laureates will receive a trophy, a certificate and a catalogue that documents all of this year's winning entries. The prize also includes PR and marketing services, and a lifetime licence to use an "award winner" logo.

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Pebble Bagasse by Simi Gauba in the disposable and single use product design category

An exhibition of the winning designs took place at Milan's Ex Chiesa di San Francesco last week during the city's design festival, and an awards ceremony and gala night for winners was held at Lake Como.

The winning designs will also be exhibited in Ireland as part of Dublin's World Design Hub 2015 series of events.

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Tai Chi by Kris Lin in the architecture building and structure design category

Designers, artists, architects and companies can now register and submit their works for next year's competition on the A' Design Award website.

Read on for more information from the organisers:

Do you have a great design that deserves attention of worldwide media in all languages? Then you should join the A' Design Award.

A' Design Award & Competition is the worlds' largest and most diffused international design awards. Today, the A' Design Awards announced the results of the 2014-2015 design competition. There are 836 Winners from 83 countries in 89 different design disciplines. Given the number of participating countries and competition categories, the A' Design Award is the World's largest design accolade that brings designers, architects, artists, brands and companies from across the globe under the same roof.

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Milkyway by Limay Türkkan Anıl Tontus in the lighting products and lighting projects category.

2014-2015 A' Design Award winners will get their award winning work physically exhibited in Ireland, the World Design Hub 2015, Italy and Holland. The La Notte Premio A', The A' Design Award and Competitions' Gala-Night and Award Ceremony will be held in Lake Como, Italy. The glamorous black-tie event will bring leading figures in design industry, press members, award winning designers and companies together. In parallel to the Milan Design Week, the A' Design Awards also have a 750-square-metre exhibition at "MOOD – Museum of Outstanding Design" Ex Chiesa di San Francesco, Como, Italy. The exhibition will open to public on 18 April, and the invite-only Gala-Night will be held on 18 April.

It has been noted that this year was much harder then previous years due to increased competition by increased quality and quantity of works. Entries were carefully evaluated by an internationally influential 70 person jury panel of established academics, prominent press members, creative design professionals and entrepreneurs who devoted great care and attention to details while voting for each entry and award category. The A' Design Award and Competition 2014-2015 Edition was further endorsed by ICSID -International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, IFI – The International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers and ICOGRADA – International Council of Communication Design which imposed several additional criteria during evaluation and voting. Furthermore a new normalized score mechanism was implemented which considered the juror votes not by their arithmetic average but rather by their standard deviations, all together it was much harder to strike a victory this year, but it is well worth the effort.

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Lenovo A740 Computer by Yingjia Yao in the digital and electronic devices category

Design enthusiasts, creative aficionados and art editors worldwide are cordially invited to get fresh design inspiration and discover latest trends in arts, architecture and technology by visiting the A' Design Awards' online gallery of winners at which features all top designs from the 2014-2015 International A' Design Competition as well as previously awarded works from past years. Editors and design lovers will also enjoy the interviews with the award winning designers.

A' Design Competition results are announced every year on 15 April. The best products, projects and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology and creativity are rewarded with the A' Design Award; the symbol of excellence in design and innovation. If you too have a great design, you can submit your work after registration, and after submitting your work you will get a complimentary preliminary score.

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Perkins side tables by Estudio Diario in the Furniture and decorative items and homeware design category

There are five different levels of distinction. Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron A' Design Awards are distributed annually in all design disciplines. Designers, companies and institutions from all countries are annually called to take part in the accolades by nominating their best works, projects and products for award consideration.

The A' Design Awards are given for Good Spatial Design (Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design and Landscape Design), Good Industrial Design (Product Design, Appliance Design, Vehicle Design, and Machinery Design), Good Communication Design (Graphics Design, Interaction Design and Marketing Design), Good Fashion Design (Garment Design, Fashion Accessory Design and Footwear Design), Good System Design (Service Design, Design Strategy, Quality & Innovation) as well as for Achievements in Arts and Literature.

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Vary by Florian Freihöfer in the lighting products and lighting projects category

Laureates are invited to attend the glamorous gala-night and award ceremony in Italy where they would be called to stage to collect their trophies, award certificates and yearbooks. Winner are also provided exclusive space to take part in the "best designs of the year" exhibition to showcase their works in Italy. Laureates are also entitled to receive the A' Design Prize.

The A' Design Prize is a highly coveted and comprehensive winners' kit given to A' Design Award & Competition medalists to help dissemination of their news to further and wider international audiences. In addition to the original 3D printed metal trophy, framed certificate and hardcover yearbook of best designs, the A' Design Prize includes PR and marketing services such as translation of award winning works to dozens of languages, press release preparation and distribution, lifetime license to use "award winner" logo, public relations campaign for winners and communication of awarded works to thousands of media members.

While the 2014-2015 Edition is over, entries to the 2015-2016 competition is now open; interested designers, artists, architects and companies could register and submit their works. Further information regarding the design competition such as evaluation criteria, key dates, list of jury members, entry forms and presentation guidelines can be obtained here.

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Botanical Life calendar by Katsumi Tamura in the Graphics and visual communication category

About A' Design Award & Competition

A' Design Awards were established to create awareness for good design practices and principles. The ultimate aim of the A' Design Award & Competition is to build strong incentives for designers, companies and brands from all countries to come up with better products, services and systems that benefit mankind. A' Design Award & Competition therefore highlights and pushes forward worldwide designers and brands to create products and projects that offer additional value, increased utility, new functionality, superior aesthetics, exceptional efficiency, improved sustainability and remarkable performance.