Design Museum’s Shortlist for Designs of the Year 2013

Zumtobel Annual Report, Designed by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor

The Design Museum London has announced the 2013 nominations for the Designs of the Year. Highlights include a number of designs that set new directions and trends and others that reflect our concerns for the state of the world present and future; dealing with increasing poverty, disaster accommodation, pollution and extreme climate events.

The Shard, Designed by Renzo Piano

The Shard, Designed by Renzo Piano

Nominations this year include the Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick, The Shard by Renzo Piano and the Little Printer by BERG. We are also impressed to see generic cigarette packaging from Australia, designed to reduce smoking, making the graphics list .

Categories include architecture, product, furniture, fashion, graphic, digital, and transport design. All shortlisted projects will be on show at the Design Museum of London from 20 March to 7 July 2013 and winners from each category as well as the overall winner will be announced in April.


La Tour Bois-Le-Pretre, Paris – Designed by Druot, Lacaton and Vassal. This striking transformation of a run-down tower in northern Paris creates an alternative approach to decaying post-war housing.

Clapham Library, London – Designed by Studio Egret West holds more than 20,000 books and provides space for local community groups, private apartments and affordable homes.

MOCA, Cleveland, Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architects

MOCA, Cleveland, Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architects

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Cleveland – Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architects is a structure 44 percent larger than it’s former space and is both environmentally and fiscally sustainable.

Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast – Designed by Hackett Hall McKnight is wedged between two buildings creating a beacon above the surrounding rooftops.

A Room For London – Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner is a boat-shaped one bedroom installation balanced above Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Kukje Art Center, Seoul – Designed by SO-IL, a single-storey building draped with a stainless steel mesh blanket that fits precisely over its structure.

Ikea Disobedients – Designed by Andrés Jaque Arquitectos is an architectural performance by Madrid-based Andrés Jaque Arquitectos as part of the 9+1 Ways of Being Political exhibition.

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Designed by MVRDV, Photographer Jeroen Musch

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Designed by MVRDV, Photographer Jeroen Musch

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse – Designed by MVRDV. A mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure with a network of stairs to allow visitors to browse the tiers of shelves. The reading room and cafe at the peak afford panoramic views.

The Shard, London – Designed by Renzo Piano is Western Europe’s tallest building. It houses offices, world-renowned restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, exclusive residential apartments and the capital’s highest viewing gallery.

Thalia Theatre, Lisbon – Designed by Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos & Barbas Lopes Arquitectos reconverts the Thalia Theatre for conferences, exhibitions and events. The old walls,are externally encased in concrete, while the interior retains the original.

Astley Castle, Warwickshire, Desigend by Witherford Watson Mann

Astley Castle, Warwickshire, Desigend by Witherford Watson Mann

Astley Castle, Warwickshire – Designed by Witherford Watson Mann is a sensitive renewal of a castle in rural Warwickshire where the ancient forms a container for the new interior spaces.

Museum Of Innocence, Istanbul – Designed by Orhan Pamuk with Ihsan Bilgin, Cem Yucel and Gregor Sunder Plassmann is the physical manifestation of the museum in the book, Museum of Innocence.

Home for All – Designed by Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto, Kumiko Inui and Toyo Ito, presented at the Venice 2012 Architecture Biennale, offered housing solutions by those struck by the Japan earthquake in 2011.

T-Site, Tokyo – Designed by Klein Dytham is a campus-like complex for Tsutaya in Daikanyama. It defines a new vision for the future of retailing.

Galaxy Soho, Beijing – Designed by Zaha Hadid is an office, retail and entertainment complex devoid of corners. The flowing volumes creates continuous open spaces in the heart of Beijing.

Superkilen, Nørrebro – Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex is a kilometre-long park situated in one of the most ethnically diverse areas just north of Copenhagen’s city centre.

Four Freedoms Park, New York – Designed by Louis Kahn was announced in the late 1960s to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential area. Louis Kahn finished his work but died unexpectedly as the City of New York approached bankruptcy. On March 29, 2010, 38 years after its announcement, construction of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park began.


Rain Room – Designed by Random International is their most ambitious installation. The falling droplets respond to the presence and movement of the visitors to keep them dry.

The Superstitious Fund Project – Designed by Shing Tat Chung maps the correlation between superstitions and financial gain or loss around the world.

Raspberry Pi Computer – Designed by Eben Upton is an affordable and powerful computer. The design is desirable to children who might not initially be interested in a purely programming-oriented device.

