Archives April 2016

A’ International Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Awards Announces 2016 Results

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149 Design Award Winning Projects from 88 countries has been selected by international jury of A’ Furniture Design Award


On April 15 , 2016, A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffused international design competition announced results of the 2015 – 2016 period winners. The A’ International Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Awards recognized 149 design projects from all over the globe.

Entries were carefully evaluated by an influential, 83-person jury panel composed of established scholars, prominent press members, creative design professionals and experienced entrepreneurs who devoted great care and attention to details of the numerous submissions while voting each entry using an advanced methodology of the competition.

Design enthusiasts, aficionados and editors worldwide are now cordially invited to get fresh design inspiration and discover latest trends in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware designs by visiting the A’ Design Awards’ online gallery of winners which features all top designs from the 2015 – 2016 International A’ Design Competition as well as previously awarded works from 94 categories.

A’ International Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Awards winners are announced every year on April 15 publically. Best products, projects, concepts and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology and creativity are rewarded with the A’ Design Award; the symbol of excellence in design and innovation. There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron A’ Design Awards are distributed annually in all design disciplines among all the projects. Designers, companies and institutions from all countries are annually called to take part in the accolades by nominating their best works, projects and products for A’ Design award consideration.

Laureates are invited to attend the fabulous gala-night and award ceremony in Como Lake, Italy where they would be called to stage to collect their trophies, award certificates and yearbooks. Winner are also provided exclusive space to take part in the “best designs of the year” exhibition to showcase their winning works in Italy.

The A’ Design Prize is a highly coveted and comprehensive winners’ kit given to A’ International Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design competition medalists to help dissemination of their news to further and wider international audiences. In addition to the trophy, certificate and book, the A’ Design Prize includes PR and marketing services such as translation of award winning works to dozens of languages, press release preparation and distribution, lifetime license to use “award winner” logo, public relations campaign for winners and communication of awarded works to thousands of media members from all over the globe.

While the 2015 – 2016 Edition is over, entries to the 2016 – 2017 competition is now open; interested designers, artists, architects and companies could register and submit their works at and obtain further information regarding the design competition such as evaluation criteria, key dates, list of jury members, entry forms and presentation guidelines could be obtained.

About A’ International Furniture Design Award & Competition
A’ International Furniture Design Award, annually organized by A’ Design Award & Competition, was established to create awareness for good design practices and principles. The ultimate aim of the international A’ Design Award & Competition is to build strong incentives for designers, companies and brands from all countries to come up with better products, services and systems that benefit mankind. Therefor, A’ Design Award & Competition highlights and pushes forward worldwide designers and brands to create products and projects that offer additional value, increased utility, provide new functionality, superior aesthetics, exceptional efficiency, improved sustainability and remarkable performance. Learn more about A’ International Furniture Design Award at

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New Online Marketplace for African and Diaspora-Inspired Fashion, Accessories, and Home Decor Launches

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Today, Boutique Africaine, a platform to buy and sell ethnic, African-inspired clothing, accessories, and home decor items has launched. Much like Etsy, the platform will allow consumers to connect directly with the creators of the products they seek.

Franck Hounsokou, the founder of Boutique Africaine, was inspired by his own frustration shopping for trendy ethnic clothing in North America, which proved to be next-to-impossible. Hounsokou says, “Boutique Africaine will fill a gap in the marketplace. In the past, finding unique and colorful ethnic fashions could be very difficult, but, with a wide array of designers from around the world, shoppers worldwide will be able to find what they are looking for, without having to go to Africa to do so.”

Boutique Africaine will not only benefit shoppers, it will also benefit designers. Hounsokou adds, “”By providing a reliable, robust, and easy-to-use platform, I realized that the service was solving a problem for small shop owners and designers, not only giving them the opportunity to focus on their creations, rather than on technical aspects of marketing, promotion, and eCommerce, but also helps them expand their reach and attract and connect with global customers.” Some of the features Boutique Africaine’s designers will enjoy include: faster reach, greater visibility, the ability to instantly track and get insights about their most successful products, 24-7 monitoring and encryption, and the option to allow Boutique Africaine to fulfill orders on their behalf.

Some of the designers on the new site will include: New York-based boutique Blue Plate, German shop Alleon, and Spanish shop Yere Jeekk. Hounsokou says, “We are very excited to be working with such talented designers, who will all bring their own unique flavor and style to the site.” Boutique Africaine will also be offering its own designs, including: handbags, schoolbags, dresses, and jumpsuits.

About Boutique Africaine:
BOUTIQUE AFRICAINE is an online marketplace for ethnic clothing, accessories, and home & living items. The platform connects designers from around the world with buyers who love eclectic African and diaspora-inspired fashion items. The site offers products with an ethnic touch and the marketplace is the go-to place to buy and sell original items. The marketplace also help designers go to market faster and sell worldwide, as well as keeping designers inventories in its warehouse to facilitate fulfillment worldwide.

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To see some of Boutique Africaine’s fashions, please visit the lookbook at

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