Silk Dresses, Skateboard Credenzas, & ALL Of Etsy’s 2020 Design Award Winners

Amanda Randone
·6 min read

Since Etsy's launch in 2005, the marketplace has become known and beloved for cultivating an array of independent sellers spanning the globe; whether you're after a set of Scandi-inspired floating shelves from England or a statement-making jewelry piece from Israel, the site has it all. But, this abundance of extraordinary finds can also leave a shopper feeling overwhelmed — which is why Etsy launched its annual Design Awards last year to spotlight its best of the best offerings.

This year, for 2020's Etsies, a panel of judges (including actress and entrepreneur Drew Barrymore and Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson) selected 100 finalists from a pool of thousands of entries and then narrowed it down to a roster of 12 incredibly talented sellers — each of which embodies the Etsy spirit of skilled craftsmanship, ingenuity, and diversity. "I love the way all of the winners included detailed descriptions of their creations to really tell stories about how and why they were developed," Barrymore said in a statement. "I love reading about where creatives find their inspiration and Etsy really allows vendors to share this messaging and tell the stories behind their products for sale." In addition to the overall Grand Prize Winner, there are 10 category honorees for everything from Vintage and Pets to Accessories and Weddings. This year also saw the introduction of the program's first-ever People's Choice Award for even more crafty goodness to celebrate.

Ahead, discover which talented sellers are taking top honors in the worldwide search for the best of Etsy — and shop the very goods that earned them the big W in this year’s competition. There's everything from silk dresses to credenzas crafted from recycled skateboards, stylish floating cat beds, and beyond.

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<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/805716608/stackton-credenzahttps://www.etsy.com/listing/805716608/stackton-credenza" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Recycled Skateboard Credenza" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Recycled Skateboard Credenza<br></a></h3><br><em>Grand Prize Winner</em><br> <br>Combining their carpentry skills and passion for skateboarding, Canadian brother-duo Adrian and Martinus Pool received a whopping $15,000 prize for bringing new life to broken skateboards in this unique, minimal-waste furniture design. <br><br>"The Stackton credenza is so beautiful and at first glance, one would never know that it is actually made out of recycled skateboards… How cool is that?!" Barrymore said. "The design is so sleek and I really appreciate the functionality of the sliding doors and adjustable shelves."<br><br><strong>Adrian Martinus</strong> Recycled Skateboard Credenza, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F805716608%2Fstackton-credenza" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Recycled Skateboard Credenza


Grand Prize Winner

Combining their carpentry skills and passion for skateboarding, Canadian brother-duo Adrian and Martinus Pool received a whopping $15,000 prize for bringing new life to broken skateboards in this unique, minimal-waste furniture design.

"The Stackton credenza is so beautiful and at first glance, one would never know that it is actually made out of recycled skateboards… How cool is that?!" Barrymore said. "The design is so sleek and I really appreciate the functionality of the sliding doors and adjustable shelves."

Adrian Martinus Recycled Skateboard Credenza, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/745126367/ombre-ring-green-stacking-ring-uniquehttps://www.etsy.com/listing/745126367/ombre-ring-green-stacking-ring-unique" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ombre Green Gemstone Stacking Ring" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ombre Green Gemstone Stacking Ring<br></a></h3><em><br>People’s Choice Winner</em><br><br>Colorado-based seller Dani Barbe was awarded Etsy's first-ever People's Choice Award for the design of this delicate ombre ring. The award includes a $5,000 prize for receiving the most incremental favorites during the voting period. <br><br><strong>DANIBARBEshop</strong> Ombre Green Gemstone Stacking Ring, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F745126367%2Fombre-ring-green-stacking-ring-unique" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Ombre Green Gemstone Stacking Ring


People’s Choice Winner


Colorado-based seller Dani Barbe was awarded Etsy's first-ever People's Choice Award for the design of this delicate ombre ring. The award includes a $5,000 prize for receiving the most incremental favorites during the voting period.

DANIBARBEshop Ombre Green Gemstone Stacking Ring, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/831518831/reserved-for-etsy-design-awards-large" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macrame Plant Hanger" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macrame Plant Hanger</a></h3><br><em>Art Category Winner </em><br><br>Demi Mixon is a Houston-based, self-taught seller who weaves a unique fiber style while drawing inspiration from the world around her, be that a vibrant sunset or a delicious-looking plate of food. <br><br>"The macrame plant hanger is also one of my favorites! I love that it is called 'The Achieving Peacemaker' and really enjoyed reading about what it stands for." Barrymore added. <br><br><strong>Demi Macrame Designs</strong> Macrame Plant Hanger, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F831518831%2Freserved-for-etsy-design-awards-large" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Macrame Plant Hanger


Art Category Winner

Demi Mixon is a Houston-based, self-taught seller who weaves a unique fiber style while drawing inspiration from the world around her, be that a vibrant sunset or a delicious-looking plate of food.