English Hedgerow Plate – Designed by Andrew Tanner and Unanico for Royal Winton British ceramic plate interfaces with the application developed by Jason Jameson and James Hall of Unanico group to view an animated world.

Digital Postcard And Player – Designed by Uniform is a low cost method of distributing digital tracks. Each postcard represents a single track that plays when docked in a Postcard Player and can be controlled with buttons printed on the postcards.

Windows Phone 8 – Designed by Microsoft is the second generation of phones from Microsoft and integrates mobile use with excellent Microsoft office functionality. Website – Designed by Government Digital Service aims to combine all the UK Government’s websites into a single site. The project could save the public £50 million a year.

Zombies, Run! APP, Designed by Six to Start

Zombies, Run! APP, Designed by Six to Start

Zombies, Run! App – Designed by Six to Start is an interactive running game that guides you through zombie-apocalypse-themed missions. The application is capable of recording the distance, time, pace, and amount of calories burned per running mission via GPS.

Free Universal Construction Kit – Designed by Free Art and Technology Lab is an online matrix of 3D printed adapter bricks that can enable the creation of previously impossible designs.

Wind Map – Designed by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Bertini Viegas. The Wind Map shows the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US to signify different speeds and directions.

Candles In The Wind – Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer uses modern LED technology to recreate the experience of light from a candle. The minimal design is a bare circuit board featuring the latest in micro-processor technology paired with 256 high quality leds to evoke the natural flow and flicker of a candle.

Chirp – Designed by Patrick Bergel is a new way to share from your phone using sound. It enables you to share photos, webpages, and contacts all from your phones built-in speaker.

Dashilar App – Designed by Nippon Design Centre Inc. is an iphone app that gives a detailed view of the district of Dashilar, Beijing.

City Tracking pt2 – Designed by Stamen as part of a grant from Knight News Foundation, Stamen released original map designs of the world in three original styles: Toner, Watercolor and Terrain.

Light Field Camera – Designed by Lytro is the first consumer camera that records the entire light field, instead of a flat 2D image. By capturing the entire light field, it allows the user to refocus the pictures after they take them.


Anna Karenina Costumes – Designed by Jacqueline Durran. Two million dollars’ worth of Chanel diamonds and vintage Balenciaga-inspired dresses are just a few of the finishing touches costume designer Jacqueline Durran dreamt up for Keira Knightley’s fur-wrapped character in Joe Wright’s 2012 film adaptation of the 1877 Tolstoy novel.

A/W12 Womenswear – Designed by Giles Deacon combines ideas of death with the exuberance and decadence of life. Flowing skirts and tight restricted arms meet layers of what looks like torn ribbons of silk, built up into floor length dresses.

Louis Vuitton Collection – Designed by Yayoi Kusama is a bold and playful collection featuring the artist’s signature. Spots cover every item. The range is the house’s most significant artist collaboration since it teamed up with Stephen Sprouse in 2001.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel – Directed by Lisa Immordino. Called ‘the Empress of fashion’, Diana Vreeland’s (1903-1989) impact on fashion and style in her time was legendary. With 350 illustrations, including many famous photographs by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and other major fashion photographers, this film shows fashion as it was being invented.

I Want Muscle – Directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock is a witty, glamorous, personal 2 minute portrait of female body-builder Kizzy Vaines. Focusing on the attitudes of others to the idea of female body building and the compulsion to push the body to extremes.

AW12 Collection, Designed by Craig Green

AW12 Collection, Designed by Craig Green

AW12 Collection – Designed by Craig Green plays with the ideas of utility and function and large wooden structures in this collection. Inspired by luggage carriers, the huge structures dwarf the models and create abstract, almost menacing silhouettes. Each colour outfit has an exact replica outfit in black, which walks behind it as a ‘shadow’ on the catwalk.

Commes De Garcons RTW A/W12 – Designed by Rei Kawakubo plays with the idea of 2D shapes, in this collection. Large and flat, the pieces integrate elegant and simplistic curves in bright reds and pinks.

Christian Dior RTW S/S13 – Designed by Raf Simons. In his first collection for Dior he explored the ideas of sex and freedom combining minimalism with sensuality and silhouette exploration.

Prada S/S12 RTW Collection – Designed by Miuccia Prada is influenced by the Chevrolet and 1950s style.

Proenza Schouler A/W12 Collection – Designed by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough developed a more dangerous look using structured angular lines. Integrating modes of protection the designers experimented with padding and quilting and took inspiration from different forms of fighting and martial arts.


