Beazley Designs of the Year Awards | Exhibition at the Design Museum in London


This year, the Design Museum in London celebrates the 10th anniversary of the award which recognizes the best of the world of design. The exhibition of the Beazley Designs of the Year Awards will be open to the public from October 18, 2017 through January 28, 2018.

For this year’s edition as well, the award comprises six categories – Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – and will feature innovative 60 designs from both well-established design agencies and emerging talents.
Nominated by academics, critics and designers, the just-announced selected designs can be rated by the public from October through an online platform; a jury of experts will eventually select each category’s winner, that will be announced January 15, 2018.
The exhibition will present all the nominated designs through models, drawings, prototypes, videos, and photographs.

The jury panel of this edition of the Beazley Designs of the Year comprises David Rowan, Editor-at-large and founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition; Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer for Land Rover; Marcus Engman , Design Manager at IKEA Range and Supply; Margaret Calvert, leading graphic designer; Ozwald Boateng, International Fashion Designer. We can’t ignore a curious fact about the jury. Will Marcus Engman from IKEA be allowed to rate the nominees for the product design category which include the Wedge Dowel joint system produced by…. IKEA?
Beazley, main sponsor of the awards, is an insurance company operating in the London market and specializing in marine, property, data breach, and life insurance.

Cover: Gita by Piaggio Fast Forward

Beazley Designs of the Year Awards 2017 | CATEGORIES AND NOMINEES


Mrs Fan’s Plug-In House by People’s Architecture Office. The Plugin House – developed for Beijing hutong areas – costs 30 times less than a typical apartment. Plugin replaces part of a previously existing dwelling and adds new functions.


Mrs Fan’s Plug-In House, Beijing, by People’s Architecture Office, Gao Tianxia

Warka Water by Arturo Vittori is a vertical structure designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere (it collects rain, harvests fog and dew).

Hegnhuset, memorial and learning centre on Utøya, Norway, 2016, by Blakstad Haffner Architects.

Wind and Rain Bridge by Donn Holohan with students from the University of Hong Kong and Peitian Community Craftsmen.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. by Adjaye Associates, The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond, SmithGroupJJR for the Smithsonian Institution.

Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre by Flores & Prats

The Calais Builds Project by Gráinne Hassett with migrants living in the Calais Jungle and students of Architecture from the University of Limerick.

Croft Lodge Studio by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design

Lycée Schorge Secondary School by Kéré Architecture. A secondary school in Burkina Faso built from locally sourced materials.


Lycée Schorge Secondary School, Kéré Architecture, photo by Iwan Baan.

The exhibition features models of buildings made by people from Africa and the Middle East who came to Germany as refugees.

The Environmental Enhancement of the Five Dragons Temple by Urbanus.

Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects.A glass extension added to a disused fire station in Antwerp’s docks.

Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice. Renovation design by OMA.


Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice. OMA.


Premier League on-air branding by DixonBaxi. A global TV experience for Premier League, designing show titles, infographics and a motion graphics system.

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Diller Scofidio & Renfro created four V.R experiences based on archival photographs of Chareau’s furniture, interiors and architecture, and on contemporary research done in Paris.

Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison. For Saydnaya – Inside a Syrian Torture Prison, Forensic Architecture researchers worked together with prison survivors to reconstruct the architecture of the Saydnaya prison and their experiences within, using architectural and acoustic modelling.


Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison.


Pokémon GO by Niantic. A virtual mobile game played in the physical world through augmented reality (AR).

OTHR by Joe Doucet, Dean DiSimone and Evan Clabots. OTHR transitions 3D printing from novelty to mainstream. In collaboration with the world’s leading designers and brands OTHR develops unique and useful products using transformative technologies and sold on‑demand via OTHR’s online platform.

Meet Graham: The only person designed to survive on our roads by Patricia Piccinini for Transport Accident Authority. Graham is an interactive lifelike sculpture demonstrating human vulnerability and the bodily features that would be needed to withstand a car crash.


Meet Graham: The only person designed to survive on our roads by Patricia Piccinini. Image by TAC.

Professional Women Emoji by Agustin Fonts, Rachel Been, Mark Davis, Nicole Bleuel and Chang Yang. A set of emoji specifically designed to represent women in the workforce.


Refugee Text by Kåre M. S. Solvåg, Caroline Arvidsson, Ciarán Duffy. “Refugee text” is a text message service to provide refugees with live updates on policy changes and practical information.

Google Noto by Google and Monotype. “Google Noto” is a collaborative project that has led to the creation of a free, single typeface which can be used for 800 languages and scripts.


Pussyhat Project by Krista Suh, Jayna Zweiman, Kat Coyle and Aurora Lady.
Pussyhat – the pink wool hat – has become a symbol of solidarity for women’s rights.


Pussyhat Project by Krista Suh, Jayna Zweiman, Kat Coyle and Aurora Lady.

The Rite of Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter’ New Object Research collection by Aitor Throup

Upcycling the Oceans by EcoAlf. EcoAlf has developed an ambitious project to help clean the oceans of debris through fishermen. The unique and ground-breaking project aims to transform the plastic debris found in the Mediterranean into thread to make fabric.


Upcycling the Oceans, EcoAlf

Life of Pablo merchandise and pop-up stores by Kanye West and Mat Vlasic for Bravado.
Kanye West in partnership with Bravado, opened 21 pop-up shops in various locations around the world to sell products tied to West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo. This was the first simultaneous, global pop-up event, spanning the U.S, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker Jacket with Jacquard™ by Google.
In collaboration with Google Inc., Levi’s has reimagined their iconic Trucker Jacket into an interactive, connected garment that allows wearers to access a variety of mobile services tailored to the needs of an urban commuter.

