London Week: Designs of the Year

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  • 27.05.2010
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Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition 2010

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition 2010

“The best way to predict the future is to design it.” Buckminster Fuller’s words seem as topical as ever and have been aptly chosen to introduce one of the Design Museum’s current exhibitions: Sustainable Futures. The show runs until 5 September and is a welcome complement to the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year which runs until 31 October.

Though separate in design and space the two obviously share a common theme: the place of design innovation in our possible futures.

Designs of the Year
The exhibition is the culmination of a juried process in which winners are chosen from a shortlist of almost 100 designs from the fields of architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. Given the blurring of boundaries between these disciplines the show is structured following major themes: cultural heritage, everyday design, conceptual design, global & sustainable solutions, social enablement, emerging technologies and communication.

Concept Car Designs of the Year 2010

Concept car merging motorcycle and car to arrive at a cockpit-like driver/passenger space and leaning turn behaviours.

The quality of almost all of the featured projects is astounding and bodes well for your future. Whilst many of the conceptual efforts were impressive (as seen above) and undoubtedly useful to drive more practical applications, I was mostly drawn in by solutions that re-imagined existing objects or technologies to make them more effective, multi-purpose, attractive or less demanding of resources, energy or new materials.

Pallet furniture, Designs of the Year 2010

Pallet furniture: reusing discarded pallets to make functional, simple furniture


Solar oven Designs of the Year 2010

Solar oven: using solar power to boil water or cook bread in areas where access to electricity is difficult or intermittent

Some solutions were so simple they seemed obvious but lovely all the sameā€”and just as obviously an improvement to existing products.

Flower pot/bike locking Designs of the Year 2010

Flower pot designed to lock bicycles to it. The weight of the soil and pot make it effective as a theft deterrent.

Other solutions focussed on making cohabitating and communicating more accessible using various means.

PARCS office furniture Designs of the Year 2010

PARCs office furniture collection by Pearson Lloyd geared towards making working environments more dynamic and collaborative by incorporating modular open/private working spaces.

Highline Park Designs of the Year 2010

The amazing, surreal spaces of Highline Park in New York merging the old with the new, the urban with the natural.

Newspaper Club Designs of the Year 2010

The Newspaper Club facilitating the production of newspapers for people like you and me.

These are only a few of the items that were compelling to me but there were many more that intrigued, surprised and awed me. To anyone wondering whether design can solve what ails our world this exhibition offers a resounding yes.

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Please note photos are allowed at the Design Museum but all objects obviously belong to their respective creators.

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