2 July 2020: For Immediate Release

The submission periods for the 2020 Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award are drawing to a close. The two awards highlight 12 exciting entries to promote the awards’ final Call for Entries this year, which will both close in early July.

Since the two awards opened for submissions in March, the organizer has received thousands of entries from Canada, Japan, Thailand, the United States, Singapore, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Iran, Kenya, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Brunei. Among these entrants are global brands such as the Rado Uhren AG, BenQ Corporation, Hitachi, Tmall.com, Hotel W Taipei and Shenzhen TCL Digital Technology Co., Ltd. etc. These high-caliber entrants will vie for the top prize at this year’s awards ceremony.


Golden Pin Design Award 2020

❚ Product Design Category

Brinouva UV LED Portable Air Sterilizer (Image provided by Award-Design Integration Studio)

Brinouva UV LED Portable Air Sterilizer

Country/region: Taiwan
Design Company: Award-Design Integration Studio
Client: NKFG Corporation

NKFG Corporation, a joint venture between Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corporation and Japan’s Nikkiso Co., Ltd., submitted a number of sterilization devices under the Brinouva brand for the first time this year. One of NKFG’s entries, its “UV LED Portable Air Sterilizer,” has been generating quite the buzz. It integrates an air purifier with UVC germicidal irradiation in a slim and lightweight device perfect for sterilization on the go.

Ginkgo Chair (Image provided by Side Design)

Ginkgo Chair

Country/region: Mainland China
Design Company: Side Design

Side Furniture, based in Shanghai, mainland China, has launched the “Ginkgo Chair,” which features steam-bent woodwork and butterfly mortise-and-tenon joints in place of commonly used plastic materials. The result is a modern, simple chair that enfolds the user in comfort. These chairs can be stacked for storage, and their components can be disassembled for recycling.

❚ Communication Design Category

SRISANGDAO Rice (Image provided by Prompt Design)


Country/region: Thailand
Design Company: Prompt Design
Client: Srisangdow Ricemill Co., Ltd.

Thailand’s Prompt Design Agency is contending for the top prize with its packaging design for “SRISANGDAO Rice”. The majority of the packaging material is sourced from the bran leftover from the rice milling process. The recyclable, eco-friendly design clearly communicates the organic nature of the product to consumers. It can even be reused as a tissue box cover thanks to its ingeniously designed shape and size.

Spaceman (Image provided by Grass Jelly Studio)


Country/region: Taiwan
Design Company: Grass Jelly Studio
Client: The Harlequin’s Carnival Ltd.

Taiwan’s Grass Jelly Studio has submitted the “Spaceman” music video it produced for Wu Qing-Feng, one of renowned singer-songwriter in Asia. The production team created an otherworldly visual experience that blends reality with fantasy to intensify the emotions of the story told through the song.

Junior High School Contact Book (Image provided by HOUTH)

Junior High School Contact Book

Country/region: Taiwan
Design Company: HOUTH
Client: Education Department of New Taipei City Government

The junior high school contact book is known as a communication book between students, teachers and parents in Taiwan. Is it possible to make it more beautiful and educational? The Education Department of New Taipei City Government has invited HOUTH to redesign this student supply used to be considered tedious. In order to showcase the different cover visual format and style, HOUTH use geometric shapes as the key elements in book covers to create the vivid eye catching new covers. It’s also a good opportunity to help students develop and build up the aesthetic sense.

❚ Spatial Design Category

Little Shelter Hotel (Image provided by Department of ARCHITECTURE)

Little Shelter Hotel

Country/region: Thailand
Design Company: Department of ARCHITECTURE
Client: Little Shelter Co., Ltd.

Thailand’s famed design studio Department of ARCHITECTURE entered its revolutionary design for the Little Shelter Hotel. The building itself features a sparkling exterior made up of the wooden shingles commonly found in northern Thai architecture and translucent polycarbonate panels with a futuristic vibe. Inside, the hotel is filled with imagery that evokes Bo Sang paper umbrellas and Pha Chor Canyon in a modern interpretation of Chiang Mai’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

LivinGreen (Image provided by 2byWu&Chen)


Country/region: Taiwan
Design Company: 2byWu&Chen
Client: LivinGreen

“2 by Wu&Chen,” an emerging Taiwanese design studio, transformed a 60-year old Japanese-style police station and dormitory building into a Taiwanese diner with lush greenery dotted throughout the premises. The project, aptly named “LivinGreen,” breathes new life into an old building while preserving many of its original materials and architectural attributes.

