Feast Your Eyes On Our Favorite Packaging Winners from the iF Design Awards 2020

by Theresa Christine Johnson on 03/17/2020 | 6 Minute Read

It’s that time of year again—that time when iF Design announces the winners from their awards program in everything from architecture to product design to, our personal favorite, packaging. 

This year, judges in the competition evaluated nearly 7,300 projects from over 50 countries, and in the end, a lucky 75 walked away with a Gold Award. Here are our top picks from the iF Design Award 2020 winners in packaging design.

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WuXi Environmental Protection Packing

We love to see innovative packaging options to reduce single-use plastic, and this design uses environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and recycled plant fiber material. With a clean eggshell white and splashes of aquamarine, it retains a high-end look to elevate tea time. 

Design agency: Shenzhen Yanyu Culture Co., Ltd., Kui Jin 

Location: Shenzhen, China

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SPARKEAU

Sometimes it is the most common, most interacted-with item that could use a refresh, but you don’t even realize it until you see it. Such is the case with SPARKEAU, which is very much a bottle but with a different not-your-average-bottle shape. By adding in a curvature to the vessel and making it more ergonomic, it allows for better grip overall—plus, it adds a dash of contemporary elegance.

Design agency: SENSE CREATE

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

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AND UNION

I mean, how could we not mention these eye-catching brews—we’ve featured them before on Dieline and love the bold colors and minimal text. Calling themselves a “Modernist Bavarian Beer,” the cans embody the idea that less is more. But they add in a unique extra detail: textures. These cans practically begged to be picked up off the shelf so you can feel what they’re like in your own two hands, and this makes the whole experience that much more memorable. 

Design agency: AND UNION, Samantha Yule, Rui Esteves

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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Yingjiagong Baijiu

You will find the distillery of Yingjiagong located in an area that looks almost like a painting; a temperate, mountainous region with abundant rainfall and the nearby Dabie Mountain surrounded by clouds year-round. This inspired designers to create a bottle that honors the distillery’s location. Like a traditional ship in a bottle, this one has a twist-when tipped onto its side, the three-dimensional lush, green mountains inside transport consumers to the foot of Dabie Mountain.

Design agency: Shenzhen Oracle Creative Design, Wen Liu, Jianxiong Guo, Weijie Kang

Location: Shenzhen, China 

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Luzhuoquan Boxed Water

Imagine if you replaced your water cooler at work with this. The box is 100% biodegradable, making it an environmentally-friendly choice to the bottled water you might encounter in the office. The Maldives blue color on the pack immediately takes our minds to crystal clear waters, and the wooden stand adds to room decor and connects the consumer to nature.

Design agency: KL&K DESIGN

Location: Shenzhen, China

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Venus Team

We love the way this beverage packaging plays with perspective and is just as functional as it is a piece of art. The idea for this design comes from the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinese culture and resembles the full, shining moon over a lake. The designers took a beautiful, calm scene and masterfully translated it into a bottle, with the bottle cap at the top serving as the bright moon.

Design agency: Shenzhen Baixinglong Creative

Location: Shenzhen, China 

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Hwiva Chicken

In Korea, when people order takeout, they often don’t put their chicken into a separate bowl and instead eat it straight from the delivery box. Designers developed this box to transform into a more traditional dish when you open the lid, making the act of eating takeout a little more special. The box uses no glue and can turn into two sheets of paper after use, giving it a longer life than the usual, single-use plastic to-go containers.

Design agency: m pound, Jeongyoung Park, Soyoung Kim, Hyunju Park, Jinkyung Lee, Jihee Kim, Dongcheol Lee, Yeonju Kim, Giwon Seo, Naryeong Lee

Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea 

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Native Egg of "Fu Lao Xiang Qin"

It’s about time egg packaging got a refresh. The delicate illustrations certainly make the packaging one-of-a-kind, and you might be halfway convinced you’re buying a box of chocolates until you open it up. Ditching materials like styrofoam, the corrugated paper material gets laid out into three separate layers to protect the eggs from damage.

Design agency: Zhongshan Torch Polytechnic, Mingyu Chen, Yanfei Gao, Shiyun Zhang, Yanli Luo

Location: Zhongshan City, China 

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IKEA Food Packaging

To-go containers for food often rely on plastic, but IKEA Food wanted something they could serve their customers that was also sustainable. IKEA recognizes that disposables make our lives easier—we can enjoy things on the go!—but their new items come from renewable resources and are well on their way to phase out single-use plastics. With “no unnecessary packaging” their guiding principle, designers took a simplistic design to reduce waste, and give each item a smart and straightforward functionality. 

Design agency: BVD Stockholm, Propeller Design 

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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Phymongshe Cosmetic Package

Phymongshe is an aromatherapy brand with the philosophy “slowness and truth,” and its packaging design also reflects their outlook. Small rocks and pebbles are the design inspiration here. Phymongshe believes that, just as pebbles slowly find their own true beauty, humans can also achieve it through a slow and honest approach. Each product looks somewhat similar but has a different shape, and the packaging is something you’ll be happy to leave out in your bathroom because of its simplistic beauty.

Design agency: EDK SPA SOLUTION

Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea

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Environmentally Friendly Household Album Packaging

It’s possible to upcycle and reuse packaging, but this one comes specifically designed to have a second life. Once consumers take out their phones and cables from this packaging, they can then use the boxes as frames for photos to decorate their homes. The design team at Shenzhen Times Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. said, “We hope that this practical home packaging concept can be continued and the single function of the existing packaging can be changed.”

Design agency: Shenzhen Times Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. 

Location: Shenzhen, China 

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Galaxy Note 10 and 10+

Not only does the packaging for the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ eliminate unneeded elements, but the material comes from an eco-friendly pulp. They reduced the number of pieces in the packaging to ten, and the weight has been reduced by over 75 grams—all resulting in energy savings from production to distribution, and eventually to when the consumer discards it.

Design agency: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd., EunKyung Kim, JaeWoong Chung, DuYeong Choi, SaeHee Lee

Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea 

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