Beazley Designs of the Year 2019: the nominees in the PRODUCT category
Now in its twelfth year, Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual appointment with the most original and exciting products and concepts in the fields of architecture, graphic and digital design, fashion, transports, and product design. Nominators were asked to select their favorite designs that inspire and represent a change in their field. This was the first year that the public nominated alongside design experts.
The rethinking of mass-products and reinterpretation of raw design materials with attention to environmental care and sustainability dominates this year’s product selection, which includes, for example, the first reinvention of the pregnancy test after over thirty years, and a series of tiles made with Etna volcanic ash.
One design from each section will be chosen as a winner, and an overall winner will also be announced on November 21st.
Until 9 February 2020, all the finalists are gathered in an exhibition at the Design Museum London.
Cover image: Jasper Morrison, 1 Inch Reclaimed stacking chair
The 2019 nominees of the PRODUCT category
1 Inch Reclaimed stacking chair. Mono-block stackable chair.
Jasper Morrison used leftover industrial waste materials comprising 88% reclaimed polypropylene from manufacturer Emerco, alongside 2% waste wood fiber, in his construction.
The Bacteria Lamp is a glass lamp created by Swedish designer Jan Klingler. To create distinctive designs, Klingler takes bacterial samples from people and places with personal meaning. After a growth period of twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the microorganisms are fully sealed and captured in stasis, with the unique patterns highlighted by an LED light source.
CATCH is a low-cost, user-friendly, self-testing device that detects HIV created by British product designer Hans Ramzan. The product is specifically designed for people in emerging nations where easy access to healthcare, education, and infrastructure otherwise prohibits early diagnosis.
Denqul is a clever and simple mobile battery-charger designed by Japanese studio Nendo. Denqul allows users to generate their emergency power-supply, combining the principles of centrifugal force and the weight of a lithium battery.
The Elvie Pump is the world’s first silent, wearable, hands-free breast pump. London-based start-up Elvie designed the Elvie Pump to give mothers the flexibility to go about their daily routine while pumping. The pump can be worn inside a standard nursing bra, eliminating the need to worry about cords and wardrobe changes or the sound of traditional electric breast pumps.
ExCinere is a collection of glossy tiles that use volcanic lava as a raw design material. The design is a collaboration between London-based fabricator Dzek and Amsterdam-based studio Formafantasma, The glossy tones are derived from mixing and firing varying quantities, particle sizes and densities of volcanic matter, with the tiles available in four-tone glazes.
Created by London-based designer and artist Marcin Rusak, Flora Table is made with real flowers submerged in resin.
FREKVENS (translating from Swedish to ‘frequency’ in English) is a playful and portable home audio system designed by IKEA in collaboration with Stockholm-based ‘teenage engineering. The partly-modular system includes a turntable, speaker and lighting equipment.
Lia is the first holistic redesign of the pregnancy test for thirty years. Proven to disintegrate 100% if disposed of correctly, Lia is made of a similar coated material to most toilet paper, breaking down when flushed and completely biodegradable in soil. The US-based company aims to provide an alternative to existing plastic pregnancy tests, which contribute two million kilograms of non-recyclable waste to US landfills each year.
Living Seawall is interdisciplinary collaboration. Scientists at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and the car manufacturer Volvo worked together with Reef Design Lab to create 3D printed tiles that mimic the root structure of native mangrove trees to create viable marine habitats. This aids biodiversity and attracts filter-feeding organisms that absorb and filter out pollutants – such as particulate matter and heavy metals – keeping the water ‘clean’.
Meaninglessness. Led by Australian jewelry designer Su san Cohn and performing artist David Pledger, ‘meaninglessness’ is an interdisciplinary performance talk in response to the 2016 Danish Jewellery Legislation, which required that all jewelry and valuables belonging to refugees considered to be meaningless would be confiscated to help pay for their living costs. The performance first took place at the Bækkelund International Residency Center for Artists in Denmark in 2017, with a further performance at the Design Museum in Copenhagen in 2018.
MySleeve is a silicone cover that is mounted onto a crutch handle to help eliminate sore hands, improve grip and prevent crutches from falling. The comfortable material protects against blisters and provides grip, and the magnet allows the crutches to snap together when freestanding or for the user to pick up a dropped crutch with the other. MySleeve was designed by Marie Van den Broeck, a young Dutch student.
NUATAN is an oil-free bioplastic solution completely made from renewable resources that are fully biodegradable. Bratislava-based studio ‘crafting plastics!’ worked in close collaboration with material scientists from Slovak University of Technology and research company Panara to create a more durable bioplastic material for value-added products, which can withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees Celsius and has an estimated lifespan of 1-50 years depending on blend composition.
The curtains Rennes and Chainette, have been constructed from a mechanized form of embroidery in which two diverging material forms play with light and shadow. Rennes has distinct wide stripes that intersect, creating bold, colorful forms; Chainette is more transparent, with delicate indications of color softly reacting to light. Designed for Kvadrat, both curtains are reminiscent of handcrafted embroideries combined with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s precise and engineered pattern technique.
Superfake is a collection of rugs designed by British designer Bethan Laura Wood. Each rug is based on different rock forms inspired by an age-old collision of man-made objects with nature. The collection was handmade using skills that have been developed over centuries by Tibetan artisans and are made of cotton weave, Himalayan wool, pure silk, and linen.
IKEA has collaborated with non-profit organizations Milbat and Access Israel to develop ThisAbles, a new line of 3D printed products to bridge some of the gaps between existing IKEA products and the needs of people belonging to differently-abled populations. These add-ons are downloadable for free from their website or available for purchase from IKEA.
TierraFiltra is a water filter made from locally sourced clay that aims to improve the water quality in Puerto Rico. After hurricanes Maria and Irma struck the island in 2017, a third of the country was left without access to clean water. The team behind the filter includes Maati, a ceramics studio in Columbia, and the NGO Potters for Peace, which aims to provide the skills and technical support needed to establish ceramic filter factories.
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