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Shortlist for Designs of the Year awards

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist for the first Brit Insurance Design of the Year Awards - a new annual exhibition and awards programme that replaces the controversial Designer of the Year award.

One hundred designs in seven categories have been shortlisted in categories of architecture, graphics, furniture, product, fashion, transport and interaction design. Top image: Ippei Matsumoto, Ten Key Calculator, IDEA

International (Japan) Above: Anthony Dickens, Fifty Table Light (UK)

All shortlisted designs will be exhibited at the Design Museum in London from 13 February to 27 April. Above: Yohei Kuwano, Muji, Wind Up Radio (Japan)

The winners for each category will be announced on 11 March, and the overall winner announced at an awards ceremony on 18 March. Above: Campana Brothers, Transplastic series, Albion Gallery

Above: Peter Marigold, Make/Shift Shelving, Movisi

Here is the full shortlist:


  • Thomas Heatherwick, East Beach Café (Littlehampton, UK)
  • Micael Rojkind, Chocolate Museum (Mexico City)
  • KOKO Architects, Fahle Building (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • Studio Archea, Municipal Library (Nembro, Italy)
  • Coop Himmel-blau, BMW Welt (Germany)
  • SANAA, The New Museum (New York, USA)
  • Eduardo Arroyo, Casa Levene (Spain)
  • Adjaye/ Associates, Stephen Lawrence Centre (Lewisham, UK)
  • Hertzog De Meuron, Beijing Stadium – Beijing Olympics (Beijing, China)
  • MAD Studio, MA Yansong, the Hong Luo CLUB (Beijing, China)
  • Zaha Hadid Architects, Nordpark Cable Railway (Innsbruck, Austria)
Above: Komplot, Nobody Chair
Above: Komplot, Nobody Chair


  • Non-Format, Vroom Magazine, Association of Illustrators edited by Adrian Shaughnessy
  • Peter Bilak, Greta family typeface
  • Jeremy Leslie, Magculture website
  • Various, Penguin Classics Deluxe edition, Penguin
  • Initiative by Sao Paulo municipal, Clean City Law
  • Jonathan Ellery, Unrest Exhibition, The Wapping Project
  • Mike Mills, Silently
  • Titus Nemeth, Nassim ( a Latin/ Arabic script)
  • Norm, Swiss Bank Note (Bank of Switzerland)
  • AMO, Prada Prototypes Auction, Prada
  • Olafur Eliasson, Your House, Kremo
  • Jop van Bennekom, The Butt Book, Butt Magazine
  • Daniel Mason, Monograph, for Creative Review
  • Peter Saville, Kate Moss brand logo
  • The Partners, The Grand Tour, National Gallery
  • Gary Huswitt, Helvetica documentary
  • The Museum Fur Gestaltung, Zurich’s exhibition poster series
  • Peter Saville, Sticker for Creative Review
  • Ian Cartidge, Cartlidge Levene – Wayfinding, Selfridges, Oxford Street
  • Paul McAnnelly, Hawaii, Designersblock Illustrate and designers Block Graphics
  • Guang Yu, MEWE Design Alliance, 2007, Adidas catalogue
  • APFEL (A practice for everyday life), Identity for Performa, New York

Above: Giles Deacon, Spring/ Summer ’08 (UK)


  • Ronald Fraga, Autumn/ Winter ’07 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Ma Ke, Wy Yong (Useless) (China)
  • Danielle Scutt, Spring/ Summer ’07 (UK)
  • Osman Yousefzada, Autumn/ Winter ‘07/’08 (UK)
  • Peter Ingerswen, Noir Collection, Illuminati (UK)
  • John Galliano, Spring/ Summer Haute Couture, Dior (France)
  • Hussein Chalayan, Autumn/ Winter ’07 (UK) – also in Interactive
  • Raf Simmons, Spring/ Summer ’08, Jill Sander (Germany/ Italy)
  • Dai Fujiwara, Spring/ Summer ’08, Issey Miyake (Japan)
  • Uniqlo, cashmere project with Pantone, Japan (UK)
  • Nick Knight/ Simon Foxton, Cover Shoot, Summer/ Autumn ’07, Arena Homme Magazine (UK)
  • Pierre Hardy, Fashion Accessories Spring/ Summer ’08 (US/ France)
  • Yves Saint Laurent, Downtown tote bag (France)
  • Giles Deacon, Spring/ Summer ’08 (UK)

Above: Dai Fujiwara, Spring/ Summer ’08, Issey Miyake (Japan)



  • Anthony Dickens, Fifty Table Light (UK)
  • Toyo Ito, Mayhuana Light, Yamagiwa (Japan)
  • Barber Osgerby, Tab Light, Flos (Italy/ UK)
  • Jasper Morrison, Smithfield Light, Flos (Italy/ UK)
  • Ron Arad, Cobb Light, iGuzzini (Italy/ UK)
  • Jonathan Ive + Team, iPhone Mobile Phone, Apple (USA)
  • Toshio Iwai, Tenori-on Musical Instrument, Yamaha (Japan)
  • Naoto Fukasawa, Infobar2 Mobile Phone, KDDI (Japan)
  • Tokuhin Yoshioka, Media Skin Mobile Phone (Japan)
  • Nintendo, Wii Game Console
  • Plus Minus Zero, Electronic Calculator
  • Ippei Matsumoto, Ten Key Calculator, IDEA International (Japan)
  • Ross Lovegrove, Moun Loudspeakers
  • Yves Bhehar, A Laptop per Child/ $100 Laptop, Quanta Computer (USA/ China)
  • Yohei Kuwano, Led Torch, Muji (Japan)
  • Yohei Kuwano, Muji, Wind Up Radio (Japan)
  • Solo Bin (Denmark)
  • Jasper Morrison, Refrigerator, Samsung (Korea/ UK)
  • Gear Wrench, XL Xbeam Spanner, (USA)
Above: Ma Ke, Wy Yong (Useless) (China)
Above: Ma Ke, Wy Yong (Useless) (China)



