Beazley Designs of the year 2020 | Product design nominees


BEAZLEY DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2020 | Product Design Nominees

The Design Museum in London has just announced the nominees of the prestigious Beazley Award 2020.
After the Design Museum reopening on December 2, the selected projects for each category will be on show in London until 23 March 2021, accompanied by special online content.
The 24 finalists in the product design category give a very interesting, at times surprising, insight into contemporary design, confirming once again how much design is definitely overcoming its traditional areas of intervention to engage with previously rarely explored sectors such as medical and personal care, the production of sustainable food, and the search for new environmentally-friendly materials.

cover: Marina Tex, designed by Lucy Hughes.

The 24 finalists in the PRODUCT DESIGN category


Designed by Michael Tougher and RPD International.
Soundbops is an interactive toy that enables children to make music by placing, stacking, and playing objects that generate notes when attached to an innovative board.
Through interaction, children can grasp chords and rhythm, because the system breaks music down into its basic building blocks.


Biomimetic collar
Designed by Luke Hale
Developed by an NHS doctor for a patient with a neurodegenerative disorder, this neck collar is the result of digital methods of making, combining 3D scanning, procedural design, and 3D printing. Its form is derived from an algorithm that mimics the structure of bone, creating a collar that is light and strong.


Impossible burger 2.0
Designed by Impossible Foods
Impossible Burger 2.0 is the second version – the first was launched in 2016 – of vegan burgers. The goal was to create more sustainable and tastier food. Although the patty is made from plant-based proteins and is suitable for vegans, its main admirers are meat consumers.


SmartHalo 2
Designed by Xavier Peich, Gabriel Alberola and Jonathan Beaulieu.
SmartHalo 2 is a device designed to make the bicycle the future of urban mobility by focusing on safety. The tool is together a navigator that keeps track of the routes and alerts the cyclist when he receives calls or messages. The compact unit is locked to the handlebar with a dedicated key and always remains attached to the bike. SmartHalo 2 was designed using feedback from users of the first version.


Reflectacles Privacy Eyewear
Designed by Scott Urban
Reflectacles are glasses designed to counter the use of non-consensual facial recognition systems. Using infrared-blocking lenses and reflective frames, they defeat surveillance cameras that use infrared for illumination and more advanced systems that create 3D maps with infrared lasers. Each model offers a different degree of privacy.


LEGO Braille Bricks
Designed by LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group in collaboration with official partners in the international blind community.
The Lego Braille bricks have been designed to facilitate interaction between sighted and blind people. The studs of LEGO Braille Bricks are arranged to correspond to individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet, while also remaining fully compatible with the other LEGO bricks.


Artes y Oficios
Designed by Fabien Cappello.
French designer Fabien Cappello, based in Mexico City, promotes little known or underrated elements of Mexican culture and materials. With the ‘Artes y Oficios’ collection – which includes, for example, a chair with a vintage wooden structure painted with orange automotive paint and upholstered with custom fabric and a lamp made with a perforated steel sheet – Cappello has created a collection of materials and colored that directly appeals to our senses.


Designed by Jiva Materials Ltd.
Jiva’s Soluboard is a non-toxic alternative to the epoxy resin and fiberglass of conventional printed circuit boards that constitute one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world.
Soluboard dissolves in hot water, leaving a residue of natural compostable fibers, water that can end up in household drains, and electronic components for recycling.



DO Black
Designed by Magnus Jakobsson and Mattias Alfborger.
DO Black is the first credit card that allows users to monitor the environmental impact of their transactions. Conceived as a tool to combat climate change, DO Black combines three main functions: it can measure the carbon impact of transactions, set a CO2 emission limit calculated per country or per person, and overrides an account’s financial credit level based on the limit. The function, although integrated into the credit card, can also be applied to existing bank accounts.


Designed by Kate Strudwick
For.Form is an innovative packaging system that reduces the chances of contamination of evidence from crime scenes and improves handling in courtrooms.
The toolkit includes a transparent material that can be molded around the evidence and an embedded chip to enable the chain of custody monitoring.


Förändring by IKEA
Designed by Lolo Stigenius, Akanksha Deo, Iina Vuorivirta and Helene Davidsson.
The “Förändring”(change) homeware collection is made using rice straw, a residue from the rice harvest that is traditionally burned and contributes heavily to air pollution in northern India. Rice straw is woven and mixed with recycled fabric waste to create a usable material. The initiative aims to create a design model for reducing air pollution that can be replicated in other regions of the world.


Designed by Gabriela Medero and Samuel Chapman.
The K-Briq is a sustainable building brick; at least 90 percent of its content is recycled construction and demolition waste. The brick takes 24 hours to manufacture and does not require fossil fuel or firing to produce. This means that it releases a tenth of the carbon emissions in its production compared with traditional fired-clay brick.


