The passports are displayed in a wood-lined gallery in the large atrium of the museum's new home – the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, which was remodelled by John Pawson, OMA and Allies and Morrison.
Each passport is presented on a custom-made plinth designed by graphic design studio Alexander Boxill.
His winning proposal stands in the centre of the installation. It features a tonal gradient on its cover, with the blue upper half seeping over the maroon lower half.
The jury, which included Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, described the simple design as poetic, powerful, elegant and ambiguous.
The second-placed design, by London industrial design studio Special Projects, reinvents the traditional passport for the clubbing generation. The studio gave it an iridescent cover, a shoulder strap and visa pages featuring foreign phrases.
Photography is by Luke Hayes.