Designs of the Year 2012

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DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2012

The Olympic Torch, the Royal Wedding Dress and a wind-propelled Landmine Detonator – the 2012 Designs of the Year are announced.

The Design Museum, London, has announced the longlist for the fifth annual Designs of the Year Awards. Showcasing a year in design, the 2012 longlist is a celebration of the best in global designs.

Osso, Paris - Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Osso, Paris – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Industry experts have nominated innovative and engaging designs across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. The longlist covers an eclectic mix of designs including the Olympic Torch 2012 for London, designed by Barber Osgerby, the Duchess of Cambridge’s Wedding Dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and a wind-propelled Landmine Detonator which cost $40 to produce.

Nominations also include the Kinect for Xbox 360, the first ever Virtual Tesco Store, the Olympic 2012 Velodrome and a pop-up cinema (Folly for a Flyover) in Hackney, East London. Yves Béhar winner of the inaugural Design of the Year in 2008 for his One Laptop per Child, continues his run of being nominated in each year since the awards inception, this year Béhar is nominated for his JAMBOX wireless music speaker.

Moon Rock Tables - Bethan Laura Wood

Moon Rock Tables – Bethan Laura Wood

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.

From this comprehensive list of nominations, a prestigious 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 held at the Design Museum on 24 April.

Exhibition curator Ria Hawthorn comments ‘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’.

Designs of the Year 2012 exhibition runs 8 February – 15 July, Design Museum, London

2012 NOMINATIONS:

ARCHITECTURE

Folly for a Flyover, London - Assemble CIC

Folly for a Flyover, London – Assemble CIC

Butaro Hospital, Butaro, Rwanda – MASS Design Group
Folly for a Flyover, London – Assemble CIC
Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China – Zaha Hadid Architects
Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield – David Chipperfield Architects
Home for Senior Citizens, Huise-Zingem, Belgium – Sergison Bates Architects LLP
Maggies Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow – OMA
National Park of Mali Buildings, Bamako, Mali – Diébédo Francis Kéré of Kéré Architecture
Moses Bridge, Fort de Roovere, Netherlands – RO&AD Architects
Olympic 2012 Velodrome, London – UK Hopkins Architects
Spaceport America, New Mexico – Foster + Partners
The Iron Market, Port-au-Prince, Haiti – John McAslan + Partners
Youth Factory Mérida, Spain – Selgascano, Gestaltskate and Jarex

DIGITAL

BBC Homepage Version 4 – BBC
Beck’s Green Box project – Beck’s
Face Substitution, New York – Arturo Castro and Kyle McDonald
Guardian iPad edition – UK Guardian News and Media in consultation with Mark Porter High Arctic
National Maritime Museum, London, – United Visual Artists
Homeplus Tesco Virtual Store, Seoul, South Korea – Homeplus Tesco
Letter to Jane, Portland, USA – Tim Moore
Microsoft Kinect and Kinect SDK Microsoft Games Studios, Microsoft Research and Xbox, UK and USA
Musicity, London, – Concept by Nick Luscombe and Simon Jordan and designed by Jump Studios
The Stanley Parable, California, – Written and created by Davey Wreden
Suwappu, London, – Dentsu London,  in consultation with BERG

FASHION

Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Africa Collection, Autumn/Winter ’11

Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Africa Collection, Autumn/Winter ’11

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum, New York – Andrew Bolton with the support of Harold Koda of The Costume Institute, New York
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Wedding Dress, London – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Céline Autumn/Winter ’11, Paris – Phoebe Philo at Céline
Late Night Chameleon Café, London, UK Store design: Gary Card, Creative director: John Skelton, Brand director: Dan Mitchell
Mary Katrantzou Autumn/Winter ‘11, London – Mary Katrantzou
Melissa + Gaetano Pesce Boot and Flip Flip, New York – Gaetano Pesce, Manufactured by Melissa, Brazil
Oratory Jacket, London – Will Carleysmith, Head of Design at Brompton Bicycle Ltd
Suno Spring/Summer ‘11, New York – Suno
Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Africa Collection, Autumn/Winter ’11 – Vivienne Westwood, London
132.5, Tokyo, Japan – Miyake Design Studio

