Designs of the Year 2013: The Oscars of the design world nominations

Design Museum’s 2013 Designs of the Year award

London’s Design Museum, the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design, announced “Designs of the Year 2013” nominations.

The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world’ showcases the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. Category winners and the overall winner will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on 17 April 2013.

The nominations can be seen on display in the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design museum from 20 March 2013.

The names to be recognised in the fashion category include CHRISTIAN DIOR, Giles, Prada, Yayoi Kusama, Proenza Schouler, Craig Green and Commes de Garcons. Consisting of over 90 nominations, this year’s contest include the celebrated Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio; Western Europe’s tallest buildingThe Shard designed by Renzo Piano; the boutique boatshaped hotel roomA 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.

Zaha Hadid earns two nominations this year for the Galaxy Soho building in Beijing and the Liquid Glacial Table, which resembles running water. Forty years after his death, architect Louis Kahn has won a nomination for New York’s Four Freedoms Park which was finally completed at the end of 2012. The successful Barbican installation Rain Room by Random International, which produced queues of over three hours has received a nomination, and the venue’s Bauhaus exhibition is recognised for its graphics by APFEL.

Some of the most remarkable prototypes to emerge in the last year include a non-stick ketchup bottle invented by the Varanasi Research Group at MIT, which uses a special edible solution sprayed on the inside of the bottle; a prototype pair of self-adjustable glasses for children with no access to opticians by The Centre for Vision in the Developing World in Oxford; and a wheelchair that folds completely flat with its revolutionary collapsing wheels technology by Vitamins Design.

Key advances in technology are also recognised in the nominations such as the 3D printer and an apparatus coined Magic Arms, which has helped a girl suffering with arthrogryposis to regain mobility.

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.

Full list of “Designs of the Year 2013” nominations:


A/W12 Collection
Designed by Craig Green

A/W12 Womenswear
Designed by Giles Deacon

Anna Karenina Costumes
Designed by Jacqueline Durran

Christian Dior RTW S/S13
Designed by Raf Simons

Commes De Garcons RTW A/W12
Designed by Rei Kawakubo

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
Directed by Lisa Immordino

I Want Muscle
Directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock

Louis Vuitton Collection
Designed by Yayoi Kusama

Prada S/S12 RTW Collection
Designed by Miuccia Prada

Proenza Schouler A/W12 Collection
Designed by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough



100 Chairs
Designed by Marni

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bourellec for Hay

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Engineering Temporality
Designed by Studio Markunpoika

Future Primitives
Designed by Muller Van Severen

Gravity Stool
Designed by Jolan Van Der Wiel

Liquid Glacial Table
Designed by Zaha Hadid

Medici Chair
Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

Re-Imagined Chairs
Designed by Studiomama (Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama)

Tie Paper Chair
Designed by Pinwu

The Sea Chair
Designed by Studio Swine & Kieren Jones

Well Proven Chair
Designed by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel


A Room For London, (Southbank Centre), UK
Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner

Astley Castle, Warwickshire, UK
Designed by Witherford Watson Mann

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Holland
Designed by MVRDV

Clapham Library, London, UK
Designed by Studio Egret West

Four Freedoms Park, New York, USA
Designed by Louis Kahn

Galaxy Soho, Bejing
Designed by Zaha Hadid

Home For All, (Venice 2012 Architecture Biennale)
Designed by Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto, Kumiko, Inui and Toyo Ito

Ikea Disobedients, (Performed at MoMA PS1), New York
Designed by Andres Jaque Arquitectos

Kukje Art Centre, Seoul
Designed by SO-IL

La Tour Bois-Le-Pretre, Paris
Designed by Druot, Lacaton and Vassal

Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast
Designed by Hackett Hall McKnight

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Cleveland, USA
Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Museum of Innocence, Istanbul
Designed by Orhan Pamuk with Ihsan Bilgin, Cem Yucel and Gregor Sunder Plassmann

Thalia Theatre, Lisbon
Designed by Goncalo Byrne Arquitectos & Barbas Lopes Arquitectos

The Shard, London, UK
Designed by Renzo Piano

T-Site, Tokyo
Designed by Klein Dytham

Superkilen, Norrebro, Denmark
Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex


Candles In The Wind
Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer

City Tracking Pt 2
Designed by Stamen

Designed by Patrick Bergel

Dashilar App
Designed by Nippon Design Centre Inc.

