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Latest News – Designs of the Year 2014


Each year the Design Museum unveils its nominations for the Designs of the Year – showcasing exceptional international design which ranges from fashion and furniture to digital and graphic innovation. We couldn’t wait to head down and see the cutting-edge talent on show this year.

This year 76 nominees were chosen to present their designs. The diversity between each is astounding and truly represents the best in global creativity. Nominees include world-renowned designers as well as start-ups and university students; the diverse range of designs include ‘The Dumb Ways to Die’ app which encourages rail safety to sustainable floating schools. Some of our other favourite entries include:

The PET Lamp Project, designed by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon, makes use of discarded plastic bottles that have been washed down the Amazon River and are then weaved into lampshades.

Shoes designed by Tracey Neuls aim to be casual, dress shoes and sports shoes all in one. They are made with a piece of reflective material which turns them from classic day and work shoes into an additional safety tool for cyclists.

The Totemic Collection, designed by textile graduate Sadie Williams, consists of an array of stiff A-line dresses that are made out of a textile that she developed, known as ‘Jumbo-lurex’. Williams transformed the normally flimsy lurex by heating, printing and embossing the material.

The Lego Calendar is a wall-mounted time planner intended for a studio. Designed by Adrian Westaway, Clara Gaggero, Duncan Fitzsimons and Simon Emberton, the idea is that the colour-coded bricks represent time spent on projects. The calendar can also be programmed through smartphones to sync to online planners.

The Designs of the Year 2014 exhibition runs from 26th March through to 25th August. Category winners will be announced next month and then the overall winner chosen in May. With the immense diversity of innovative, forward-thinking design we certainly would not like to be the ones to choose a winner!