Design Museum Announces Designs of the Year

on 15/1/13

The Design Museum announces the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year. They include the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished nominators, the awards compile the most original and exciting designs, prototypes and designers in the world today – brought together in a Design Museum exhibition from 20 March – 7 July 2013.

Consisting of over 90 nominations, this year’s contest include the celebrated Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio; Western Europe’s tallest building – The Shard designed by Renzo Piano; the boutique boatshaped hotel room – A Room for London by David Kohn Architects; The Louis Vuitton collection by Yayoi Kusama; and the award-winning Exhibition Road by Dixon Jones, which integrates vehicle and foot traffic with its rejection of boundaries between pavement and road. Microsoft’s Windows phone 8 has claimed the only mobile phone nomination. The Digital category also includes the latest website.

Here we show you a selection of the most relevant nominations to us here at The Trend Boutique. For a full rundown visit the Design Museum website, or the exhibition at the Design Museum London: The exhibition featuring all the nominations will open 20 March 2013 with the winners from each category and one overall winner to be announced in April. Last year the prestigious award was won by design studio BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.



MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Cleveland - Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architects
The 34,000 sq ft structure, which is 44 percent larger than MOCA’s former rented space, is both environmentally and fiscal sustainable.
Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast- Designed by Hackett Hall McKnight
The Metropolitan Arts Centre is wedged between two existing buildings on a hemmed-in corner plot that sits beside the city cathedral. The glazed tower sits atop the volcanic stone facade of this performing arts centre to create a beacon above the surrounding rooftops.
A Room For London- Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner
Perched above Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, the boat-shaped one bedroom installation offers guests a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic surrounding its iconic location.
Book Mountain, Spijkenisse - Designed by MVRDV
This mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and a pyramid roof with a total surface area of 9,300 sq m. Corridors and platforms bordering the form are accessed by a network of stairs to allow visitors to browse the tiers of shelves. A continuous 480m route culminates at the peak's reading room and cafe with panoramic views through the transparent roof.

The Shard, London - Designed by Renzo Piano
The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, transforming the London skyline, the multi-use 310m vertical structure consists of 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
Built in the 1840s, the Thalia Theatre has been in ruins almost ever since.The project reconverts it into a multipurpose space for conferences, exhibitions and events. In order to retain the old walls, the exterior is covered in concrete, while the interior remains in its original condition.

Galaxy Soho, Beijing - Designed by Zaha Hadid
Five continuous, flowing volumes coalesce to create an internal world of continuous open spaces within the Galaxy Soho building – a new office, retail and entertainment complex devoid of corners to create an immersive, enveloping experience in the heart of Beijing.



Anna Karenina Costumes - Designed by Jacqueline Durran
Two million dollars’ worth of Chanel diamonds and vintage Balenciagainspired 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 Collection - Designed by Giles Deacon
Made up of a number of gowns, each with their own intricate mood, 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
Bold and playful, the collection features the artist's signature bold spots - which cover every item, from bags to dresses. The range is the house's most significant artist collaboration since it teamed up with Stephen Sprouse in 2001 to create his now-iconic graffiti bags.

AW12 Collection - Designed by Craig Green
Playing with ideas of utility and function, the large wooden structures in this collection have connotations of religious pilgrimage. 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.

Christian Dior RTW S/S13 - Designed by Raf Simons
For Simons’ 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
Influenced by the Chevrolet and 1950s style, this collection saw a return to the bourgeois taste first set out in the nineties.


Liquid Glacial Table- Designed by Zaha Hadid
The Liquid Glacial design embeds surface complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic. The elementary geometry of the flat table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evident below the surface, 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, the motivation for the series was an old wooden university trestle chair by architect Berndt Pedersen.

Gravity Stool - Designed by Jolan Van Der Wiel
Jolan Van Der Wiel developed a 'magnet machine', whereby he positions magnetic fields above and below a container of polarized material containing metal shavings. In order to form and determine the shapes of his furniture pieces, the hanging units are pulled down and then released, in which the substance follows, drawn upwards by magnetic force, letting gravity determine the shape of the stool.


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