with the 2019 A’ design award and competition calling for early entries, designboom highlights 20 of our all-time favorite design and architecture-winning projects. the annual award aims to distinguish, share and inspire good design, creators and companies. as well as a whole list of prizes, the competition is intended for architects, designers and innovators who desire to gain worldwide recognition and publication for their projects. however, only very best, conceptual or realized, are awarded the renowned prize, and, as a reminder, the winners of the 2019 award will be announced on april 15, 2019, on designboom!


mop house by AGi architects
A’ design award winner in architecture, building and structure design category, 2013
image © 2013, AGi architects
(main image: randen arashiyama station by yasumichi morita
A’ design award winner in interior space, retail and exhibition design category, 2014
image © photographer seiryo yamada, randen arashiyama station, 2013)

every year, the A’ design award and competition calls for architects, designers and innovators to submit their best work. this can be entered into over 100 different categories, including our selections: architecture, building and structure design; interior space and exhibition design; lighting products and projects design; furniture, decorative items and homeware design; vehicle, mobility and transportation design; home appliance design; and packaging design. this enables creatives to select the most relevant category for their projects and also helps entries be clearly evaluated by the international jury panel, which comprises of scholars, professionals and media members.


S-cube by daisuke nagatomo and minnie jan
A’ design award winner in furniture, decorative items and homeware design category, 2012
image © daisuke nagatomo and minnie jan, 2012

as recognition of excellence, winning an A’ design award is highly sought after. as well as featuring on designboom, laureates are awarded a trophy and an extensive winner pack, which includes displaying in an exhibition, being published in the yearbook, addition to the world design rankings, and being invited to the gala-night. furthermore, the selected winners will also attain an extensive PR campaign, feedback from the judges, inclusion in other magazines and blogs, a winner certificate, and exclusive interview opportunities. 


lightscape pavilion by daisuke nagatomo and minnie jan
A’ design award winner in lighting products and projects design category, 2015
image © daisuke nagatomo

for more information on how to register for the A’ design award and competition, visit: https://competition.adesignaward.com/registration.php

stay tuned to designboom, as the winners will be announced in a special feature on april 15, 2019.


get the hang of it by aliki rovithi
A’ design award winner in packaging design category, 2011
image © aliki rovithi


raw by camiel weijenberg
A’ design award winner in interior space, retail and exhibition design category, 2015
image © photographer MW photo inc., RAW restaurant taipei, 2014


rising moon by mr siu kwok kin stanley
A’ design award winner in architecture, building and structure design category, 2014
image © TAM raymond


twins by ece-oguz yalim
A’ design award winner in furniture, decorative items and homeware design category, 2012
image © ece-oguz yalim


vana by christoph klemmt & rajat sodhi
A’ design award winner in lighting products and projects design category, 2014
image © sumedh prasad and orproject, vana, 2014


tesera by tobias gehring
A’ design award winner in home appliances design category, 2014
image © tobias gehring, 2013


architecture factory by marc O riain
A’ design award winner in interior space, retail and exhibition design category, 2014
image © janice O connell F22 photography


the ring by MZ architects
A’ design award winner in architecture, building and structure design category, 2014
image © MZ architects, the ring house, 2013


disco-volante by simon colabufalo
A’ design award winner in furniture, decorative items and homeware design category, 2013
image © simon colabufalo


tako by maurizio capannesi
A’ design award winner in lighting products and projects design category, 2013
image © maurizio capannesi


black shadow H-E by mark norton menéndez
A’ design award winner in vehicle, mobility and transportation design category, 2014
image © designer mark norton menéndez, black shadow H-E, 2013


house by studiomk27
A’ design award winner in interior space, retail and exhibition design category, 2013
image © 2013 studiomk27


aldar headquarters by MZ architects
A’ design award winner in architecture, building and structure design category, 2013
image © MZ architects, 2013


fluens by mula preta design
A’ design award winner in furniture, decorative items and homeware design category, 2012
image © 2012 mula preta design


light cube by natalya koptseva
A’ design award winner in lighting products and projects design category, 2017
image © 2017 natalya koptseva


up your street by springetts brand design
A’ design award winner in packaging design category, 2013
image © 2013 springetts brand design