Designs of the Year Nominations 2013 – Full List

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 nominations:


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, Naoya Hatakeyama, Inui and Toyo Ito

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

Kukje Art Centre, Seoul
Designed by SO – IL

La Tour Bois-Le-Prêtre, 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 Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos & Barbas Lopes Arquitectos

The Shard, London, UK
Designed by Renzo Piano

T-Site, Tokyo
Designed by Klein Dytham

Superkilen, Nørrebro, 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 Raspberry Pi Foundation

Wind Map
Designed by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Bertini Viegas

Windows Phone 8
Designed by Microsoft

Zombies, Run! App
Designed by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman


A/W12 Collection
Designed by Craig Green

A/W12 Womenswear
Designed by Giles Deacon

Anna Karenina Costumes
Designed by Jacqueline Durran

Commes De Garçons 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 Bouroullec 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)

Tié 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


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 Cardon 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 Cecilie 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

Frederic 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 Wilmington, Delaware

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 Wästberg


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 Wayfinding
Designed by TfL /JEDCO / LOCOG

Touch & Travel

Designed by DB Mobility Logistics AG

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