The Design Museum announced the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year. They include the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.
Selected by a panel of distinguished nominators, the awards compile the most original and exciting designs, prototypes and designers in the world today – brought together in a Design Museum exhibition from 20 March – 7 July 2013. Consisting of over 90 nominations, here is the overwiew of some of those projects:
SUPERKILEN – Designed by BIG, Topotek1 & Superflex
SUPERKILEN is a kilometre-long park situated through an area just north of Copenhagen's city centre, considered one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in the Danish capital. Photo: Iwan Baan.
THE SHARD, LONDON – Designed by Renzo Piano
The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, transforming the London skyline, the multi-use 310m vertical structure consists of offices, world-renowned restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, exclusive residential apartments and the capital's highest viewing gallery.
GALAXY SOHO, BEIJING by Zaha Hadid
Five continuous, flowing volumes coalesce to create an internal world of continuous open spaces within the Galaxy Soho building – a new office, retail and entertainment complex devoid of corners to create an immersive, enveloping experience in the heart of Beijing. Photo: Iwan Baan.
BOOK MOUNTAIN, SPIJKENISSE – Designed by MVRDV
This mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and a pyramid roof with a total surface area of 9,300 sq m. Corridors and platforms bordering the form are accessed by a network of stairs to allow visitors to browse the tiers of shelves. Photo: J. Musch.
A room for London
Perched above Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, the boat-shaped one bedroom installation offers guests a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic surrounding its iconic location. Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner. Photo: Charles Hosea.
Medici chair by K. Grcic for Mattiazzi
Three types of wood, thermo treated ash; walnut and douglas, are joined at irregular angles, resulting in a comfortably reclined seat. Icon Magazine Furniture Design of the Year Award (2012)..
A-collection by the Bouroullecs for Hay
Fabricated from oak and beech, the motivation for the series was an old wooden university trestle chair by architect Berndt Pedersen.
RE-IMAGINED CHAIRS by Studiomama
Re-imagined Chairs by London-based Studiomama is a project born out of questioning resourcefulness and attitudes towards waste. It builds on the interests in expediency and re-using the existing, and speaks of the ability to see the potential in the unwanted, by encouraging users to re-look at unwanted furniture.
The Sea chair by Studio Swine & Kieren Jones
The ‘Sea Chair’ is made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans. In collaboration with Kieren Jones, Studio Swine has created devices to collect and develop marine debris into a series of stools.
The Paper chair by Pinwu
The shell is made from irregularly shaped rice paper sheets, and the shape echoes the classic Chinese horseshoe-back armchair.
GRAVITY STOOL by Jolan Van Der Wiel
J. Van Der Wiel developed a 'magnet machine', whereby he positions magnetic fields above and below a container of polarized material containing metal shavings. In order to form and determine the shapes of his furniture pieces, the hanging units are pulled down and then released, in which the substance follows, drawn upwards by magnetic force, letting gravity determine the shape of the stool.
Future Primitives by Muller Van Severen
This collection of shelving units, in various heights and configurations, include deckchair shaped seating inserted into their frames, as well as standing and hanging lamps and separate chairs and loungers.
ENGINEERING TEMPORALITY by Studio Markunpoika
FLYKNIT TRAINERS by Nike
Exceptionally lightweight, the Nike Flyknit Trainer features Nike’s Flyknit technology for structure, support and a precision fit that creates the feeling of a second skin. The one-piece knitted form features areas of stretch, breathability and support exactly where the runner needs it.
LITTLE PRINTER by Berg
Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from your friends. Use your smart phone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely and beautiful miniature newspaper.
PAPA FOXTROT TOYS by PostlerFerguson
Papa Foxtrot Toys - this is the new toy brand from London-based design studio PostlerFerguson. The studio’s Wooden Giants series comprises of models of the Emma Maersk, Arctic Princess and TI Asia, three of the largest cargo ships in the world.