Nike Pro Hijab by Rachel Henry, Baron Brandt and Megan Saalfeld for Nike. Nike has worked to develop a single-layer stretchy Hijab inspired by Sarah Attar’s win for Saudi Arabia at the 2012 Olympics.


Nike Pro Hijab, (c) NIKE


Protest Banner Lending Library. The Protest Banner Lending Library is a space for people to gain skills to learn to make their own banners.

Finding Her by IC4 Design for UN Women Egypt. A campaign designed by Japanese illustrators IC4 Design for UN Women in Egypt and draws attention to the lack of women in Egyptian male-dominated industries: politics, science and technology.

Ibiza Mykonos Jeremy Corbyn (Political Posters) by Michael Oswell.

New logo and Identity for Reykjavik Art Museum by Karlssonwilker.


Me & EU by Nathan Smith and Sam T Smith. Me & EU is a collection of postcards written and designed by UK-based creatives to be sent across Europe as a means to remain connected post-EU-referendum.


Me & EU by Nathan Smith and Sam T. Smith.

Real Review by REAL with OK-RM.

Wales Nation Brand by Smörgåsbord Studio

Sufferhead Original Stout by Emeka Ogboh

Fractured Lands. The New York Times Magazine, August 14, 2016

Unit Edition design by Tony Brook, Adrian Shaughnessy and Patricia Finegan.

Pro-EU anti-Brexit Poster Campaign (vote remain 23 June), 2016.

The Refugee Nation flag by Yara Said.


Left: Pro-EU anti-Brexit Poster Campaign (vote remain 23 June), 2016, designed by artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Right: The Refugee Nation flag by Yara Said.


Avy Search and Rescue Drone by Paul Vastert, David Wielemaker, Christian McCabe and Patrique Zaman. The Avy Search and Rescue Drone is designed to help refugee boats.

Dansbana! Vårby gård by Dansbana!, Anna Fridolin, Anna Pang and Teres Selberg. Dansbana! Vårby gård is a space with an integrated sound system located under a subway bridge. Dansbana! is an organization working to create public places for dance.

Gita by Piaggio Fast Forward. The company famous for the Vespa scooter has creates a robotic personal helper that carries your things.(cover image)

BuffaloGrid – Connecting the Next Billion. The BuffaloGrid Hub, Cloud Platform and Agent Network, provides mobile power, internet and services to customers in North India.


BuffaloGrid – Connecting the Next Billion, by Daniel Becerra

Alphabet of Light by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group for Artemide. Modular lighting system that can be rearranged to form different letters of a bespoke typeface.


Alphabet of Light at Salone del Mobile. Image by Robert Ercolani

Flax Chair by Christien Meindertsma for LABEL/BREED. The chair is constructed from boards that are made out of flax and a sustainable glue. After being cut out of this board, the pieces are bent into their form.

AIR-INK by Graviky Labs. AIR-INK is a clean-tech company that has industrialized the process of capturing and recycling air pollution emissions into pigments and inks.


AIR-INK by Graviky Labs.

Remolten by gt2P (great things 2 People) with Friedman Benda. It is a practical research project to develop a physical parametric methodology (Paracrafting) for the production of objects in “Remolten” volcanic lava.

Wedge Dowel by IKEA. The wedge dowel is a small plastic or wooden fitting with milled grooves all around, which looks like a threaded screw.


Wedge Dowel by IKEA.

Solid Textile Board Benches by Max Lamb for Really ApS and Kvadrat. A collection of 12 benches made from Solid Textile Board, a new sustainable material manufactured from end-of-life textile waste.

Rapid Liquid Printing by Self-Assembly Lab, MIT in collaboration with Steelcase. Rapid Liquid printing (RLP) physically draws in 3D space within a gel suspension, and enables the creation of large scale products made of real-world materials.

Nimuno Loops by Anine Kirsten and Max Basler. Tape developed to allow Lego builders to place their creations on the walls, the ceiling and pretty much anywhere.

The Pilot translating earpiece by Waverly Labs. The Pilot earpiece translates between users speaking 15 different languages.

SNOO Smart Sleeper by Yves Béhar, fuseproject.
Snoo Smart Sleeper is a mechanised bassinet that gently rocks babies back to sleep at the push of a button.


Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) by CRRC Zhuzhou Institute. Autonomous Rapid Transit system – which this year underwent a much-publicised test-run in Zhuzhou, China – is a self-driving, electric tram that’s guided not by tracks, but a double-dashed line painted on the street.


Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), CRRC Zhuzhou Institute.

Mahjouba Initiative by Eric van Hove. An electric moped for the local market designed using mainly Moroccan craft techniques and materials.

Light Traffic by Carlo Ratti at Senseable City, Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Researchers from MIT, the Swiss Institute of Technology and the Italian National Research Council have developed a conceptual traffic system that would enable driverless vehicles to drive through intersections without colliding, eliminating the need for signals.

Olli by Local Motors. Olli is the first electric, self-driving vehicle. It can carry up to 12 passengers.

Seabubbles by Ailain Thebault. Seabubbles is a water taxis that have zero noise, zero CO2 emission, and a self-charging dock that gives back energy to the grid and cleans the waterway.

Honda Moto Riding Assist. A self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest.

Scewo by Thomas Gemperle, Adrien Weber, Naomi Stieger, Stella Mühlhaus, Bernhard Winter, Pascal Buholzer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Scewo is a stairclimbing mobility device.


Scewo by Thomas Gemperle, Adrien Weber, Naomi Stieger, Stella Mühlhaus, Bernhard Winter, Pascal Buholzer.

Beazley Designs of the Year
temporary exhibition: October 18, 2017 / January 28, 2018
Design Museum, London

Images courtesy of Design Museum


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