Last week the Design Museum UK announced it’s short list of Designs of the Year 2014 – all 76 of them! It’s very excting to see the best of design, heavy-weight and those not so heavy, fighting it out in a range of categories from Architecture to Digital, Fashion to Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport Design. Over the next couple of weeks DHub will put out the selection in two parts.
It’s also exciting to see the Makoko Floating School in Nigeria is a contender. The final category winners and the overall winner will be announced later this year while the full suite of 76 nominations will be on display at the Design Museum between 26 March – 25 August 2014.
Organisers noted that this year’s contenders showed an unprecedented bluring of the real and digital worlds through the ubiquity of the smartphone, disruptive technologies and design approaches. There is a blurring of digital and physical worlds through new ideas like the lego calendar that syncs with electronic devices and a fire alarm that communicates with you by sending updates and alerts.
The Design Museum is also adding an element of innovation via the Social Vote – nominations this year will fight it out with the ‘people’s vote’ online via Twitter and Facebook that will promote international participation in the overall result.
The CHILD CHEMO HOUSE, OSAKA – Designed by Tezuka Architects, Takaharu & Yui Tezuka, facilitates treatment and recovery through it’s serene atmosphere.
The FAÇADE FOR PAUL SMITH, ALBEMARLE STREET, MAYFAIR, LONDON by 6a Architects, references the past.
The FRAC CENTRE – LES TURBULENCES, ORLÉANS by Jakob + MacFarlane, conveys a perpetual flow of digital information that provokes, stimulates and informs.
Maintaining the original structure and dimensions of FRAC NORD-PAS DE CALAIS, DUNKERQUE, Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal create a new open and industrial space.
The elaborate undulations, bifurcations, folds and inflections modify the HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.
Frida Escobedo converts the home and studio of Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros into a musuem and cultural centre where internal and external space are continuous in LA TALLERA SIQUEIROS, CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, MEXICO.
The MAKOKO FLOATING SCHOOL, NIGERIA by NLÉ, Makoko Community Building Team, is an innovative, cheap and sustainable approach that addresses the community’s needs.
MONT DE MARSAN MEDIATHEQUE, by archi5, where Military austerity meets uplifting cultural symbol with generous open views.
A difficult triangular site is the home of the new museum MUSEO JUMEX, MEXICO CITY by David Chipperfield which features saw-tooth roof to allow natural light to flood the gallery.
NEWHALL BE, HARLOW, ESSEX by Alison Brooks Architects integrates a mix of house typologies to maximise space and flexibility and challenges the idea of traditional homes.
PRAÇA DAS ARTES PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, SÃO PAULO by Brasil Arquitetura where old meets new with new concrete, strong colour, open spaces and passageways.
ST MORITZ CHURCH, AUGSBURG, GERMANY, INTERIOR RENOVATION by John Pawson, achieves ‘the threshold to transcendence’ – a room of light.
THE NEW CREMATORIUM AT THE WOODLAND CEMETERY, STOCKHOLM by Johan Celsing, in Woodland Cemetery the New Crematorium features exposed white concrete and white glazed bricks in a building which is at once robust and sensitive.
WA SHAN GUESTHOUSE, HANGZHOU, CHINA by Wang Shu, Pritzker Prize-winner, draws on the traditions of the China Academy of Art and the city of Hangzhou – the building is one of 22 designed on the Academy’s Xiangshan Campus.
A crowd-sourced search and rescue drone AEROSEE, by Paul Egglestone, Dr Darren Ansell, Dan Etherington, Patterdale Mountain Rescue can save lives in the Lake District mountains with participation of ‘virtual search agents’ using personal digital devices.
CITYMAPPER by Azmat Yusuf, Gilbert Wedam, Joe Hughes, Nicholas Skehin, Emil Vaughan makes navigating cities easier with point A to B planning, including journey costs to calorie counter.
A mobile gaming app, GENERATIONS, by One Life Remains, is an impossible to complete game to be passed on to the next generation. It questions the inevitability of death, the meaning of legacy and the nature of progress.
