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9 Ingenious Essentials From This Year’s Design Awards Finalists

Sep 22, 2020

by Jackie Buddie

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Over the last few months, thousands of Etsy sellers across the globe carefully refined their designs, honed their crafts, and entered their most prized, one-of-a-kind creations into the 2020 Etsy Design Awards. Today, we’re thrilled to officially announce the competition’s 100 distinguished finalists. From colorful dungarees to custom-carved pet-portrait mugs, these impeccable products all share one thing in common: the power to make day-to-day life that much brighter and sweeter. 

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Curiosity piqued? Read on to discover nine standout submissions that are redefining what it means to be an everyday staple. Then, browse the full list of finalists and be sure to vote for your favorites! That’s right: between now and October 7, you’re invited to participate in our first-ever People’s Choice Awards. Simply add the items that speak to you most to your favorites on Etsy, and the person whose product gets the most love during our voting period will win $5,000.* 

More than a fanny pack

An upcycled nylon fanny pack from The Viv Goods
Upcycled nylon fanny pack from The Viv Goods | 2020 Finalist: Bags, Accessories & Shoes

Crafted from neon nylon fabric repurposed from old paragliders, these upcycled carryalls from The VIV Goods effortlessly transform from crossbodies to belly bags and back again with the simple slide of an adjustable metal clasp. It’s an everyday accessory so easy-breezy and lightweight, you might just forget you’re wearing it.

An artful scarf

Modern printed bandana from All Very Goods
Modern printed bandana from All Very Goods | 2020 Finalist: Bags, Accessories, & Shoes

Whether styled as a chic neckerchief or a functional face covering, this beautifully illustrated bandana from All Very Goods serves as a soft reminder to “be patient with yourself”—an encouraging message that’s subtly printed in the corners of the artist’s design. Inspired by the journey of coming to love her hair at any length, it’s part accessory, part positive affirmation.

Peppy patterned overalls

Colorful patterned overalls from Nevice
Colorful patterned overalls from Nevice | 2020 Finalist: Clothing

One and done! Slip into a pair of colorful kitenge fabric overalls from Nevice and presto!—you’ve got yourself an outfit. Layer over a comfy tee and settle in for some cozy couch time, or accessorize with statement earrings and some fun footwear and strut your stuff at your next socially distanced shindig.

Dynamic dishware

Sculpted face trays in two sizes from Madriguera Workshop
Sculpted face tray from Madriguera Workshop | 2020 Finalist: Home & Living

Catchall, snack platter, or decorative accent? No matter which way you look at Madriguera Workshop’s stoneware face tray, its sculpted surface will make an artful addition to a well-curated coffee table or modern shelf display.

A DIY fit for a queen or king

DIY fabric crown pattern from Kyla Something
DIY fabric crown pattern from Kyla Something | 2020 Finalist: Kids

Every day is a good day for your kiddo to feel “fierce” and “brave,” which makes an empowering crown a must-have (even if their mightiest accomplishment is doing homework or running errands with Dad). Stitch one up in no time with a beginner-friendly printable pattern from Kyla Something, and make self-confidence your little one’s go-to accessory.

A timeless timepiece

A retro mechanical clock from The Vintage Europe
Retro mechanical clock from The Vintage Europe | 2020 Finalist: Vintage

Need help hopping up out of bed without hitting snooze? Give yourself a little nudge with a wind-up alarm from The Vintage Europe. Complete with bright green casing, fluorescent hands, and two shiny bells straight out the ‘60s, this retro mechanical clock adds a nostalgic touch to any nightstand.

Not just any journal

An abstract flower journal from The Completist London
Abstract flower journal from The Completist London | 2020 Finalist: Paper & Party

With its flower-inspired cover, pages made from recycled sheet paper, and special binding that keeps the book flat while you write, this weekly planner from The Completist London is so satisfying to scribble in, it’s all the encouragement you’ll need to keep your tasks on track. 

Your pet’s mug, immortalized

A sculpted pet portrait mug from Hadley Clay
Sculpted pet portrait mug from Hadley Clay | 2020 Finalist: Pets

Your morning brew is sure to fill you with warm fuzzies when sipped from a hand-carved cup adorned with your favorite furry friend. From its floppy ears to the tips of its whiskers, this 3D-sculpted stunner from Hadley Clay is so detailed and lifelike, it’s a face you could almost pet.

Extra-special earrings

Modern, minimalist earrings from Maison Lima
Modern, minimalist earrings from Maison Lima | 2020 Finalist: Jewelry

For some of us, getting dressed each day is key to feeling like ourselves—even if we’re just accessorizing from the waist up. These minimalist danglers from Maison Lima are versatile enough to take you from virtual board meetings to video birthday toasts, with a sleek, geometric design that packs a major style punch.

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*Voting ends 10/7/20. Must have an Etsy account to vote. You can vote for any Finalist once. Voters will not be able to cast a vote for a Finalist who they had favorited prior to the start of the voting.  Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or any other means intended to impact the integrity of the voting process as determined by Etsy may be void. Votes obtained by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, payment for votes or offering to trade votes, as determined by Etsy, in its sole discretion, may result in those votes being void.  See contest rules at etsydesignawards.com

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