It’s Official! These Are the Winners of the 2023 Etsy Design Awards

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Release time:2023-09-08 17:19

The very best designs don’t just spark awe and admiration in you—they also add something lasting to your life. That combination is a defining feature of the winners of this year’s Etsy Design Awards, our fifth annual celebration of the creativity and craftsmanship that abound in our seller community.

Shop the 2023 Etsy Design Awards Winners and Finalists

“When it came down to selecting the winners, the thing that struck me most—aside from their bold originality—is that you can tell [these pieces] were created to be used and loved by real people,” says actor, producer, businesswoman, and designer Sarah Jessica Parker, who judged this year’s category entries alongside Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. “These aren’t just wonderfully unique conversation pieces, they’re items that were made to be enjoyed every day, to be worn and held, and ultimately to be passed down through generations.”

Read on to learn more about the one-of-kind details and impeccable artistry of this year’s top-voted designs—then click through to add some favorites to your cart (or at least your wishlist).

Grand Prize Award Winner

"Emma" cactus-leather bag by Maria Duque of Marigaby

SHOP: "Emma" cactus-leather bag from Marigaby, $267

This year’s Grand Prize winner, a petite Marigaby purse crafted from leaf-colored cactus leather (yes, as in the plant!) and adorned with a confetti of embroidered stitches in hues inspired by fresh fruits, represents a perfect marriage of style and substance. Designer Maria Duque’s meticulous craftsmanship and innovative use of vegan materials wowed judges, all while serving up dreamy tropical vibes and wear-everyday versatility. Dayna says, “The combination of her attention to detail, creative design, and commitment to sustainability truly blew me away.”

To Maria, designing a sturdy bag roomy enough to carry necessities, but small enough to wear comfortably and in a variety of ways, was essential. “What I love the most about ‘Emma’ is that you can wear it during the day with a casual outfit or for a night out,” she says. “On your waist for a hands-free style, as a crossbody bag, or simply on your hand—either way, it'll always add the perfect, final touch of color.”

Winners' Choice Award Winner

Dandelion interactive lamp by Dozen Lee and Matilda Kao of Mozi Dozen

Dandelion Interactive Lamp from Mozi Dozen on EtsySHOP: Dandelion interactive lamp from Mozi Dozen, $191

Make a wish! Gently blow on the soft white globe of this dandelion lamp and watch its elegant wood-and-felt form illuminate, just like magic. Both a tabletop sculpture and a functional light, Mozi Dozen’s interactive and playful piece is the first-ever recipient of the Winners’ Choice Award, chosen by past Grand Prize honorees. This inventive breath-controlled light brings a special glow to home spaces. “In addition to being a bedside night light, it can also serve as the welcoming light for family members returning home at night,” the Taiwan-based designers explain. “It can be used as a wish-making item when there are no candles around, or as a lovely centerpiece on the dining table.” As judge Dayna Isom Johnson puts it: “The dandelion interactive lamp adds a whimsical touch to an everyday moment.”

People’s Pick Award Winner

Hand-painted, vegetable-tanned leather wallet by Sarah Ahmed of SA Collage

Hand Painted Veg-Tan Leather Wallet from SA COLLAGE on EtsySHOP: Hand-painted, vegetable-tanned leather wallet from SA Collage, $81

“Our belongings and small details say a lot about who we are,” says Canada-based artist says Sarah Ahmed, whose hand-painted and hand-stitched leather accessories for SA Collage won shoppers’ hearts and took home this year’s People’s Pick Award. With four pockets, perfect for carrying credit cards and cash or a stash of business cards, her slim, minimalist wallet easily slides into your pocket or purse and adds expressive flair to daily living. “This wallet will definitely highlight the artistic, fun, and vibrant side of its owner.”

Winner: Accessories

Printed silk scarf by Dikla Levsky of Dikla Levsky Design

Printed Silk Scarf from Dikla Levsky on EtsySHOP: Printed silk scarf from Dikla Levsky Design, $225

Printed with vibrant color blocks and speckled brushstrokes, Dikla Levsky’s 100% silk twill scarf is no mere add-on. High-quality details, like a rolled hem, bring a boost of breezy-yet-luxe style to your wardrobe, while the gallery-worthy graphic makes a bold style statement. “Wear your scarf around your head or neck, or attach it to the handles of your favorite tote,” the Tel Aviv-based designer suggests. “Casual, business, elegant, or vacation looks—this scarf effortlessly elevates any outfit.”

Winner: Jewelry

Sandcast gold signet ring by Justin Duance

Sandcast Gold Signet Ring from Justin Duance on EtsySHOP: Sandcast gold signet ring from Justin Duance, $1,465

Made from molten recycled gold cast in beach sand, England-based jeweler Justin Duance’s extraordinary rings have a craggy, meteor-like surface that’s surprisingly smooth to the touch. To imbue the ring with added personal meaning, customers can supply their own sand for the casting process. “It's a lovely way to personalize their jewelry,” says Jamila Hirtenstein, one of the ten jewelers who works in Justin’s studio, “a way of keeping a piece of their favorite place with them all the time.”


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