Today's the day — Etsy has announced the winners of its first-ever design awards (appropriately nicknamed #TheEtsies), which celebrate the platform's best makers and their innovative products. The $15,000 grand prize was given to Sien Zeng, a London-based artist, for her interactive magnetic dinosaur wallpaper, which captivated judges with its playfulness and charm.
"Our paper encourages people to tell their own stories," Sian told Etsy. "I really want them to interact with the wall and see what they come up with."
The process of choosing a winner took several months. First, Etsy determined the shortlist for the awards by asking the pubic to nominate their favorite products in five categories: Inventive Decor, Signature Style, Festive Celebrations, Earth-Friendly, and Creative Collaborations.
Then, a panel of judges across industries, from fashion designer Anavila Misra to The Great Interior Design Challenge judge Sophie Robinson to actor, director, and producer Dan Levy, known for his work on Schitt's Creek, selected the winners in each category, who each received $1,000, plus the grand prize winner.
Learn more about each of the winners below:
Grand Prize: Interactive Magnetic Dino Wallpaper by Sian Zeng
Inventive Decor: "The Sling" Walnut and Leather Chair by Justin Nelson
Self-trained woodworker (and former Marine) Justin Nelson crafted this high-design chair for his company Fernweh Woodworking. It comes in black or brown leather with a walnut frame.
Signature Style: Rainbow Butterfly Coat by Molly Goodall
We're getting serious "Reading Rainbow" vibes with this children's coat by Texas-based designer Molly Goodall for her brand littlegoodall. Artist and illustrator Matthew Langille designed the pattern on the lining.
Festive Celebrations: Papercut Wedding Vow Art by Naomi Shiek
Israeli artist Naomi Shiek crafts delicate papercut ketubahs (Jewish marriage contracts) for wedding keepsakes through her business Woodland Papercuts. The text can be personalized for each customer, no matter your beliefs.
Vicky Moudilou and Stam Guinis, who are based in Greece, have created these absolutely chic slides from upcycled vegan materials for their brand EatingTheGoober. You buy the base first, then you can choose as many interchangeable upper attachments as you'd like!
Creative Collaborations: Custom Midcentury Doghouse by Alejandro and Sara Pijuan
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.