The Design Museum 2012 Designs of the Year

The Design Museum has announced its longlist for the fifth annual Designs of the Year Awards.

Showcasing a year in design, the nominations are a celebration of the best in global designs. Industry experts have nominated innovative and engaging designs across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

It covers an eclectic mix of designs including the Olympic Torch 2012 for London, designed by Barber Osgerby, the first ever Virtual Tesco Store, the Olympic 2012 Velodrome and a pop-up cinema (Folly for a Flyover) in Hackney, East London.

Bethan Laura Wood, a previous Designer in Residence at the Design Museum, receives her first two nominations in this year’s awards, her Totem Chandelier and Moon Rock tables, both of which were showcased at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in 2011 are nominated in the Product and Furniture category.

All of the nominations will be on show at the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum from February 8– July 15. From this list, a jury will select the seven category winners and an overall winner for the Design of the Year 2012. The winners will be announced at an Awards Night on April 24.

“From the everyday practicality of a carefully crafted dining chair to the thought-provoking solar powered 3D printing machine that points to the future, this year’s nominees reflect the diversity of design in all its forms, showcasing designs that will have an impact on our everyday and future lives,” said  Ria Hawthorn, exhibition curator.

The architecture longlist includes; Butaro Hospital, Butaro, Rwanda, MASS Design Group; Folly for a Flyover, London, UK, Assemble CIC; Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China, Zaha Hadid Architects; Olympic 2012 Velodrome, London, UK , Hopkins Architects; Spaceport America, New Mexico Foster + Partners; The Iron Market, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, John McAslan + Partners.

The furniture design longlist includes; Balsa Furniture, London, UK, Kihyun Kim; Chassis, Munich, Germany, Stefan Diez; The Crates, Beijing, China, Naihan Li & Co; Harbour Chair, London, UK, André Klauser and Ed Carpenter and Hemp Chair, Berlin, Germany, Studio Aisslinger.


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