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The Design Museum’s Nominees for Beazley Designs of the Year

SEEN is pleased to bring you news of the Beazley Designs of the Year, which will form part of the opening programme of exhibitions at the Design Museum's spectacular new home on Kensington High Street on 24th November. With over 70 nominations, the exhibition celebrates the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today.

SEEN is pleased to bring you news of the Beazley Designs of the Year, which will form part of the opening programme of exhibitions at the Design Museum‘s spectacular new home on Kensington High Street on 24th November. With over 70 nominations, the exhibition celebrates the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today.

A coffee cup for astronauts, the David Bowie Blackstar album cover and a sexual health testing kit are among the contenders for the ninth annual Designs of the Year. The annual exhibition and awards has acquired a new title sponsor this year; specialist insurer Beazley, as part of an on-going five-year partnership.

This year’s 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, both included in the Architecture category. The SH:24 online STI testing kit and This War of Mine videogame are nominated in Digital; whilst a drinkable book makes it onto Product shortlist.

Tate Modern
Tate Modern Switch House
Fondazione Prada, Photograph by Bas Princen, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada
Fondazione Prada, Photograph by Bas Princen, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada

The refugee crisis has given rise to a number of innovative solutions and aids tackling this global issue that are included in the 2016 shortlist. A flat-pack refugee shelter designed by IKEA Foundation; an online experience providing a first-hand insight into the daily lives of refugees, and an icon-based communication design to illustrate first aid kits for refugees.

In the Architecture category, 2016 Serpentine Pavilion designer Bjarke Ingels has been selected for his Via 57 West ‘courtscraper‘ in New York, which combines two well-established building typologies in one structure. MAD Architects’ fluid and organic Harbin Opera House and Wayne Hemingway’s redesign of Dreamland in Margate have also been included.

VIA 57 West. Photo by Nic Lehoux
VIA 57 West. Photo by Nic Lehoux
Grand Theater Lobby The Grand Stair combines digital fabrication with traditional, local craftsmanship. Ph. Hufton + Crow
Grand Theater Lobby The Grand Stair combines digital fabrication with traditional, local craftsmanship. Ph. Hufton + Crow
Man-made 'cliff' along the motorway, visible to passing traffic. Photo by Iwan Baan
Man-made ‘cliff’ along the motorway, visible to passing traffic. Photo by Iwan Baan
Better Shelter unit. Photo by Jonas Nyström
Better Shelter unit. Photo by Jonas Nyström
Exterior photograph. Photo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Exterior photograph. Photo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

The Digital category has produced a diverse and potentially life-changing list of projects: Casa Jasmina combines the physical with the digital, as a completely digital living experience is placed within the confines of a physical home; 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 are among the 11 Digital nominations.

Casa Jasmina
Casa Jasmina
Working with the machines. Photo by Dave Hakkens
Working with the machines. Photo by Dave Hakkens
In the Eyes of the Animal
In the Eyes of the Animal
Photo by Kousuke Takahashi
Photo by Kousuke Takahashi

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 potentially harmful impact of the advertising that we are exposed on a daily basis. Other nominees include Craig Green, Agi and Sam, and Richard Malone.

Still from the video Kids vs. Fashion. Photo by Yolanda Dominguez
Still from the video Kids vs. Fashion. Photo by Yolanda Dominguez
Spring Summer 2016, Knitted twist hem dress and trousers.Photo by Chris Yates.
Spring Summer 2016, Knitted twist hem dress and trousers.Photo by Chris Yates.

The Graphics nominees include the redesign for the Norwegian Passport, the latest Channel 4 identity by Neville Brody, the Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign and a secret collective of Malaysian graphic designs pushing for government reform. The Product shortlist is an eclectic one with 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.

seen london Channel 4 Rebrand
Channel 4 Rebrand
Shanghai metro station featuring World Gallery display. Ph by TBWAMedia Arts Lab, Apple
Shanghai metro station featuring World Gallery display. Ph by TBWAMedia Arts Lab, Apple
SH:24
SH:24
Create your own unique knitwear in just a few clicks. Unmade will knit it for you on demand in central London. Photo by Sasha Zyryaev
Photo by Sasha Zyryaev

The Transport list completes the six categories and includes a digital compass for bicycles; a crowdfunded bicycle helmet and a new communal electronic scooter system in Taipei.

BeeLine device shot photo by Petr Krejci
BeeLine device shot photo by Petr Krejci
Biomega OKO e-bike
Biomega OKO e-bike
Gogoro Smartscooter. Photo by Gogoro
Gogoro Smartscooter. Photo by Gogoro
Lumos Helmet - Left Turn Signal. Photo by Max Wagenblass
Lumos Helmet – Left Turn Signal. Photo by Max Wagenblass

Sketches, models, physical pieces and photography will be on display for all nominations and will provide a snapshot into the exciting world of design for visitors. Combining the world’s most established talent alongside graduates and rising stars, Beazley Designs of the Year provides a rare moment to experience a diverse selection of industries, objects and technologies in one exhibition.

A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on 26th January 2017. 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 microdevice lined with living human cells to mimic the complex tissues structures of the human body.

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

£10 adult, £7.50 student/concession
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