The A’Design Awards have published their annual World Design Rankings for 2014. The US takes the top spot, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy, and Great Britain.

The World Design Rankings (WDR) aims to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the state of art in the design industry. The WDR ranks all the countries based on the number of designers that have been granted the A’ Design Award.

The ultimate aim of the World Design Rankings is to contribute to global design culture
through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings aim to provide a snapshot of the design potentials of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses, and available opportunities.

Ten new countries are included in the 2014 rankings: Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Norway, Cyprus, Albania, Qatar, and Colombia. The top 10 countries remained the same as year with the exception of China ascending the ladder from 8th to 7th position, which moved Brazil a step back.

To discover the complete list of countries included in the World Design Rankings, and to see in-depth design business insights for each country, browse the World Design Rankings at

The A’ Design Awards are an annual juried design competition honoring the best designers, architects, engineers, design studios, and design-oriented companies worldwide. The Awards are awarded annually in a wide range of categories. Below are a selection of some of Hyperallergic’s favorite A’Design Award winners — specifically, a diverse selection of award-winning chairs.

To learn more about the awards, visit

(Left) Origami Chair by Hakan Gürsu and (right) Darya Chair by Ali Alavi.

(Left) Chair with Belly Button Chair by I Chao Wang and (right) Turf Rug Lounger Lounge Chair by Masuo Fujimura.

(Left) Portuguese Roots Chair by Alexandre Caldas and (right) Icicle Chair by Ali Alavi.

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