Of course, we love shopping at major retailers like Anthroplogie, Williams Sonoma, Provence Pear Trees and bid on items at 1stDibs. But when we’re in the mood for something more unique, and in some cases one-of-a-kind, we turn to Etsy.
The website’s ever-changing product lineup is almost exclusively designed by creative entrepreneurs. And while store owner businesses may be smaller than these big brands, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sacrificing anything in terms of quality or creativity. In fact, because these designers are so passionate about their products, they often go above and beyond to make sure they’re done right. Plus, the fact that there are fewer “rules” and levels to work your way up the idea ladder means that Etsy shops are home to some of the most distinctive, trending, and breathtaking designs available.
To highlight the crème de la crème, Etsy has just revealed the winners of the Etsy Design Awards 2022. The first prize took home $20,000, the “people’s choice” scored $5,000, and the category winners took home $1,000 each. The top 12 boutiques feature an eclectic mix of designers from the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Israel.
Selected by pros from the digital interior design company The expert, including Jenna Lyons, Brigette Romanek, Jake Arnold and many more, many winners’ stories are even more inspiring than their products. Take Grand Prix winner Tim Stevenson. After being furloughed during the pandemic, Stevenson turned his hobby of designing intricate mixed-media wall hangings into a boutique, We are Lunarium.
Art Category Award winner Edina “Dina” Dodson first began painting as a form of therapy after the death of her mother in 2014. Her shop, ArtByDinaDcontinues to be a tribute to his late mother.
Prangchat “Deedee” Sathianthammawit, the apparel and accessories winner, had a long 13-year career in the New York fashion world. Now a resident of Utah, she turns her attention to a more eco-friendly future and turns that vision into playful designs she creates with vintage textiles for her shop, WBTHAMM.
Meet the winners and discover the 100 finalists hereor if you want to dive straight into the winning shops…