❚ Integration Design Category

Design Movement on Campus Project (Image provided by NDD DESIGN)

Design Movement on Campus: Pingtung DaTung Senior High School Project

Country/region: Taiwan
Design Company: NDD DESIGN TAINAN Co., Ltd.
Client: DaTung Senior High School

Taiwan’s Ndd Design submitted its “Pingtung DaTong Senior High School Project,” a part of the Ministry of Education’s Design Movement on Campus program, for consideration. By applying design ingenuity to storage spaces, the team reimagined the school’s system for storing its cleaning supplies to promote self-management by the students and inspire them to see beauty in the little things in life.

❚ Product Design Category

air form (Image provided by Xiu-Lai Zhou)

air form

Country/region: Japan
Designer(s): Xiu-Lai Zhou

Xiu-Lai Zhou’s “air form” drew inspiration from vacuum storage bags. A specially designed flat material in a sealed polybag can be transformed into a three-dimensional stool by drawing out the air from the attached valve with a vacuum. No adhesives or complicated assembly are necessary, making this stool practical to use and convenient to carry along.

Be Only Flesh and Blood (Image provided by I-Mor Liao)

Be Only Flesh and Blood

Country/region: Taiwan
Designer(s): I-Mor Liao, Bo-Qiang Huang

I-Mor Liao and Bo-Qiang Huang’s “Be Only Flesh and Blood” is a collection of masterfully crafted soaps with a striking resemblance to skin tissue specimens. This bold, avant-garde design presentation is a social commentary on stigmatizing and stereotyping based on nothing more than skin.

❚ Communication Design Category

Design of Buddhism Universal Identification Mark (Image provided by Meng...

Design of Buddhism Universal Identification Mark

Country/region: Taiwan
Designer(s): Meng-Ju Kuo

Meng-Ju Kuo’s “Design of Buddhism Universal Identification Mark” is a lively reinterpretation of classic Buddhist figures, elements, and symbols with a modern Eastern twist.

❚ Integration Design Category

The Unknown Moment (Image provided by Chih-Wei Hsu)

The Unknown Moment

Country/region: Taiwan
Designer(s): Chih-Wei Hsu

Chih-Wei Hsu’s “The Unknown Moment” Project, is an attempt at an experimental platform where people can share their deepest secrets in complete anonymity, while the audience vicariously experiences others’ stories through the intricately designed exhibits. The dynamically controlled lighting creates a mysterious atmosphere that is sure to leave a deep impression on the audience’s mind. Hsu envisions a safe space in which the inhibitions of modern society can be set free.

Final Call of the Two Awards

The clock is ticking down for submissions to the 2020 Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award!

The Golden Pin Design Award honors exceptional designs that have already been brought to market or actually executed. This year, in light of the global pandemic, entrants with epidemic prevention-related designs may qualify for a registration fee waiver. The submission deadline for the award is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9th (GMT+8 Taipei).

The Golden Pin Concept Design Award calls for innovative design concepts that have not yet been mass produced, sold on the market, commissioned by a client, or otherwise commercially executed. Cash prizes totaling NT$ 1,200,000 (approx. US$ 41,000) await visionary designers from around the world. The submission deadline for the award is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 15th (GMT+8 Taipei).

Regarding submission, please visit the Golden Pin Design Award official website for more information!

About the Golden Pin Design Award Group

The annual Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running international design award that celebrates products or projects expressly created for Chinese-speaking communities, offering entrants an unprecedented opportunity to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market.

The Golden Pin Design Award Group is comprised of two international awards — the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award — and the Young Pin Design Award for students in Taiwan.

The Golden Pin Design Award Group is executed by the Taiwan Design Research Institute and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity.

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