The 76 projects recognized by London's Design Museum’s 8th Design of the Year awards represent the global breadth of design talent, and feature not only top industry names, but unknown rising stars. Announced on Feb. 19, the awards aim to celebrate design that promotes change, enables access, extends current design practices or captures the spirit of the year across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Product, Graphics and Transport.
Desert Courtyard House, Wendell Burnette Architects
International design experts, practitioners and academics are asked to nominate qualifying products, which will be featured in a special exhibition at the Design Museum. A specially selected jury will choose a winner for each category, as well as an overall winner.
House for Trees, Vo Trong Nghia Architects
One Central Park, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Each year the designs provide a look at contemporary concerns in the design world. A theme seen in the 2015 nominations is a desire for new technologies to solve old problems, reflected in projects such as the first lab for 3d printing prosthetic limbs and Google’s self-driving car. Unique combinations of beauty and utility are also prevalent, such as Paul Cocksedge Studio’s Double O bike, Marjan Van Aubel’s phone charging Current Table and a billboard that can improve air quality.
Current Table, Marjan Van Aubel in collaboration with Solaronix
Endgrain, Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay
The jury for the 2015 Design’s of the Year are: artist and Chair Anish Kapoor, sculptor and fashion designer Nicole Farhi, Tom Lloyd of PearsonLloyd and architect and Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design Farshid Moussavi.
Other jury members are forthcoming. The Designs of the Year category winners will be announced on Monday, May 4, 2015. The overall winner will be revealed at an event at the Design Museum on Thursday, June 4.
A full list of the nominees can be found here.
Shelf, Man Machine, Konstatine Grcic
Philharmonic Hall, Barozzi Veiga
Market Hall, MVRDV