Today saw the announcement of the Etsy Awards 2016 winners. The awards, now in their second year, celebrate the craft and innovation of the online marketplace’s German and Austrian designers.
As part of the jury – along with Julia Hoffman, Global Creative Director of Etsy, the blogger Ricarda Nieswandt of 23qm Stil and photographer Zoë Noble, we contributed to the selection of 60 finalists from over 600 entries across the following categories: Fashion & Accessories, Home & Living, Art & Illustration And Paper Goods, Kids & Baby, New Talent and Community Choice. Finally, the pool was narrowed down to one winner per category. We raise a (hand-crafted) glass to them below.
Fashion & Accessories
Fashion designer Sabrina Weigt began selling brightly colored creations under the label THE KINT KID in 2011 before toning down her color palette under her eponymous label, which is known for its use of high quality materials and transparent production processes.
JOHANENLIES – Mike Raaijmakers
Home & Living
Mike Raaijmakers of JOHANENLIES stands for high quality, hand-finished designer furniture crafted from recycled wood. Each piece has its own unique character, which Raaijmakers describes as a combination of Dutch design and Berlin charm.
Art & Illustration and Paper Goods
Based on Berlin but often found exploring the world, illustrator Grieben’s favorite motifs to sketch are plants and animals. For her winning design, she drew upon her experience living in New Zealand for inspiration, creating a postcard of birds native to the country.
LederGlueck – Familie Holland
Kids & Baby
The Holland family spotted a gap in the market for high quality leather grips for prams, so they decided to create them own ideal version. After their designs resonated exceptionally well amongst friends, they went to market and have since sold over 1,000 grips in 14 countries and counting.
MJUKStore – Anja Meyer
Anja Mayer’s winning New Talent award entry takes the form of a one-of-a-kind piglet doorstop, weighing 1kg and lined with felt and lovingly created by hand in Mayer’s Bavarian workshop.
MyooBoutique – Yoana Docheva
Originally from Bulgaria, Yoana Docheva of Myoo creates bridal clothing and couture for kids. Her Haute Couture skirt – which won the Community’s Choice award – was inspired by the falling leaves of autumn and created from petals of pink chiffon.