The London Design Museum’s annual awards and exhibition is back: the Beazley Designs of the Year. This is an exhibition that showcases the latest and best in innovative architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport; as the museum says – someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.
The exhibition is now in its ninth year and has become highly regarded for its celebration of design that is clever, creative and addresses the many cultural and societal issues that people around the world currently face.
Among the nominees of Design of the Year for architecture are Granby Workshop – an ongoing collaboration between design collective Assemble and Liverpool’s Granby residents to rebuild the neighbourhood – Better Shelter, a more dignified home for those people displaced from their own, and Milan’s Fondazione Prada – a transformed distillery showcasing the latest in culture.
In the fashion category is Craig Green’s SS15 collection, a group of eight-year-old children giving an unfiltered viewpoint on fashion advertising and its role in gender inequality, and Richard Malone’s SS16 collection that reimagines the traditional workwear uniform.
Other featured designs include a pictorial first aid kit for refugees arriving at refugee camps, a GPS-connected compass for cyclists and a range of furniture that combines Italian craftsmanship with open-source electronics.
Previous winners of Design of the Year include Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama campaign poster, the Olympic torch by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects. The Beazley Designs of the Year will run from 24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017 at the Design Museum in London; click here for more information.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images by Luke Hayes, courtesy of the Design Museum