Designs of the Year nominees unveiled

The London Design Museum’s annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best designs returns for its ninth instalment.

The awards, sponsored by Beazley, feature a range of nominees across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport.

This year’s architecture nominees include the recently completed Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron and the much-celebrated Prada Foundation in Milan by Rem Koolhaus/OMA.

Another nominee is the designer of the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who is in contention with his Via 57 West ‘courtscraper’ in New York, a pyramid-shaped residential building in Manhattan.

MAD Architects’ fluid and organic Harbin Opera House and Wayne Hemmingway’s redesign of Dreamland in Margate have also been included.

From coffee cup for astronauts to 3D-printed shoes

An Augment Reality experience which places the viewer into the body of an animal, an open-source robot surgeon and MTV’s commemoration for Martin Luther King Day form just some of 11 Digital nominations.

In the Fashion shortlist, Children v Fashion provides an interesting insight into the fashion world through the eyes of a child as they review fashion photography and video footage to reveal gender imbalance and the potential harmful impact of the advertising.

The Graphics nominees include the Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign and a secret collective of Malaysian graphic designs pushing for government reform.

The Product shortlist compiles an eclectic list including a coffee cup for astronauts, the new Super 8 camera by Kodak and Yves Behar and a pair of 3D printed trainers by Adidas created from recycled fishing nets.

Refugee crisis

The refugee crisis has given rise to a number of innovative solutions. A flat-pack refugee shelter designed by IKEA Foundation; an online experience providing a first-hand insight into the daily lives of refugees in Domiz Syrian and an icon-based communication design to illustrate first aid kits are spread across the award categories.


Previous winners have included the 2012 Olympic Torch, the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid and last year the accolade was awarded to Human Organs-on-Chips, a micro device lined with living human cells to mimic the complex tissues structures of the human body.

A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on 26 January 2017.

Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display from 24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017 at Design Museum.