The Sea Chair – Designed by Studio Swine & Kieren Jones is made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans. In collaboration with Kieren Jones, Studio Swine has created devices to collect and develop marine debris into a series of stools.

Liquid Glacial Table – Designed by Zaha Hadid embeds surface complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic. The geometry of the table top appears transformed from static to fluid by subtle waves and ripples while the table’s legs seem to pour from the horizontal in a vortex of frozen water.

A-Collection – Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bourellec for Hay, fabricated from oak and beech is motivated by an old wooden university trestle chair by architect Berndt Pedersen.

Gravity Stool – Designed by Jolan Van Der Wiel. Made by the ‘magnet machine’ invented by Van Der Wiel, the magnetic fields above and below act on the mixture of material containing metal shavings. The substance is drawn upwards by the magnetic force determining the shape of the stool.

Film by Wai Ming Ng.

Well Proven Chair – Designed by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel. By combining sawdust waste with bio-resin, a reaction in the mixture, advanced with the use of water, causes the material to expand (sometimes by 700%) while becoming a solid. A simple  leg structure is turned in ash.

Tié Paper Chair – Designed by Pinwu is the design studio’s second paper chair and was inspired by Yuhang Aper Umbrellas. The shell is made from irregularly shaped rice paper sheets.

100 Chairs – Designed by Marni. Marni designers have reworked the patterns and colour palettes of traditional Colombian chairs woven from PVC threads to create a desirable one-off range produced by Colombian ex-prisoners.

Medici Chair – Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi in three types of thermo treated wood – ash; walnut and douglas. They are joined at irregular angles, resulting in a comfortably reclined seat.

Re-Imagined Chairs – Designed by Studiomama (Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama). These chairs by London-based Studiomama builds on the interests in expediency and re-using the existing by encouraging users to re-look at unwanted furniture.

Engineering Temporality – Designed by Studio Markunpoika uses small circular tubular steel to semi-cover over existing objects including cabinets and chairs. Tuomas Markunpoika burnt away the sculptural piece, leaving the charred steel structure behind. Engineering Temporality evokes the ideas of vanishing memory.

Corniches – Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra. Corniches are neither regular shelves nor simple horizontal surfaces, and are a new way to use the wall in living spaces.

Future Primitives, Desifned by Muller van Severen

Future Primitives, Desifned by Muller van Severen

Future Primitives – Designed by Muller Van Severen is a collection of shelving units, in various heights and configurations, include deckchair shaped seating as well as standing and hanging lamps and separate chairs and loungers.


Zumtobel Annual Report – Designed by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor is a two-volume publication: one book containing the facts and figures for the year, the other a printed version of a 1998 video piece by the artist.

Bauhaus: Art As Life Exhibition – Designed by A Practice For Everyday Life. The design is informed by an awareness of the Bauhaus’ own principles of colour, structure and typography – painted walls and bold panels draw together objects, themes and ideas, and the typeface used throughout is a contemporary revival of the letterpress typeface used within the Bauhaus itself.

Strelka Identity – Designed by OK:RM. The Strelka Institute for media, architecture and design is a non-profit organisation aimed at generating discussion, ideas and projects in the creative and cultural industries.

Occupied Times Of London – Designed by Tzortzis Rallis and Lazaros Kakoulidis who used Barnbrook’s VirusFonts typeface for the large intro caps to their features and then PF Din Mono, designed by Panos Vassiliou as the main body copy face.

The Gentlewoman #6 – Designed by Veronica Ditting. Legend of stage and screen Angela Lansbury was the cover star for Issue 6. The issue gathered some of the most remarkable and captivating women in the world today.

Austria Solar Annual Report – Designed by Serviceplan to create a beautiful and uniquely apt presentation of their annual report printed with special ink that only materialises when exposed to the sun.

Rijksmuseum Identity – Designed by Irma Boom‘s new logo for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam replaces the previous logo by Studio Dumbar which had been in place for 32 years.

Adam Thirwell: Kapow! – Designed by Studio Frith. Kapow! asks readers to open and unfold pages, to follow text leaking in and out of paragraphs, while progressively becoming part of and lost within the narrator’s thoughts.

Organic, Designed by Kapatza

Organic, Designed by Kapatza

Organic – Designed by Kapitza is second book project featuring 200 dazzling, previously unpublished artworks. At the cutting edge of contemporary pattern design, Organic produces a fantastic source of inspiration for creative’s working in the fields of illustration, graphic design, animation, fashion, textiles, interiors and digital design.

