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Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Brit Insurance Design Awards 2008 winners

13 February 2008 – 27 April 2008

"Hugely engaging"

The first in an annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds. Selected from around the world, Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2008 presented 100 projects nominated by a group of internationally respected design experts, curators, critics, practitioners and enthusiasts. These projects fell within seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. The exhibition gave an overview of the most significant achievements in design and architecture in 2008, whether they were projects by a practice, a team or an individual.

An international jury, each with expertise in their respective fields, selected category winners for the Brit Insurance Design Awards, recognising the best of contemporary design from around the world in each category as well as an overall winner.

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Brit Insurance Design Award 2008
One Laptop Per Child, design by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject, for OLPC & Quanta Computer Inc.

Category winners
Brit Insurance Architecture Award
National Stadium: the Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, architect: Herzog & de Meuron, client: National Stadium Co. Ltd Beijing, China

Brit Insurance Fashion Award
Airborne Autumn/Winter 07, design by Hussein Chalayan

Brit Insurance Furniture Award
100 Chairs in 100 Days, design and manufacture by Martino Gamper

Brit Insurance Graphics Award
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, Creative director Paul Buckley and co art director Helen Yentus, design by various artists for Penguin Group USA

Brit Insurance Interactive Award
Burble London, design by Haque Design + Research Ltd, with Seth Garlock and Rolf Pixley

Brit Insurance Product Award
One Laptop Per Child, design by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject, for OLPC & Quanta Computer Inc.

Brit Insurance Transport Award
Mex-x, wheelchair for children by Meyra- Ortopedia Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH

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