Digital Postcard and Player
Designed by Uniform

English Hedgerow Plate
Designed by Jason Jameson, James Hall and Rhys Griffin of Unanico Group, with Andrew Tanner Design and Royal Winton

Free Universal Construction Kit
Designed by Free Art and Technology Lab and Sy-Lab

Gov.UK Website
Designed by Government Digital Service

Light Field Camera
Designed by Lytro

Superstitious Fund Project
Designed by Shing Tat Chung

Rain Room, (The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery)
Designed by rAndom International

Raspberry Pi Computer
Designed by Pete Lomas

Wind Map
Designed by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Bertini Viegas

Windows Phone 8
Designed by Microsoft

Zombies, Run! App
Designed by Six to Start



Written by Adam Thirlwell and designed by Studio Frith

Austria Solar Annual Report
Designed by Serviceplan

Australian Cigarette Packaging
Commissioned by Australian Government Department for Health and Ageing

Bauhaus: Art As Life Exhibition (Barbican Art Gallery)
Designed by A Practice For Everyday Life

Dekho: Conversations on Design in India
Designed by CoDesign

Doc Lisboa ’12
Designed by Pedro Nora

Made in Los Angeles: Work by Colby Poster Printing Co.
Designed by Anthony Burrill

Occupied Times Of London
Designed by Tzortzis Rallis and Lazaros Kakoulidis

Designed by Kapitza

Ralph Ellison Collection
Designed by Cordon Webb

Rijksmuseum Identity
Designed by Irma Boom

Strelka Institute Identity
Designed by OK-RM

The Gentlewoman #6
Designed by Veronica Ditting & Jop van Bennekom

Venice Architecture Biennale Identity
Designed by John Morgan

Zumtobel Annual Report
Designed by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor



Bang & Olufsen ‘Beolit 12’
Designed by Cecile Manz

Child Vision Glasses
Designed by The Centre for Vision in the Developing World and Goodwin Hartshorn

Designed by Simon Berry

Colour Porcelain
Designed by Scholten & Baijings/1616 Arita Japan

E- Source
Designed by Hal Watts

Faceture Vases
Designed by Phil Cuttance

Federic Malle Travel Sprays
Designed by Pierre Hardy

Flyknit Trainers
Designed by Nike

Kiosk 2.0
Designed by Unfold Studio

Liquiglide Ketchup Bottle
Designed by Dave Smith/Varanasi Research Group MIT

Little Printer
Designed by Berg

Little Sun
Designed by Olafur Eliasson

3D Printed Exoskeleton ‘Magic Arms’
Designed by Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia

Oigen Kitchenware
Designed by Jasper Morrison/Japan Creative

Olympic Cauldron
Designed by Heatherwick Studio

Papa Foxtrot Toys
Designed by PostlerFerguson

Plug Lamp
Designed by Form Us With Love

Replicator 2
Designed by MakerBot

Switch Collection
Designed by Inga Sempe for Legrand

Surface Tension Lamp
Designed by Front

Designed by Anthony Dickens

W127 Lamp
Designed by Dirk Winkel for Wastberg



Air Access Seat
Designed by Priestmangoode

Donky Bicycle
Designed by Ben Wilson

Exhibition Road
Designed by Dixon Jones / The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

i3 Concept Car
Designed by BMW

Mando Footloose Chainless Bicycle
Designed by Mark Sanders

Morph Folding Wheel
Designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc.

Designed by Honda

Olympics Wayfaring
Designed by TfL /JEDCO / LOCOG.