Doc Lisboa ’12 – Designed by Pedro Nora is a bright and colourful identity for the Doc Lisboa documentary film festival.

Ralph Ellison Collection – Designed by Cordon Webb is a graphic identity to the latest series of Ralph Ellison books.

Venice Architecture Biennale Identity – Designed by John Morgan. Spoken in a Venetian dialect, the stencil text is contained in a white plaster panel and roughly framed in black. The signs were made to blend in with the fabric of existing Venetian signage.

Dekho:Conversations on Design in India, Designed by CoDesign

Dekho:Conversations on Design in India, Designed by CoDesign

Dekho: Conversations On Design In India – Designed by CoDesign is an anthology of inspirational conversations with designers in India and highlighting approaches that are unique to designing for India.

Made In Los Angeles: Work By Colby Poster Printing Co.– Designed by Anthony Burrill. Graphic artist Anthony Burrill raided the Colby archive to create a vibrant set of prints, revisiting the very best of their past work.

Australian Cigarette Packaging – Commissioned by Australian Government Department for Health and Ageing. The olive green packaging that, now required by law in Australia, is the graphic identity for all cigarette packets regardless of brand. Based on consumer studies, the anti-design features hard-hitting anti-smoking images with plain text and unappealing colours.


Olympic Cauldron – Designed by Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio incorporated 204 individual copper ‘petals’, carried by each participating country at the 2012 Olympics, to create an iconic image.

Bang & Olufsen ‘Beolit 12’ – Designed by Cecile Manz is a handy, portable music system that plays music wirelessly from your own Mac, or from any other smart phone or PC.

Liquiglide Ketchup Bottle, designed by Dave Smith/ Varanasi Research Group MIT

Liquiglide Ketchup Bottle, designed by Dave Smith/ Varanasi Research Group MIT

Liquiglide Ketchup Bottle – Designed by Dave Smith/Varanasi Research Group MIT is a ‘super-slippery’, non-toxic, edible but tasteless substance that can be applied to the inside of a bottle, preventing the condiments from sticking to the neck and the bottom where they can’t be reached.

Colour Porcelain – Designed by Scholten & Baijings/1616 Arita Japan is decorated with three different levels of intensity, selecting traditional colours from the company’s archives on the pale grey background of natural porcelain.

E-Source – Designed by Hal Watts is for small scale recyclers in developing countries consisting of an innovative bicycle powered cable granulator and an approach to separating copper and plastic using water. Un-burnt copper can be sold at up to 20% more than that burnt providing higher returns and healthier working conditions. The designs will be made available to local workshops who would produce the machines and then sell to recyclers.

Little Printer – Designed by Berg lives in your home bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from your friends. Use your smart phone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely and beautiful miniature newspaper.

Switch Collection – Designed by Inga Sempe for Legrand is a collection of switches, sockets and dimmers, the series reinterprets functionality to imply additional user interactivity.

Papa Fox Trot Toys, Designed byPostlerFerguson, Photography Emma-Maersk

Papa Fox Trot Toys, Designed byPostlerFerguson, Photography Emma-Maersk

Papa Foxtrot Toys – Designed by PostlerFerguson is the new toy brand from London-based design studio. The studio’s Wooden Giants series comprises of models of the Emma Maersk, Arctic Princess and TI Asia, three of the largest cargo ships in the world.

Child Vision Glasses – Designed by The Centre for Vision in the Developing World are self-adjustable glasses that allow the wearer to tweak the lenses until they focus clearly. Based on a fluid-filled lens technologysimilar to that used in the Adspecs Child Vision glasses are for young adults aged from 12-18.

W127 Lamp – Designed by Dirk Winkel,  Berlin-based product designer, created this slim black desk lamp to show that plastic can be as solid and tactile as metal or wood.

Plug Lamp – Designed by Form Us With Love addresses today’s digitally connected society and our constant need to recharge our computers, smartphones, tablets. This lamp features the addition of an electrical socket in its base.

Replicator 2 – Designed by MakerBot is the fourth generation 3D printing machine from MarkerBot. It has has a massive 410 cubic inch build volume and is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable tool for making professional quality models at home.

Magic Arms – Designed by duPont Hospital for Children.The duPont Hospital for Children has been treating children suffering with musculoskeletal disabilities. As part of their research and development, duPont’s Department of Orthopedics developed WREX–the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton. It gives kids with muscle weakness much better movement and the ability to lift objects but was too heavy to use on a younger or smaller child. They figured out a wearable plastic jacket could be 3D printed to offer the same aid as WREX but in a mobile form that a child weighing only 25 pounds could wear.

