The ‘Designs of the Year’ winners have just been announced – covering seven categories in the field of architecture, product, fashion, digital, fashion, transport and graphics. Some of my favourite designs did not win – like Heatherwick’s Olympic cauldron or Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun – but this does not diminish the fact that these are great designs that have made a powerful impact in society and our consciousness. Who can get the cauldron out of his mind after seeing that monumental candelabra which opened the London 2012 Games?
But this year’s winners all deserve to win. I’ve added the pics of the winners below but it’s better to book yourself a ticket to the Design Museum to see them for yourself. You might have your own favourites (like I do!) that might not have made the cut. (Read my next article on who are my favourites). But these winners have all been selected by a panel of nominators and the Design awards are considered the Oscars in design.
Here are the big winners:
1. Architecture Winner: TOUR BOIS-LE-PRETRE, PARIS Designed by Frederic Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
2. Digital Winner: GOV.UK WEBSITE Designed by Government Digital Service
3. Fashion DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
4. Furniture Winner: MEDICI CHAIR Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi; Graphics
5. Graphics VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE IDENTITY Designed by John Morgan Studio
6. Products Winner: KIT YAMOYO Designed by ColaLife and PI Global
7. Transport Winner: MORPH FOLDING WHEEL Designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc. Pete Collard, Curator of Designs of the Year