Today the London Design Museum opens the doors to its 6th edition of Designs of the Year, where the contenders to win the 2013 prize will be on display from the 20th March till 7th July 2013.
Galaxy Soho, Beijing, by Zaha Hadid. Photo Hufton and Crow
The over 90 nominations include the best designs of the last 12 months within Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport, selected by practicing architects and designers, academics and design tutors, journalists and writers plus curators from other museums and institutions from around the world.
A-Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bourellec for Hay
This year’s nominations are a mix of accomplished personalities such as Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick and less known but promising designers. As Pete Collard (curator of Design Museum) says, “Designs of the Year creates a platform and an opportunity for young designers to be recognised and displayed alongside established design names. Previous winners such as the Folding Plug and the Plumen light bulb have seen prototypes and original ideas become mass manufactured consumer goods sold throughout the world.”
Digital postcard and player by Uniform
The main theme that comes out from the list of nominees is the idea of do-it-yourself designing and making, probably due to the advances in technology of the 3D printer and the possibility of manufacturing one’s own design at home.
The category winners and the overall winner will be announced on the 17th April 2013.
Donky Bicycle by Ben Wilson. Photo John Selby
Faceture vases by Phil Cuttance. Photo Petr Krecji
Future Primitives by Muller Van Severen
Little printer by Berg
Rain Room by Random International
Re-Imagined chairs by Studiomama
Surface Tension Lamp by Front
The Shard, London by Renzo Piano