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Design Museum announce shortlist for Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

The Design Museum in London have announced the shortlist for the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2010. See full the shortlist below.


  • Brandhorst Museum, Munich, Germany, Sauerbruch Hutton
  • British Embassy, Warsaw, Poland, Tony Fretton Architects
  • High Line Park, New York, USA, James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Hutong Bubble 32, Beijing, China, MAD Architects
  • MAXXI, National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre Project, Melbourne, Australia, ARM
  • Monterrey Housing, Mexico, ELEMENTAL, Chile
  • Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany, David Chipperfield Architects and Julian Harrap Architects
  • Ningbo Historic Museum, Ningbo, China, Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio
  • Porchdog House Prototype, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, Marlon Blackwell Architect
  • Raven Row, London, UK, 6a Architects
  • Tea, Tenerife Espacio de Las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, Herzog & de Meuron
  • Youl Hwa Dang Book Hall, Paju Book City, South Korea, Florian Beigel and ARU London, Choi Jong-Hoon and NIA Seoul

Top: Mission One Motorcycle by Yves Behar
Above: Samsung 310 mini laptop by Noato Naoto Fukasawa


  • Accessories and Artefacts, Women’s Lives in Paris 1940-1944 Exhibition, France, Curated by the Musée Galliera for the Musée Jean Moulin
  • Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer ’10 and Spring/Summer ’10 Catwalk Presentation, France, Designed by Alexander McQueen
  • Balenciaga Spring/Summer ’10, France, Designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere
  • Balmain Jacket, France, Designed by Christophe Decarnin
  • Beth Ditto at Evans, UK, Designed by Beth Ditto and Lisa Marie Peacock
  • Boudicca Spring/Summer ’10 Real Girl Lookbook, UK, Boudicca
  • Christopher Kane Spring/Summer ’09, UK, Designed by Christopher Kane
  • Comme des Garçons’ Autumn/Winter 2009, Japan, Designed by Rei Kawakubo
  • Goggle Jacket ‘989–‘009, UK, Aitor Throup for C.P. Company
  • Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, Curated by Stephen Jones
  • Madeleine Vionnet, Puriste de la Mode Exhibition, Musée Mode et du Textile, Paris, France, Curated by Pamela Golbin, designed by Andrée Putman
  • Mad Men, USA, Production design by Dan Bishop

Above: Porch dog House Prototype, Bilox, Mississippi by Marlon & Bilox model homes


  • 360° Work Chair, Germany, Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Magis
  • Breathe Sofa, Australia, Designed by Helen Kontouris for Sunweave International
  • Carbon Fibre Chair, Japan, Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects
  • DBO Commode, UK, Designed by PearsonLloyd
  • Extrusions, UK, Designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio
  • Grassworks, Netherlands, Designed by Jair Straschnow
  • Houdini Armrest Chair, Germany, Designed by Stefan Diez for E15
  • Palindrome Series, UK, Designed by Peter Marigold
  • Pallet Furniture, UK, Designed by Nina Tolstrup
  • PARCS, UK, Designed by Pearson Lloyd for Bene
  • Polytopia, Australia, Designed by Lucas Chirnside
  • Repair Project, Lisbon, Portugal, Designed by Linda Brothwell for the British Council, UK
  • Setu Office Chair, Germany, Designed by Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller

Above: Palindrome by Peter Marigold


  • 032c Magazine, Germany, Art Direction by Mike Meiré
  • Altermodern: Tate Triennial Catalogue and Poster Design, UK, Designed by M/M (Paris)
  • Cafe of Equivalent$, UK, Designed by kennardphillipps
  • Corporate Diversity, Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy 1940-1970, Switzerland, Edited by Andres Janser and Barbara Junod
  • Gorilla, Netherlands, Designed by Herman van Bostelen, De Designpolitie and Lesley Moore
  • It’s Nice That, UK, Edited by Will Hudson and Alex Bec
  • PIG 05049, Netherlands, Written and designed by Christien Meindertsma
  • Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III, UK, Designed and published by FUEL Design and Publishing
  • The Happy Hypocrite, UK, Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life
  • The Indian Type Foundry, India, Designed by Peter Bilak, Rajesh Kejriwal and Satya Rajpurohit
  • The Newspaper Club, UK, Created by Ben Terrett
  • The New Yorker, 2 Nov 2009 Edition, USA, Designed by Chris Ware
  • Trillion Dollar Campaign, Zimbabwe, Designed by TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, South Africa for The Zimbabwean Newspaper
  • Typographic Trees, Crawley Library, UK, Designed by Gordon Young and Why Not Associates
  • Voltaic: Songs from the Volta Tour, France, Designed by M/M (Paris)
  • War Memorial, UK, Designed by Harry Pearce for the Science Museum, London
  • YCN Library, UK, Designed by The Klassnik Corporation for YCN
  • Yes, UK, Designed by Farrow Design for the Pet Shop Boys

