Adaptive clothing range by Tommy Hilfiger, an electric flying car, the world’s first compostable pregnancy test and a pocket HIV device: Design Museum, London announces Beazley Designs of the Year nominees.
Image: Image credit: Miami Collage Garage by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood (WORKac)
The Design Museum announces the 76 nominees for the twelfth Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition and awards – revealing the most innovative designs of the last 12 months
Nominees include a meme inspired dress collection by Viktor & Rolf, a data generated proxy address system created to reduce homelessness, the world’s first hands free breast pump, Adidas’s collaboration with designer Ji Won Choi, as worn by Beyoncé, food sharing app OLIO and The Shed’s extendable building in New York.
Image credit: Miami Collage Garage by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood (WORKac)
Accessible designs represent a major theme in this year’s awards, as seen in IKEA’s ThisAbles collection, Tommy Hilfiger’s Adaptiveclothing range and Chromat’s AW19 fashion collection.
Costumes designed by Sandy Powell for Oscar winning title The Favourite and the world’s first silent and hands-free breast pump; the Design Museum in London announces the most international and gender balanced list of contenders to date for the twelfth edition of Beazley Designs of the Year. The annual exhibition and awards comprises of 76 nominations across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators, critics and – for the first time – the general public,the awards showcase the most impactful products and concepts from designers around the world.
Sketches, models, prototypes, videos and photography will be on display for all the nominations to provide a compelling snapshot of the current world of design. To reduce waste, this year’s 3D designer Pernilla Ohrstedt developed the spatial design for the exhibition by reusing elements from the previous exhibition. By cutting holes into the walls of each space visitors can look through to each of the nominated categories, creating connections between the works. The removed material has been recycled to make bespoke plinths. The inspiration for the design came from artworks by the American sculptor Gordon-Matta Clark, who would carve ‘building cuts’ outof the walls of derelict spaces around Manhattan.
The fashion category includes vegan sliders from Rombaut, streetwear for Reebok created by Pyer Moss and Adidas’ Korean inspiredOriginals Collection, worn by Beyoncé. The meme inspired dress collection for Viktor & Rolf is also nominated in the fashion category, along with Chromat’s inclusive and sustainable AW19 collection –which demonstrate a new approach to inclusivity in the sector.
Graphic nominee MOLD, by LinYee Yuan have explored the future of food through a new online platform and magazine which dissects how designers are addressing multiple food crises by working with food design and technology firms. Additional graphic nominees include: Kickstarter book, notamuse which profiles female graphic designers in Europe, anupdated brand identity for the Wolves football team and works fromMona Chalabi, a New York-based data journalist and illustrator. This year’sexhibition also welcomes eight new typefaces for each category of nominations, developed over the last 12 months by 2D exhibition designers Zak Group.
Product nominee CATCH was created to increase early detection of the HIV disease – with a low-cost and pocket-sized device that allows users to self-test for HIV in the privacy of their own home. Another innovative product nominee is silicone cover, MySleeve, which can be mounted on crutch handles to improve grip, comfort and stability. Other entries include the 1-inch Reclaimed Stacking Chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco,made from leftover industrial waste materials, and British designer Bethan Laura Wood, who has created the handmade Super Fake rug collection inspired by diverse rock formations. Designs for women is a prominenttheme in this year’s product nominations, with projects including the Elvie
Pump, the world’s first silent and hands-free breast pump designed to be worn inside a standard nursing bra, and a flushable and biodegradable pregnancy test designed to be discreet by all-female design team Lia.
The transport section highlights designs that improve local services with the
GACHA Self-Driving Shuttle Bus designed by MUJI in collaboration with Finnish company Sensible 4, promoting easy autonomous access to public transport in all weather. Alongside this is JUMP by Uber, an environmentally-friendly fleet of smart electric pedal-assist bikes and scooters rentable through your phone and the CanguRo, a mobility robot assistant that can both carry heavy shopping and transform into a three- wheeled motorcycle.
This year’s focus on accessible design continues in the digital category withwearable virtual assistant AlterEgo, by MIT Media Lab, which silently detects electrical impulses from the skin surface and transmits these to the internal device – assisting those unable to speak out loud to communicate without needing to open their mouth. Additional nominations include Q, theworld’s first genderless voice. Made from real voices, the linguists, technologists and sound designers behind Q aim to challenge gender bias in the artificial intelligence industry. Another innovative digital project isneighbour-to-neighbour food sharing app OLIO, designed by Tessa Clarke and Saasha Celestial-One already used by 1.5 million users in 49 countries to share surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away.
The architecture category features many impactful projects includingProxyAddress by emerging British designer Chris Hildrey, which allows those facing homelessness to access support services by generating eachuser a consistent ‘proxy address’. Also appearing in this section is the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes inspired by the local urban area, expanding and contracting flexible New York arts venue The Shed and a new roof for the ancient souk of Homs in Syria by Ghassan Jansiz for the United Nations Development Programme – built in challenging conditions after the original roof was destroyed by conflict.
A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on Thursday 21 November 2019. Previous winners have included Forensic Architecture for their Counter Investigations Exhibition, Sir David Adjaye OBE for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, London 2012 Olympic Torch by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and Human Organs-on-Chips by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute.
The museum welcomes Beatrice Galilee as the guest curator of this year’sexhibition. Beatrice has previously worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer, and has curated exhibitions and events around the world. Thisyear’s judging panel will be chaired by Paul Thompson, Vice Chancellor ofthe Royal College of Art and previous Design Museum Director to celebratethe museum’s 30th Anniversary.
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