MAGIC ARMS by duPont Hospital for Children
Magic Arms - It gives kids with muscle weakness much better movement and the ability to lift objects but was too heavy to use on a younger or smaller child. They figured out a wearable plastic jacket could be 3D printed to offer the same aid as WREX but in a mobile form that a child weighing only 25 pounds could wear.
LITTLE SUN by Olafur Eliasson
Developed over the last two years, Little Sun is a work of art that brings solar-powered light to off-grid areas of the world
TEKIO by Anthony Dickens
Teiko is a prototype modular lighting system inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chōchin’ paper lanterns. Tekio, the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’, can adapt to any interior and its ability to transform spaces is only limited by your imagination to change its shape and style.
DONKY BICYCLE by Ben Wilson
The steel beam running through this compact bicycle by British industrial designer Ben Wilson means it can carry heavy loads on its front and rear platforms. Photo: John Selby.
MANDO FOOTLOOSE CHAINLESS BICYCLE
This bike totally eliminates the chain and transforms the cyclist's efforts directly into electricity to drive the wheels. This energy is then stored in a lithium-ion battery inside the bike frame, before it is converted back into kinetic energy by an electric motor which drives the rear wheel. Designed by Mark Sanders.
MORPH FOLDING WHEEL by Vitamins Design/Maddak Inc.
For the first time the wheels on a wheelchair are able to fold flat and fit in storage compartments of airplanes and small cars. When folded, this wheel takes up only 12 litres of space, compared with 22 litres when it is circular and in use. The wheel has been developed with support from the Royal College of Art, the Wingate Foundation and the James Dyson Foundation.
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
Called 'the Empress of fashion’, Diana Vreeland’s (1903-1989) impact on fashion and style in her time was legendary. With 350 illustrations, including many famous photographs by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and other major fashion photographers, this film shows fashion as it was being invented. Directed by Lisa Immordino.
A/W12 WOMENSWEAR by Giles Deacon
Made up of a number of gowns, each with their own intricate mood, Deacon combines ideas of death with the exuberance and decadence of life. Flowing skirts and tight restricted arms meet layers of what looks like torn ribbons of silk, built up into floor length dresses.
ANNA KARENINA COSTUMES by Jacqueline Durran
Two million dollars’ worth of Chanel diamonds and vintage Balenciagainspired dresses are just a few of the finishing touches costume designer Jacqueline Durran dreamt up for Keira Knightley’s fur-wrapped character in Joe Wright’s 2012 film adaptation of the 1877 Tolstoy novel.
BAUHAUS: ART AS LIFE EXHIBITION
Situated in the Barbican Art Gallery, Bauhaus: Art as Life was the largest UK exhibition, to date, focusing on the iconic art school. Designed by A Practice For Everyday Life.
Graphically, the design is informed by an awareness of the Bauhaus’ own principles of colour, structure and typography – painted walls and bold panels draw together objects, themes and ideas, and the typeface used throughout is a contemporary revival of the letterpress typeface used within the Bauhaus itself.
OCCUPIED TIMES OF LONDON
The Occupied Times of London is designed by Tzortzis Rallis and Lazaros Kakoulidis who used Barnbrook's VirusFonts typeface for the large intro caps to their features and then PF Din Mono, designed by Panos Vassiliou as the main body copy face.
MADE IN LOS ANGELES: WORK BY COLBY POSTER PRINTING CO.
Graphic artist Anthony Burrill raided the Colby archive to create a vibrant set of prints, revisiting the very best of their past work.
GOV.UK WEBSITE by Government Digital Service
The new Gov.uk website aims to combine all the UK Government’s websites into a single site. The project could save the public £50 million a year by building a platform to make web publishing simpler for government and delivering more services online.
LIGHT FIELD CAMERA by Lytro
The Lytro Light Field Camera is the first consumer camera that records the entire light field, instead of a flat 2D image. By capturing the entire light field, it allows the user to refocus the pictures after they take them.
The exhibition featuring all the nominations will open 20 March 2013 with
the winners from each category and one overall winner to be announced in
April. Last year the prestigious award was won by design studio BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.
London 2012 Olympic Torch was designed by studio BarberOsgerby. Photo: Sandro Sodana.