Design Museum announced the Designs of the Year 2015 category winners today. Very happy to see one of my favourites, Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables, is one of the winners. Click here to see my review of the exhibition.
The six category winners, chosen by a jury chaired by Anish Kapoor are:
ARCHITECTURE: UC INNOVATION CENTER – ANACLETO ANGELINI
Designed by ELEMENTAL
This open and eco-friendly university building in Santiago features a thermal mass on the perimeter and open air squares throughout. It creates the right environment for knowledge-creation and reduces energy costs by two-thirds.
DIGITAL: THE OCEAN CLEANUP
Designed by Boyan Slat, Jan de Sonneville PhD and Erwin Zwart
Calling itself ‘the largest clean up in history’, this project aims to use crowd funding to develop environmentally friendly, large-scale, and efficient removal of plastic pollution from aquatic ecosystems.
FASHION: THOMAS TAIT AW13/14
Designed by Thomas Tait
Central St Martins graduate Tait presented a technically and aesthetically skilled collection which combined colour, cut and materials with vision and confidence.
GRAPHICS: Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables
Designed by Marcel for Intermarché
An advertising campaign conceived to rehabilitate imperfect fruits and vegetables by celebrating the beauty of the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange or the failed lemon. Though they might be ugly looking, they are as good as any others, but 30% cheaper.
PRODUCT: HUMAN ORGANS-ON-CHIPS
Designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh
Scientists from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University have designed and fabricated microdevices lined with living human cells that mimic the complex tissue structures, functions and mechanical motions of whole organs. The chips promise to advance personalized medicine, accelerate drug discovery and decrease development costs.
TRANSPORT: GOOGLE SELF-DRIVING-CAR
Designed by YooJung Ahn, Jared Gross and Philipp Haban
A vehicle which drives itself at the push of a button. The car is intended to be simple, friendly, and practical, with some surprises, including a lack of steering wheel or pedals.
The six winning designs will now compete for the overall Design of the Year 2015 award. The overall winner will be announced in June. Previous overall winners of Designs of the Year have included the London 2012 Olympic Torch by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and, in 2009, the Barack Obama Poster by Shepard Fairey.
The six category winners for this year’s award, along with all of the other 70 nominated designs for 2015, are currently on display in an exhibition at the Design Museum, London. The Design Museum also announces today the exhibition has been extended until 31st March 2016.
The 2015 Designs of the Year jury are:
Anish Kapoor, Artist (Chair)
Hilary Alexander, Writer and stylist
Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
Farshid Moussavi, Architect and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Richard Woolley, Studio Director, Land Rover Design Research & Special Vehicle Operations
Members of the public can have their say on Designs of the Year in the Visitor Vote, which allows visitors to the Design Museum to pick their favourite design from the exhibition.
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