Launched in 2013, the playful SMS platform, HELLO LAMP POST by Pan Studio, invites people to strike up conversations with street furniture by using text messaging to collect stories – over 25,000 text messages were shared in just eight weeks.
A wall mounted time planner LEGO CALENDAR by Adrian Westaway, Clara Gaggero, Duncan Fitzsimons, Simon Emberton, made of Lego of course, synchs to your calendar when photographed with a smartphone.
Using black humour, METRO TRAINS – DUMB WAYS TO DIE by McCann Melbourne, is a
song, a book, a smartphone game, interactive outdoor posters, radio advertising and tumblr GIFs – all designed to get young people to care about safety.
OCULUS RIFT by Oculus VR, is a virtual reality headset for immersive gaming. Oculus VR, launched a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund its development.
A smartphone-based system for comprehensive eye examinations PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr Mario Giardini, Dr Iain Livingstone, brings eye care to the remotest in low-income countries.
PUBLIC LAB FOLDABLE MINI-SPECTROMETER by Public Lab contributors 2011-13, transforms your smartphone into a visible and near-infrared spectrometer to analyse pollutants.
SIDEKICK CREATIVES – CROWDFUNDING GREAT ART & DESIGN by Oscar Lhermitte, Philipp Figueroa, Yoav Reches, Arne Zacher, Molly Anderson, Tommaso Lanza, supports realises crowdfunding campaigns from concept to production.
TOUCH BOARD: INTERACTIVITY EVERYWHERE by Bare Conductive, transforms any surface/material into an interface to trigger sound or other event through touch or proximity.
A Dubai-based fashion label DAS COLLECTION by Reem and Hind Beljafla, was the first abaya (a garment covering the whole body except the face, feet, and hands) to be stocked at Harrods.
PRADA S/S14 by Miuccia Prada is a combination of Pop-art with sporty details – structured shape with bold colour.
The step-dance crews, sourced on YouTube, presented the RICK OWENS S/S14 SHOW, PRESENTATION by Rick Owens giving a sensational performance.
THE HINTERLAND OF RONALDO FRAGA, by Brazilian designer Ronaldo Fraga, is the signature of the caatinga, the natural scuffing of the cattle concidered a defect. Here it is a sign of sophistication.
Designed by Sadie Williams the ‘TOTEMIC’ COLLECTION – dresses in stiff 3D embossed textiles created by a multi-step, multi-layered process developed by the designer. The high-impact textiles are balanced with elegant A-line silhouettes.
TRACEY NEULS BIKE GEEK, by Tracey Neuls, is a hybrid dress and casual shoe with the performance of sportswear. The hard wearing sole gives shock absorption and endurance and a reflective half moon ‘cat eye’ tab gives the wearer visibility at night.
The three-legged oak chair the BODLEIAN LIBRARY CHAIR by Barber & Osgerby, speciafiaclly developed for the Bodleian is only and the third chair designed for them since 1756. Balancing craft heritage, sculptural form and utility the chair is strong and light.
Named after the Japanese word for colour, IRO by Jo Nagasaka, for Established and Sons, is vibrant, elegant furniture and minimal. The smooth finishing highlights the natural grain of the wood enclosed within the resin.
NEW INTERIOR FOR UNITED NATIONS NORTH DELEGATES’ LOUNGE (NEW YORK), by Hella Jongerius, with Rem Koolhaas, Irma Boom, Gabriel Lester and Louise Schouwenberg. The space has an informality aided by retaining iconic Scandinavian designs and existing artworks.
PRO CHAIR FAMILY by Konstantin Grcic, has developed for Flötotto features state-of-the-art ergonomics and pioneering design. The construction of the chair allows movement and stimulates promoting healthier sitting.
RIPPLE, AN ULTRA LIGHT TIMBER TABLE by Benjamin Hubert, is a 2.4 metre-long dining table constructed from corrugated Sitka spruce plywood that has very high strength to weight ratio, reduces the timber used and it’s carbon footprint.
Philippe Malouin developed the ‘SIMPLE’ EXHIBITION AT PROJECTB GALLERY, MILAN. Playing with rhythm and proportions created benches, a table, a library a chair, bookends, and a lamp made of simple material like MDF.