"The macrame plant hanger is also one of my favorites! I love that it is called 'The Achieving Peacemaker' and really enjoyed reading about what it stands for." Barrymore added.

Demi Macrame Designs Macrame Plant Hanger, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/120049443/wood-clutch-wood-bag-wood-purse-woodhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/120049443/wood-clutch-wood-bag-wood-purse-wood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wood Clutch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wood Clutch<br></a></h3><br><em>Bags, Shoes, & Accessories Category Winner<br></em><br>The Israeli duo behind the Tesler Mendelovitch brand merge two polarizing style philosophies to create beautiful, three-dimensional wooden textiles to bring to life this winning handbag design. <br><br><strong>Tesler Mendelovitch</strong> Wood Clutch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F120049443%2Fwood-clutch-wood-bag-wood-purse-wood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Wood Clutch


Bags, Shoes, & Accessories Category Winner

The Israeli duo behind the Tesler Mendelovitch brand merge two polarizing style philosophies to create beautiful, three-dimensional wooden textiles to bring to life this winning handbag design.

Tesler Mendelovitch Wood Clutch, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/779295623/balloon-sleeves-printed-dress-ecohttps://www.etsy.com/listing/779295623/balloon-sleeves-printed-dress-eco" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Celine Silk Dress" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Celine Silk Dress</a></h3><br><em>Clothing Category Winner <br></em><br>Canadian designer Noémie Vaillancourt infuses sustainable pieces with detailed floral motifs, using natural materials to create wearable works of art. <br><br>"The Celine Silk Dress really stood out to me because the photography was so beautiful! I really love how the designer took extra time to style the dress and take editorial quality photos to showcase the design and versatility of the garment," Barrymore said. <br><br> <br><br><strong>noemiah</strong> Celine Silk Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F779295623%2Fballoon-sleeves-printed-dress-eco" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Celine Silk Dress


Clothing Category Winner

Canadian designer Noémie Vaillancourt infuses sustainable pieces with detailed floral motifs, using natural materials to create wearable works of art.

"The Celine Silk Dress really stood out to me because the photography was so beautiful! I really love how the designer took extra time to style the dress and take editorial quality photos to showcase the design and versatility of the garment," Barrymore said.



noemiah Celine Silk Dress, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/152350620/maria-sc-double-test-tubes-chandelierhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/152350620/maria-sc-double-test-tubes-chandelier" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Test Tube Chandelier" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Test Tube Chandelier<br></a></h3><br><em>Home & Living Category Winner</em><br><em><br></em>The work of Polish artist and designer Magda Jurek is inspired by Polish scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Jurek uses laboratory test tubes set in two plywood bands for a stunning chandelier that blends science and culture. <br><br><strong>Pani Jurek</strong> Test Tube Chandelier, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F152350620%2Fmaria-sc-double-test-tubes-chandelier" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Test Tube Chandelier


Home & Living Category Winner

The work of Polish artist and designer Magda Jurek is inspired by Polish scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Jurek uses laboratory test tubes set in two plywood bands for a stunning chandelier that blends science and culture.

Pani Jurek Test Tube Chandelier, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/819333320/finalist-of-etsy-design-award-seedhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/819333320/finalist-of-etsy-design-award-seed" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Seed Dangle Bracelet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Seed Dangle Bracelet</a></h3><br><em>Jewelry Category Winner<br></em><br>Mexican jewelry designer Mai Solorzano looks to nature and life's "little details" when approaching her craft. This particular piece was created with molds made of tiny seeds from the autumn trees in Buenos Aires. <br><br><strong>Mai Solorzano</strong> Seed Dangle Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F819333320%2Ffinalist-of-etsy-design-award-seed" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Seed Dangle Bracelet


Jewelry Category Winner

Mexican jewelry designer Mai Solorzano looks to nature and life's "little details" when approaching her craft. This particular piece was created with molds made of tiny seeds from the autumn trees in Buenos Aires.

Mai Solorzano Seed Dangle Bracelet, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/718384883/personalized-family-figurines-customhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/718384883/personalized-family-figurines-custom" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Personalized Wood Dolls" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Personalized Wood Dolls</a></h3><br><em>Kids Category Winner</em><br><br>Aleksandra Berlinsky is a Lithuanian designer who wanted to make a minimalistic, long-lasting, memory-evoking set of personalized wooden dolls as a way for kids to express their feelings, fears, and experiences. As a mother herself, this is a creative mission that lies close to her own heart. <br><br><strong>Myminifam</strong> Personalized Wood Dolls, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F718384883%2Fpersonalized-family-figurines-custom" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Personalized Wood Dolls


Kids Category Winner

Aleksandra Berlinsky is a Lithuanian designer who wanted to make a minimalistic, long-lasting, memory-evoking set of personalized wooden dolls as a way for kids to express their feelings, fears, and experiences. As a mother herself, this is a creative mission that lies close to her own heart.

