We’re delighted to reveal our Acrylic Design Awards 2020 finalists!

This year has been even bigger and better than last. Almost 200 entries came in from students in 32 universities across Turkey – an important acrylic market (as Alan Gallagher, EMEA Sales & Marketing Director, explains here) – and our panel of esteemed judges had the not-so-simple task of narrowing these designs down to just eighteen.

Within this shortlist are our first, second and third prize winners, plus a ‘highly commended’ fourth. But these won’t be revealed until the event in Istanbul at the start of April!

Can you predict the winners?

Brief – To use acrylic in the design of a product or experience that has the potential to contribute to a more sustainable future, following the principles of ‘The Circular Economy’.

Design 1 – Families with children suffering disabilities or mobility problems may often use a standard child’s pushchair for transportation. Reaching a certain age, however, children don’t want to be associated with this. A sleek acrylic wheelchair design is this entrant’s solution.

Seleme Göleli – Kocaeli University


Design 2 – this modern take on the classic game of chess brings players together with its illuminated design. Acrylic’s durability means this board can be used for decades to come.

Hidayet Özçelik – Selcuk University


Design 3 – 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.

Dilara Erdoğan – Middle East Technical University


Design 4 – this contemporary light design uses recycled acrylic and can be controlled remotely by users to show any colour possible.

Mutlucan Lokmanoğlu – Marmara University


Design 5 – a simple, wipe-clean children’s play board to help encourage creativity and friendship.

Selen Gümüş – Selcuk University


Design 6 – a children’s playground game which uses coloured acrylic to create a puzzle, teaching children about forming shapes and the colour spectrum.

Egemen Şendur and Doruk Darbaz – Bahçeşehir University


Design 7 – this acrylic walking/camping light charges its batteries through movement. A day’s walking will keep things illuminated well into the darker hours!

Delphine Gamze Heynen – Yaşar University


Design 8 – An acrylic home for Istanbul’s street animals which gives them more hygienic access to food and water. It can be moved freely or locked into one place.

Ipek Usta – Istanbul Bilgi University


Design 9 – housed in strong acrylic, this clever aquaponic system can be built into high-rise balconies to allow soilless agriculture in space-poor areas. The plants being grown filter harmful nitrate (from fish waste) from the water, fertilising plant growth and supporting the fish.

İrem Eylül Göbel – Eskişehir University


Design 10 – this uses acrylic to re-imagine farming, vertically! This makes it more accessible to the casual grower and is a clever maximisation of space for the wider farming industry.

Gülseren Elif Köseoğlu – Yaşar University


Design 11 – An acrylic surfboard designed to be non-slip on the standing surface, streamlined under the water and safe in the event of a collision.

Iclal Seven – Kocaeli University


Design 12 – More orchids are killed by incorrect watering than any other reason. Transparent acrylic lets you always have eyes on the plant’s hydration. What’s more, since orchid roots benefit from light, it also helps its growth!

Berk Can Yıldız – Selcuk University


Design 13 – A clean, safe, waterless public toilet designed for underdeveloped or rural areas with scarce resources.

Ekim Güney Öztürk – Istanbul Technical University


Design 14 – newly-hatched sea turtles can often find it hard finding their way to the sea at night. These buoyant acrylic lights are designed to guide them to safety.

Ecem Acar – Selcuk University


Design 15 – Millions of toothbrushes are disposed of every year. A big source of plastic waste. This acrylic toothbrush design is long-lasting, with a detachable bamboo brush head that can be replaced over and over.

Berk Varol – Yeditepe University


Design 16 – This acrylic bird feeder is designed to encourage bird life in public spaces. Attachments can be clipped on in any combination – including for food, water or simply a perch to rest on.

Görkay Düzgün – Bilkent University


Design 17 – Acrylic is the main material in this scooter design. It’s an environmentally-friendly way of getting around a crowded city and, for safety, the frame illuminates to increase visibility and indicate braking.

Hasan Bektaş – Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University


Design 18 – As an alternative to a traditional walking cane for the visually impaired, which can draw attention in a way that isn’t always sought or pleasant, this acrylic band is stylish, subtle and offers smart navigation abilities.

Selin Çamur – Yeditepe University