Designed by Isabel Aagaard, Nicolas Aagaard and Kaare Frandsen.
LastSwab, reusable swabs designed both for cleaning and makeup application, are the alternative to the single-use cotton solution. Designed to last up to 1,000 uses, they are made with easy-to-clean TPE tips and nylon rods. Each tampon has a corn-based biodegradable carrying case.


Marina Tex
Designed by Lucy Hughes.
MarinaTex is a new durable and compostable material made from biological waste from the fishing industry and red algae. MarinaTex biodegrades in less than six weeks in soil without leeching any harmful chemicals and can be consumed safely by wildlife. Its translucent, flexible form makes the material ideal to be used as packaging. Marina tex is an undergraduate project and the material is now in the early stages of commercial development.



Self-Sanitising Door Handle
Designed by Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li.
The handle reduces the risk of contact with harmful pathogens. The transparent handle is coated in titanium oxide, a coating reactive to light and able to safely break down any pathogens. The built-in UV LED lamp in the handle lights up every time the handle moves. The coating is durable and will not be damaged in contact with bleach or sterilizing chemicals.


Designed by Joanne Baban Morales (Nünude) and Vivian Murad (Skin Bandages).
These adhesive bandages are available in a range of shades to match the skin and are a response to the slow evolution of medical bandage colors, from traditional beige and pink tones and to the growing demand for shades that reflect a diversity of skin colors.


Fronda stool
Designed by Sam Hecht, Kim Colin, Romain Voulet, Luca Corvatta and Mattiazzi Srl.
This stool was designed by Industrial Facility for a furniture collection celebrating ten years of Mattiazi, a family-owned Italian furniture manufacturer.
UK-based designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht imagined a stool that reverses the traditional application of materials, using wood for the structure and metal for the seat.


Lucozade Sport Ooho Capsules
Designed by Notpla with Lucozade
Ooho pods are fully edible. Designed to reduce plastic waste, they are realized in Notpla, a biodegradable material composed of algae and plants. Designers Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier applied the material to a range of products, from edible packaging to takeout box liners. Over 30,000 Sport Ooho capsules were provided to runners at the London Marathon in April 2019.


Designed by Shneel Malik, Dr. Brenda Parker, and Prof. Marcos Cruz (Bio-ID Lab, UCL) with Richard Miller (Froyle Tiles)
Indus is a surface composed of modular tiles that clean the wastewater. Designed by a team of researchers from UCL’s Bio-ID Lab, the surface allows rural communities to regenerate water for their production processes. The shape of each tile is inspired by the structure of a leaf and the water flows in a series of channels modeled by an algorithm that optimizes their ability to absorb pollutants.


Border as Producer of Design
Designed by Ismaël Rifaï.
After a series of field trips to Ceuta, the Spanish enclave that borders Morocco, Rifaï became fascinated by how objects traveled through the territory. Ceuta is a tax-free zone, meaning goods can be imported and exported without paying duties. Thousands of domestic workers from Morocco cross the Spanish–Moroccan border to sell goods there, often in precarious conditions. The collection by Rifaï explores the multiple identities clustered at the border, It shows how objects bear witness to the context in which they are exchanged.


Judy emergency kit
Designed by Simon Huck, Josh Udaskin, and Red Antler with various manufacturers.
Judy is a collection of emergency kits containing essentials to help people deal with natural disasters and unforeseen crises. The Judy package comes in three types: the safe, the mover, and the starter. Each contains cartridges for specific situations, from a lack of warmth or water to basic first aid. The simple typography and red packaging are designed to be accessible, reassuring, and easily discoverable.


Ouroboros Steak
Designed by Andrew Pelling, Orkan Telhan, and Grace Knight.
Ouroboros Steak is a DIY meal kit for growing gourmet steaks from one’s own cells. It comes as a starter kit of tools, ingredients, and instructions that enable users to culture their own cells into mini steaks, without causing harm to animals.
Commissioned for the exhibition Designs for Different Futures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the project is a critical commentary on the lab-grown meat industry and critiques the industry’s claims to sustainability

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Designed by Julien Vaissieres, Milo Mcloughlin-Greening, and Salomé Bazin.
One of the products of London-based designer and 3D printing manufacturer is the Batch.shield visor, which was designed in 2019 and distributed widely during the coronavirus pandemic. was born because founders Vaissieres and Mcloughlin-Greening wanted to develop an alternative to centralized manufacturing using 3D printers. adheres to the ethics of local manufacturing so that materials can be easily tracked, reuse materials, and generate minimal waste.

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The Water Box Mobile Filtration System
Designed by Just Water and 501cTHREE.
The first Water Box was installed in the city of Flint, Michigan (United States) in 2014 when the water in the city was declared unsafe due to lead from the corrosion of the water supply pipes. The mobile filtration system – built and installed by 501cTHREE in collaboration with First Trinity Baptist Church – can remove several heavy metals and harmful pathogens from ten gallons of water in one minute and is free for residents. Its design is open-source and can be built using standard parts.

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