Myminifam Personalized Wood Dolls, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/814806570/illustrated-wedding-guest-place-cardhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/814806570/illustrated-wedding-guest-place-card" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Custom Illustrated Place Cards" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Custom Illustrated Place Cards<br></a></h3><br><em>Party & Paper Category Winner<br></em><br>Josie Kyriacou is a UK-based graphic designer creating personalized paper gifts and place cards that are fabulous for weddings and special events. Each illustration brings to life digital hand-drawn individuals with block colors for a cool, contemporary look that'll certainly <em>wow </em>your guests. <br><br><strong>KyriDesign</strong> Custom Illustrated Place Cards, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F814806570%2Fillustrated-wedding-guest-place-card" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Custom Illustrated Place Cards


Party & Paper Category Winner

Josie Kyriacou is a UK-based graphic designer creating personalized paper gifts and place cards that are fabulous for weddings and special events. Each illustration brings to life digital hand-drawn individuals with block colors for a cool, contemporary look that'll certainly wow your guests.

KyriDesign Custom Illustrated Place Cards, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/650713972/2020-etsy-design-award-finalist-wallhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/650713972/2020-etsy-design-award-finalist-wall" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wall Shelf Cat Bed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wall Shelf Cat Bed</a></h3><br><em>Pets Category Winner<br></em><br>Magdalena and Wojtek Zajdel are the Polish pair combining a passion for design with a love for their two cats to create sleek pieces for furry friends. This perch looks stylish but also functions as a practical piece for cat owners. <br><br>"I truly fell in love with the Wall Shelf Cat Bed!" Barrymore shared. "For those like me who have multiple pets and live in an NYC apartment, saving space is always a top priority. I think our family’s felines, Peach and Lucky would love this fun and innovative design just as much as I do!" <br><br><strong>CosyAndDozy</strong> Wall Shelf Cat Bed, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F650713972%2F2020-etsy-design-award-finalist-wall" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Wall Shelf Cat Bed


Pets Category Winner

Magdalena and Wojtek Zajdel are the Polish pair combining a passion for design with a love for their two cats to create sleek pieces for furry friends. This perch looks stylish but also functions as a practical piece for cat owners.

"I truly fell in love with the Wall Shelf Cat Bed!" Barrymore shared. "For those like me who have multiple pets and live in an NYC apartment, saving space is always a top priority. I think our family’s felines, Peach and Lucky would love this fun and innovative design just as much as I do!"

CosyAndDozy Wall Shelf Cat Bed, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/808483259/estelle-celestial-wedding-dress-bridalhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/808483259/estelle-celestial-wedding-dress-bridal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Celestial Wedding Dress" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Celestial Wedding Dress</a></h3><br><em> Wedding Category Winner</em><br><br>Lithuania-based designer Inge Staylte creates a collection of ethereal bespoke garments that are made-to-measure, focusing on comfort and inclusive sizing. <br><br><strong>WardrobeByDulcinea</strong> Celestial Wedding Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F808483259%2Festelle-celestial-wedding-dress-bridal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Celestial Wedding Dress


Wedding Category Winner

Lithuania-based designer Inge Staylte creates a collection of ethereal bespoke garments that are made-to-measure, focusing on comfort and inclusive sizing.

WardrobeByDulcinea Celestial Wedding Dress, $, available at Etsy
<h3><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/817248444/reserved-for-etsy-design-award-not-forhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/817248444/reserved-for-etsy-design-award-not-for" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Embellished Blazer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Embellished Blazer</a></h3><br><em>Vintage Category Winner</em><br><br>Mary Brenda is a Germany-based stylist and writer whose love of fashion has manifested itself in a meticulously curated array of vintage items. And for an extra-special touch, Brenda includes a poem she's written with each purchase that's inspired by the piece itself. <br><br><strong>FashionforFables</strong> Embellished Blazer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F817248444%2Freserved-for-etsy-design-award-not-for" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Embellished Blazer


Vintage Category Winner

Mary Brenda is a Germany-based stylist and writer whose love of fashion has manifested itself in a meticulously curated array of vintage items. And for an extra-special touch, Brenda includes a poem she's written with each purchase that's inspired by the piece itself.

FashionforFables Embellished Blazer, $, available at Etsy

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