Winners to Watch from the 2019 Etsy Design Awards
Etsy’s first-ever global design award winners offer a glimpse into the future of independent design
Global marketplace Etsy’s first-ever design award winners were just announced, and from intentionally imperfect vases to magnetic wallpaper, there’s plenty of creative design ideas to get excited about from the craftiest of Etsy’s sellers.
The 14-year-old platform is known for its marketplace of makers from around the globe, and today has over 2.2 million sellers on the site. Its inaugural design awards feature five categories: Inventive Decor, Creative Collaborations, Earth-Friendly, Signature Style, and Festive Celebrations. One grand prize winner and five category winners were chosen from each of the categories. From thousands of applications, a judging panel of seven style, art, and interior experts picked the finalists and winners.
First, meet our top three picks from the final winners.
Interactive Magnetic Dino Wallpaper
This magnetic wallpaper turns the bedroom walls of your kid’s room into their new playground and inspiration, letting them move around the dinosaur magnets anywhere their imagination takes them.
“Magnetic wallpaper for children is fresh, innovative, and also opens up a whole new world of creative play while also appealing to parents who love design and wish to expose their children to inspiring surroundings early on. This is an absolutely brilliant product,” says Holly Becker, a decor expert on the judging panel. Anavila Misra, a fashion designer on the judging panel, called the wallpaper a “beautiful combination of design and utility, coupled with customer engagement.”
It’s easy to see why London-based designer Sian Zeng won the grand prize. Zeng, with a background in fine art and textile design, opened her Etsy shop in 2009 and experimented with wallpaper designs.