The Design Museum is currently holding an exhibition showing works by this year’s Designs of the Year nominees.
This includes the most original and exciting designs from around the world in the last 12 months across 7 categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.
With over 90 nominations, the exhibition includes the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio, The Shard by Renzo Piano, London’s award-wining Exhibition Road designed by Dixon Jones and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition at Barbican and the successful Rain Room by Random International.
Some of the most remarkable prototypes to emerge in the last year include a non-stick ketchup bottle invented by the Varanasi Research Group at MIT, which uses a special edible solution sprayed on the inside of the bottle, Liquiglide, as well as a wheelchair that folds completely flat with its revolutionary collapsing wheels technology.
The interesting Digital Postcard and Player is also on show, wherein the digital postcards each represent a unique track, that can be docked in a Postcard Player. Users can then control the playback of the tracks by pressing buttons printed on the postcards.
The Light Field Camera, designed by Lytro, records the entire light field, instead of a flat 2D image, thus allowing the user to refocus the pictures after they take them.
Key advances in technology are also recognised in the nominations, with the 3D printer Replicator 2, which is the easiest, fastest and most affordable tool for making professional quality models at home.
Another thrilling apparatus is the 3D Printed Exoskeleton Magic Arms, which has helped a girl suffering with arthrogryposis to regain mobility.
Within the product category can be found Frederic Malle Travel Sprays designed by Pierre Hardy, Flyknit Trainers by Nike and Colour Porcelain designed by Scholten & Baijings/1616 Arita Japan.
The Gentlewoman #6 by Veronica Ditting and Jop van Bennekom, whose cover star was legend of the stage and screen Angela Lansbury is nominated, as well as the Zumtobel Annual Report designed by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor, and DEKHO: Conversations on Design with India by CoDesign.
Many fashion brands are also celebrated in this exhibition, such as the Louis Vuitton collection by Yayoi Kusama, the Prada S/S12 collection by Miuccia Prada, the Anna Karenina Costumes by Jacqueline Durran and the Proenza Schouler A/W12 collection by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. The A/W12 collection by Craig Green plays with the ideas of utility and function, with large wooden structure having connotations of religious pilgrimage.
As Deyan Sudjic, Director of Design Museum, sums it up “Designs of the year offers a unique chance for visitors to see where the world of design is going, all in one room”.
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