Kiosk 2.0 – Designed by Unfold Studio is inspired by the carts used by Berlin’s currywürst vendors and works as a mobile 3D printing station that brings design out of the studio and onto the streets.

Oigen Kitchenware – Designed by Jasper Morrison/Japan Creative.Throughout history, the Japanese design aesthetic has been acknowledged for its simplicity. Japan Creative have produced a series of minimalist cast-iron products conceived together with Jasper Morrison.

Tekio Installation by Anthony Dickens

Tekio Installation by Anthony Dickens

Tekio – Designed by Anthony Dickens is a prototype modular lighting system inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chōchin’ paper lanterns. Tekio, the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’, can adapt to any interior.

Little Sun – Designed by Olafur Eliasson, developed over the last two years, Little Sun is a work of art that brings solar-powered light to off-grid areas of the world.

colalife – Designed by Simon Berry, works in developing countries to bring Coca-Cola, its bottlers and others together to open up Coca-Cola’s distribution channels to carry ‘social products’ such as oral rehydration salts and zinc supplements to save children’s lives. ColaLife is an independent non-profit organisation run and staffed by volunteers.

Federic Malle Travel Sprays – Designed by Pierre Hardy is a Limited edition travel spray designed by Pierre Hardy. These metallic tubes were designed to ‘embody femininity’ with their expressive colours.

Faceture Vases – Designed by Phil Cuttance. The series consists of handmade faceted vessels, light-shades and table. Each object is produced individually by casting a water-based resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually manipulated to create each object’s form before casting, making every piece utterly unique.

Surface Tension Lamp – Designed by Front. Swedish designers Front blows a bubble to from a temporary transparent shade round an LED light. The lamp will create 3 million bubbles over the course of its 50,000 hour life.

Flyknit Trainers – Designed by Nike are exceptionally lightweight. It features Nike’s Flyknit technology for structure, support and a precision fit that creates the feeling of a second skin. The one-piece knitted form features areas of stretch, breathability and support exactly where the runner needs it.


Morph Folding Wheel – Designed by Vitamins Design/Maddak Inc. For the first time the wheels on a wheelchair are able to fold flat and fit in storage compartments of airplanes and small cars. When folded, this wheel takes up only 12 litres of space, compared with 22 litres when it is circular and in use. The wheel has been developed with support from the Royal College of Art, the Wingate Foundation and the James Dyson Foundation.

Air Access Seat, Desigend by Priestmangoode

Air Access Seat, Desigend by Priestmangoode

Air Access Seat – Designed by Priestmangoode facilitating an easier transition between gate to aircraft. Air Access is composed of two components: a detachable wheelchair in which passengers are assisted into at their departure gate, and a fixed-frame aisle seat which is already on board in which the wheelchair seamlessly slides sideways into the infrastructure and locked in place as a regular airline seat.

i3 Concept Car – Designed by BMW. The BMW i3 Concept with eDrive is a sustainable vehicle powered by innovative eDrive technology generates zero emissions and provides a calm, virtually silent driving experience for up to 100 miles before requiring charging. And through its optional fast charging, the battery can be replenished to 80% charge in less than 30 minutes.

Mando Footloose Chainless Bicycle – Designed by Mark Sanders. The Footloose combines manual and electric power however it totally eliminates the chain and transforms the cyclist’s efforts directly into electricity to drive the wheels. This energy is then stored in a lithium-ion battery inside the bike frame, before it is converted back into kinetic energy by an electric motor which drives the rear wheel.

N-One – Designed by Honda features a naturally aspirated 1.3L DOHC engine, this hatchback delivers a fuel economy of 64 mpg.

Donkey Bicycle, Designed by Ben Wilson, Photographer John Selby

Donkey Bicycle, Designed by Ben Wilson, Photographer John Selby

Donky Bicycle – Designed by Ben Wilson has a steel beam running through the compact bicycle making it able to carry heavy loads on its front and rear platforms.

Exhibition Road – Designed by Dixon Jones/ The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This is a £28m development project to improve the infrastructure of, access to and facilities within the area. Led by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in partnership with the City of Westminster and the Mayor of London, it was completed ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Olympics Wayfaring – Designed by TfL/JEDCO/LOCOG created an identity that was carried out through all of London 2012, appearing on everything from street banners, to the Tube, to the Torch Relay to the Olympic venues themselves.