Design Museum: Designs of the Year 2012

February 29th, 2012

Designs of the year

The longlist for the fifth annual Designs of the Year competition is currently on show at the Design Museum and here are my speculative and almost certainly inaccurate predictions for who could be celebrating when the winners are announced on 24 April.

Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins

Architecture: the Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins Architects lost out to Zaha Hadid‘s Grace Academy at last year’s Stirling Prize but deserves recognition as an understated yet iconic champion of the upcoming Olympics.

Homeplus virtual store by Tesco

Digital: this is a strong category this year but, for me the Homeplus Tesco Virtual Store in Seoul just edges it for the potential impact it could have on future consumer habits.

Wedding dress by Sarah Burton

Fashion: another strong category, with outstanding entries from Gareth Pugh and Issey Miyake, but I’m giving it to Alexander McQueen and, of the two nominated projects featuring his name I’ll go for Sarah Burton’s frock for the Royal wedding over the excellent Savage Beauty show at New York’s Costume Institute.

Tip Ton chair by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Furniture: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby‘s Tip Ton chair is the most innovative in this category.

Comedy Carpet by Gordon Young and Why Not Associates

Graphics: good to see the simple but beautiful identity by Spin for Matthew Hilton nominated but my pick is the expansive Comedy Carpet in Blackpool by Gordon Young and Why Not Associates.

Solar Sinter by Marcus Kayser

Product: Markus Kayser‘s Solar Sinter has had exceptional press since it was presented at the RCA Show last summer and its original spin on a contemporary technology might just help it beat the more ‘worthy’ entrants in this category.

787 Dreamliner by Boeing

Transport: the focus is usually on sustainability in this category but a bit of common sense, beauty and luxury might just enable the 787 Dreamliner by Boeing to scoop the prize.

Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins2

Overall: three of the previous four winners have come from the Product category but I think it could be the year of Architecture or Fashion and I’ll give it to the Olympic Velodrome as an enduring icon of intelligent Olympic architecture.


1 Comment on “Design Museum: Designs of the Year 2012”

  1. Ian Crawford says:

    Cheers Alyn, interesting to see what has been nominated.

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