While we sadly weren’t able to meet our talented group of student entrants, the design community, customers and partners at the originally planned Acrylic Design Awards event, we’re so proud to have released our 2020 winning entries, as chosen by our expert jury.

The level of effort and ingenuity from all 175 entrants has amazed us, and you can be sure that acrylic has a bright future in the hands of future designers.

So, here’s what the jury said. What do you think?

First place

‘Plaiful’ by Selen Gümüş from Selcuk University

A simple, wipe-clean children’s play board to help encourage creativity and friendship.

What our jury said…

“Plaiful is designed to enable children to play and socialise. The coloured base, transparent board and coloured horizontal parts can all be produced from acrylic. A proposal has been developed that has been handled in a holistic manner with its own plug-in assembly system, without the need for different fasteners.

“Plaiful, a lightweight, modular design that offers fast and easy assembly, allows children to write, personalise, paint, and then clean easily. It has been awarded 1st prize for being a contemporary, practical and accessible design, while being 100% acrylic ensures a long life where it won’t need to be thrown away, instead it’s able to be recycled. The design’s simplicity also means very little waste is generated in production.”

Second place

‘Acrifor’ by Dilara Erdoğan from Middle East Technical University

These attractive traffic lights benefit from acrylic’s strength and durability, but their edge-lit illumination also makes them visible to a wider field of view for both traffic and pedestrians.

What our jury said…

“Acrifor is a contemporary and innovative approach to traffic lights, which we are accustomed to seeing in similar forms in the city. It uses the transparency, durability and cornerless curvilinear form made possible by acrylic throughout the design.

“In the context of product design, the design was deemed worthy of the 2nd prize because it developed an alternative proposal to existing traffic light designs where only the light source can be seen, and improves the function of the product by ensuring the illumination of the entire vertical surface.

“This could lead to a safer future for city users, both in cars and on foot, by greater visibility of red/green and the ability to recycle the installations at end-of-life.”

Third place

‘licht.’ by Mutlucan Lokmanoğlu from Marmara University

A great-looking way to use recycled acrylic in interior lighting design.

What our jury said…

“This lighting element is produced from intertwined forms, using recycled acrylic, offering the possibility of rotation in itself and having the ability to change. The lower pedestal has a function that combines curvilinear material, different colours and ambiance possibilities with its light source.

“This design, which the user can personalise with colour and form preferences, while all parts can be produced with acrylic, has been awarded the 3rd prize for its different design approach which is conscious of Circular Economy principles through its use of 100% recycled material.

Highly commended 

‘Care-tta’ by Ecem Acar from Selcuk University. 

More than half of all ‘caretta caretta’ sea turtles nest in Turkey. Newly-hatched, they can often struggle finding their way to the sea at night to survive. These buoyant acrylic lights are designed to guide them to safety.

What our jury said…

“This is designed to help endangered ‘caretta caretta’ sea turtles navigate between beach and sea during spawning periods. This design is created with social responsibility in mind, and this aspect was appreciated. However, the effects of light emitted by the product on the life of the ‘caretta caretta’ are not scientifically known, so the design is given special mention at an experimental level.

“The product, which is designed as a light source that can stand on the surface of the water, has been given a special mention because of the above-mentioned features and the desire to create a sustainable future for this endangered species.”