Here Are the Winners of Etsy’s First-Ever Design Awards
Customers show Etsy’s independent creators a ton of love in the form of purchases, positive reviews and social media shoutouts, but it wasn’t until the site held its inaugural global design awards that shop owners from around the world received official, well-deserved recognition.
Fittingly referred to as “The Etsies,” the online platform’s awards ceremony highlighted six sellers who “truly embody the spirit of Etsy.” The winners hailed from various international locations, including the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom and Greece. In addition to having their talents magnified in front of a global audience, the winners also walked away with some pretty cool prizes.
For starters, Etsy declared London-based designer Sian Zeng the grand prize winner. The seller’s handmade, interactive Magnetic Dino Wallpaper ($475) earned the top spot, a title that came with $15,000. Zeng opened her shop in 2009 and counts Hilary Duff as one of her many satisfied customers.
The design awards also featured five additional categories:
Etsy’s Creative Collaborations award went to Alejandro and Sara Pijuán, Los Angeles-based couple and design team who created this custom-made, mid-century inspired dog house, affectionately known as “Woof Ranch.” With a $4,000 price tag, these one-of-a-kind doggo digs feature a low-pitched roof clad in cedar shingles, and outdoor deck and eaves that help to water nearby plants.
The Ethical Magical Sliders ($90) from Athens-based couple Stam Guinis and Vicky Moudilou strode away with the site’s Earth-Friendly prize, thanks to its eco-conscious design that morphs discarded tires and upcycled materials into a pair of comfy summer slides.
Former Marine Justin Nelson hit big with his first chair design: the Inventive Décor prize went to the Oregon-based designer’s The Sling ($4,450), a walnut and hand-stitched leather chair with a hand-shaped frame.
Texas-based seller and creator Molly Goodall won hearts and the prize for Signature Style with her uber adorable Rainbows and Butterflies coat ($200). Made from a wood blend felt, the brightly colored cover-up is described as a “dreamy dress coat for little girls.”
Finally, Israeli-based artist Naomi Shiek earned the Festive Celebrations award with this incredible, Wonders of the Sea & Tree hand papercut ketubah ($625). The original wedding vow artwork symbolizes the union of bride and groom, depicted through “creatures of legend” that “surround the marriage pledge, bestowing a sense of adventure and excitement onto the vows as worlds come together.”
Huge congrats to Etsy’s finest!