  • Ineke Hans, Neo-Country Chair, Cappellini
  • Philippe Starck, Moor Chair, Driade
  • Patricia Urquiola, Volant Armchair, Moroso
  • Martino Gamper, 100 Chairs in 100 Days
  • FRONT, Sketch Furniture
  • Campana Brothers, Transplastic Series, Albion Gallery
  • Tokuhin Yoshioka, Panna Chair, Moroso
  • Thomas Heatherwick, Piggyback table, Magis
  • Ron Arad, Wavy Chair, Moroso
  • Henrik Tjaerby, Bambu Table and Chairs, Artek
  • Peter Marigold, Make/Shift Shelving, Movisi
  • Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Facett Sofa and Chairs, Ligne-Roset
  • El Ultimo Grito, Bench System, Casa Encendida Madrid
  • Barber Osgerby, Saturn Coat Stand
  • Komplot, Nobody Chair (stackable)
Above: POKE, Unlimited Web Page, Orange
Above: POKE, Unlimited Web Page, Orange



  • United Visual Artists, Volume; One Point Six, V&A (UK)
  • Paul Cocksedge, Private View (UK/ Italy)
  • POKE, Unlimited Web Page, Orange
  • Trulia Hindsight website by Stamen, (USA)
  • (US)
  • Fixmystreet (UK)
  • Klaus Obermaier/LPO, Rites for Royal Festival Hall (UK, Germany)
  • TED website
  • Ross Phillips, Showstudio – The Replenishing Body Kiosk (UK)
  • Usman Haque, Burble London (UK)
Above: Paul Cocksedge, Private View
Above: Paul Cocksedge, Private View



  • JCDecaux, Velib Communal Bicycles (Paris, France)
  • Fiat 500 (Italy)
  • Tom Tom Go 720 portable Sat Nav device (UK)
  • Paul Priestman & Airbus, fit-outs for Airbus (for various airlines) (UK)
  • Wheel Chair for Kids for Meyra Ortopedia (Germany)
  • Skysail (Germany)
  • Streetcar (UK)
  • Extension of Congestion Charging (UK)
  • Christoph Behling, Serpentine Boat (UK)

Above: United Visual Artists, Volume; One Point Six, V&A (UK)

Below is some information about the exhibition and awards from the Design Museum:


Inaugural Exhibition and Awards Celebrating the Best in International Design Over Last 12 Months

Above: Paul McAnnelly, Hawaii, Designersblock, Illustrate and designers Block Graphics
Above: Paul McAnnelly, Hawaii, Designersblock, Illustrate and designers Block Graphics

The Design Museum is delighted to announce an exciting new annual exhibition and awards to celebrate the most innovative and progressive international design over the last 12 months – the first ever Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition and Brit Insurance Design Awards.

Above: Gary Huswitt, Helvetica documentary

Nominated by a team of internationally respected design experts including Nick Knight, Philipp Rode and Wayne Hemmingway, the comprehensive shortlist reflecting the best designs of the last 12 months is announced today.

Above: Guang Yu, MEWE Design Alliance, 2007, Adidas catalogue

This spans seven categories to cover all design disciplines: Architecture, Graphics, Fashion, Product, Furniture, Interactive and Transport.

Above: SANAA, The New Museum, New York (photographer: Dean Kaufman)

The shortlist of 100 designs will be on show at the inaugural Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum from 13 February until 27 April 2008.

Above: Micael Rojkind, Chocolate Museum, Mexico City

Designs range from Thomas Heatherwick’s East Beach Café, to SANAA’s New Museum, New York; United Visual Artists’ Volume; One Point Six (3D installation at the V&A) to the Fiat 500 and JCDecaux’s Velib Communal Bicycles, Paris.



Above: KOKO Architects, Fahle Building , Talinn, Estonia

The Brit Insurance Design Awards will recognise the very best in the seven categories, with individual category award winners announced on 11 March to then go forward to compete to be the overall winner, which will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 18 March.

Above: Streetcar (UK)

This year’s shortlist will be judged by a high profile panel including Nadja Swarovski, Rolf Fehlbaum and Antonio Citterio.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said: “We are delighted to be working with Brit Insurance to make possible what will be one of the key parts of the Design Museum’s programme for the future. Their generous sponsorship will make possible the most authoritative international design award in the world and an accompanying unique, annual exhibition putting together the best of contemporary design in one place.”

Above: Christoph Behling, Serpentine Boat (UK)

Brit Insurance Chief Executive, Dane Douetil said: “The Brit Insurance Design Awards and Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition are an exciting and important new development for us. There is a very clear link between good design and the management of risk, which is critical to our business as insurers. We look forward to working closely with the Design Museum over the coming years and firmly establishing our mutual association with design excellence.”

Above: Andrew Nahum, Fiat 500 (Italy)

Curator Nina Due applauded the strength and diversity of the first shortlist, with nominations for many well recognised designs from 2007 as well as a wide selection that have not as yet had their work seen on such an international platform.