Above: Honda EV-N Concept by Kanna Sumiyoshi


  • BBC iPlayer, UK, Designed by the BBC
  • Bloom, UK, Designed by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers
  • Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris, France, Designed by Evan Roth
  • Kindle 2, USA, Designed by
  • L-E-D-LED-L-ED, Japan, Designed by Dilight
  • onedotzero Festival Identity, UK, Designed by Karsten Schmidt and wieden + kennedy London
  • OpenFrameworks, USA, Developed by Zach Lieberman, Theodore Watson, Arturo Castro and the OF community
  • Pachube, UK, Designed by Haque Design + Research
  • Panda Eyes, UK, Designed by Jason Bruges Studio for World Wildlife Fund
  • The EyeWriter, USA, Created by Zach Lieberman, James Powderly, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Tony Quan, Theo Watson
  • The Incidental, UK, Concept by Daniel Charny

Above: Café of Equivalent$ by Peter Kennard & Cat Picton Philipps


  • Beehaus, UK, Designed by Omlet
  • Blanke Ark, Norway, Designed by Blueroom Designstudio, Innovativoli Industrialdesign and KADABRA Productdesign
  • Blown-fabric lanterns, Japan, Designed by Nendo
  • CASE Abyss, Norway, Designed by Abyssus Marine Services for SeaBed Geophysical
  • Clouds, France, Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat
  • Folding Plug, UK, Designed by Min-Kyu Choi
  • Hope Chandelier, Italy, Designed by Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan
  • Kyoto Box, Kenya, Designed by Jon Bohmer
  • L’Eau d’Issey ETTORE SOTTSASS Edition, France, Designed by Issey Miyake
  • PACT Underwear, USA, Designed by Yves Béhar
  • PlantLock, UK, Designed by the Front Yard Company
  • Real Time, Netherlands, Designed by Maarten Bass
  • Samsung N310 Mini Notebook, Japan, Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Samsung
  • Ski Helmet for Girls, Norway, Designed by Per Finne Industrial Design for Kari Traa
  • Soma, USA, Designed by Ayala Serfaty
  • Sugru, UK, Designed by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh
  • The Idea of a Tree, Austria, Designed by Katherine Mischer & Thomas Traxler
  • The Story of Stuff, USA, Written and narrated by Annie Leonard


  • Worldmade Sport Wheelchair, UK, Designed by David Constantine for Motivation
  • GINA Light Visionary Model, Germany, Designed by BMW
  • E430 Electric Aircraft, China, Designed and manufactured by Yuneec International
  • EV-N, Japan, Designed by Honda
  • Gocycle, UK, Designed and developed by Karbon Kinetics Ltd.
  • Land Glider, Japan, Designed by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
  • Mission One Superbike, USA, Designed by Yves Béhar for Mission Motors
  • Urbikes, Spain, Designed by Urbikes

Here's some more information from the Design Museum:


Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist announced across seven design categories

London, 18 January 2010: The third annual Brit Insurance Design Awards has produced another eclectic and progressive range of nominees; from beautiful Hutong Bubbles in Beijing to the BBC iPlayer, the 2010 shortlist reflects the comprehensive and international scope of the awards.

Industry experts have nominated the world’s most compelling and progressive designs across seven categories: Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product and Transport. Antony Gormley will chair the high profile jury which includes designer Tom Dixon, editor of Icon magazine Justin McGuirk, graphic designer Morag Myerscough, style editor of Grazia Magazine Paula Reed and editor of Wired magazine David Rowan.

The shortlist will be on show at the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition at the Design Museum from 17 February until 6 June. From this comprehensive list, the jury will select the seven category winners to be announced on 4 March. The finalists will then find out who will win the overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2010 at the Awards Dinner on 16 March.

Alex Newson, curator of the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition comments, “It’s interesting to see how themes of sustainability and social responsibility have emerged in this year nominations, revealing both the importance of economical and social change in design over the last twelve months. It’s a broad field and an exciting celebration of design.”

Brit Insurance Chief Executive, Dane Douetil, added, “We continue to marvel at the ways in which good design can improve people’s lives, from an elegant re- interpretation of the humble plug, to prototype houses for families who lost theirs in Hurricane Katrina. Alongside our two previous winners, One Laptop Per Child and the Obama campaign poster, we are sure the judges will select another future design classic as the winner of the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010.”