FURNITURE

The Crates, Beijing - Naihan Li & Co

The Crates, Beijing – Naihan Li & Co

Balsa Furniture, London – Kihyun Kim
Chassis, Munich – Stefan Diez
The Crates, Beijing – Naihan Li & Co
Earthquake Proof Table, Jerusalem – Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno
Harbour Chair, London – André Klauser and Ed Carpenter
Hemp Chair, Berlin – Studio Aisslinger
Lightwood, London – Jasper Morrison
Moon Rock Tables, London – Bethan Laura Wood
Not So Expanded Polystyrene (NSEPS) , London – Attua Aparicio & Oscar Wanless at SILO
Oak Inside, Rotterdam – Christien Meindertsma
Osso, Paris – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Textile Field at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, fabric by Kvadrat
Tip Ton, London – Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Waver, Munich – Konstantin Grcic
XXXX_Sofa, Eindhoven – Yuya Ushida

GRAPHICS

AA Files, London – John Morgan Studio
Beauty is in the Street, London – Four Corners Books, Cover designed by John Morgan Book interior designed by Pierre Le Hors
Bloomberg Businessweek, New York – Bloomberg Businessweek
The Comedy Carpet, Blackpool – Why Not Associates
Cover artwork and video for Join Us by They Might Be Giants, New York – Paul Sahre
Cut it Out, London – Noma Bar
Matthew Hilton identity and website, London – Spin
Nokia Pure Font, London, UK Dalton Maag
One Thousand Cranes for Japan – Concept by Anomaly and Unit 9, London
Photo-Lettering, Yorklyn, USA – House Industries
Promotional sample book for GF Smith, London – SEA Design
Stockmann packaging, Helskinki – Kokoro & Moi
Self Service Editor-in-chief: Ezra Petronio What Design Can Do! , Amsterdam – De Designpolitie
Your Browser Sent A Request That This Server Could Not Understand, Rotterdam – Koen Taselaar

PRODUCT

Olympic Torch 2012, London - Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Olympic Torch 2012, London – Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Olympic Torch 2012, London – Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby[/caption]

Ascent, London – Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
A-frame and Corbs – Ron Arad
Botanica, Eindhoven – Studio Formafantasma
Carbon Black Wheelchair – Andrew Slorance
Defibtech Lifeline VIEW™ Automated External Defibrillator (AED), LLC Guilford, USA – Defibtech
Heracleum, Schiedam, Netherlands – Studio Bertjan Pot
Hövding Invisible Cycle Helmet – Hövding
Jawbone JAMBOX, San Francisco – Yves Béhar, Fuseproject
The Learning Thermostat, USA – Nest, Palo Alto
Mine Kafon, Eindhoven – Massoud Hassani
Olympic Torch 2012, London – Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Orb-it Black and Decker Shade, London – Simon Heijdens
Solar Sinter, London – Markus Kayser Studio
Thixotrope, London – Conny Freyer, Sebastien Noel and Eva Rucki of Troika
TMA-1 Headphones KIBiSi
Totem, London – Bethan Laura Wood in collaboration with Pietro Viero

White Collection, Finland – Ville Kokkonen

TRANSPORT

787 Dreamliner – Boeing
Autolib’ 3000, Paris – Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, France
Bike Hanger – Bicycle Storage, New York – Manifesto Architecture
Mia Electric Car – Mia Electric
Re-design for Emergency Ambulance, London – Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Vehicle Design Department, Royal College of Art
T27 Electric Car, Surrey – Gordon Murray Design
Taurus Electro G4 – Pipistrel doo Ajdovscina

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China - Zaha Hadid Architects

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China – Zaha Hadid Architects

Moses Footbridge - RO&AD Architecten

Moses Footbridge – RO&AD Architecten

Spaceport America, New Mexico - Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Spaceport America, New Mexico – Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

They Might Be Giants -  Life-Size Paper Monster Hearse - Paul Sahre

They Might Be Giants – Life-Size Paper Monster Hearse – Paul Sahre

Featured image: Mine Kafon, Eindhoven – Massoud Hassani

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