The Florence, Italy-based AmniosyA collective took home the honor of being named i.materialise's very first designer of the year.

"Today, as 3D printing is growing in popularity, I must admit that some of the freshness and innovativeness is disappearing, but not with AmniosyA," i.materialise CEO Fried Vancraen said. "This design collective has some outstanding designs. With their lamp, 'Levity', they still elevate concepts resulting in a new design language, and also their accessories escape from the ordinary themes."

The five-person collective's Web site describes its work as, "Coming from the crucial vision of architecture, whose references are compositional hybrids, intrigued with details, figures, and organic forms, the studio works with a deliberate intent of developing new expressions out of academic systems and redirecting towards creative atmospheres and dynamism."

As first place winners, the collective gets a $265 i.materialise 3D printing voucher, an Instructables Pro account for a year, an Autodesk 123D Premium Membership for a year, a 1-year subscription to MAKE Magazine, MAKE's Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, and a 'Getting Started with Arduino' kit.

Copenhagen, Denmark-based designer Will du Toit and Ghent, Belgium's Isaie Bloch finished out the list of top three finalists for the award.

Based in Leuven, Belgium, i.materialise is an online 3D printing service "for all people with an eye for design and a head full of ideas."

The contest, which was announced back in August, was judged by Vancraen, Autodesk's Maker Advocate Jesse Harrington, Eric Weinhoffer, product development engineer at MAKE and Alain Gilles, Designer of the Year 2012 at International Design Biennale in Belgium.