Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition
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Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

An exhibition of projects nominated for Designs of the Year including Zaha Hadid's table inspired by a glacier and a stool made on a fishing trawler (above) opens tomorrow at London's Design Museum.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Louis Vuitton Collection by Yayoi Kusama

The showcase features designs put forward for the museum's Designs of the Year awards, recognised in seven categories: architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Well Proven Chairs by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel

Shortlisted projects include a stool made from plastic collected from the sea, a portable 3D printer and  a superstitious robot that trades on the stock market  - read the full shortlist here.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Gravity Stool by Jolan Van Der Wiel

Winners in each category and an overall winner will be announced in April, with the exhibition continuing until 7 July.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Autumn Winter 2012 Collection by Craig Green

The exhibition was designed by London studio Faudett-Harrison, who have displayed the projects against neutral tiles, black worktops and occasional yellow surfaces.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: A-Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay

Photography is by Luke Hayes.

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Here's the press release from the Design Museum:


Shard, Olympic Cauldron and a non-stick ketchup bottle: Design Museum 2013 Designs of the Year.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition runs from 20 March to 7 July 2013.

The Design Museum announces the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year. They include the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished nominators, the awards compile the most original and exciting designs, prototypes and designers in the world today – brought together in a Design Museum exhibition from 20 March – 7 July 2013.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Liquid Glacial Table by Zaha Hadid

Consisting of over 90 nominations, this year’s contest include the celebrated Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio; Western Europe’s tallest building – The Shard designed by Renzo Piano; the boutique boat-shaped hotel room – A 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 Gov.uk website.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Future Primitives by Muller Van Severen

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.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Proenza Schouler Autumn Winter 2012 Collection by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough

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.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: E-Source by Hal Watts

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.

Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum

Above: Zumtobel Annual Report by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor

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.