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Designs of the Year 2013

Designs of the Year 2013 nominees

20 March 2013 – 07 July 2013

Visitor Vote

The votes are in from the Design Museum's Designs of the Year Visitor Vote, chosen by you. After a close couple of weeks, the results are as follows:

1ST | Child Vision Glasses with 486 votes, designed by The Centre for Vision in the Developing World and Goodwin Hartshorn.

2ND | 3D printed Exoskeleton 'magic arms' with 231 votes, designed by Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

3RD | Liquidglide Ketchup Bottle with 114 votes, designed by Kripa Varanasi, Dave Smith, Varanasi Research Group MIT.

"The Centre for Vision in the Developing World has had some extremely talented engineers and designers working on our Child ViSion eyeglasses, and we are quite delighted to have won the popular vote" - Joshua Silver, Centre for Vision in the Developing World

With thanks to the Visitor Vote Media Partners:
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The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world' showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product.

Winner of Design of the Year 2013:
Designed by Government Digital Service

Category winners:

Designed by Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Designed by Konstantin Grcic for

Designed by John Morgan Studio

Products: KIT YAMOYO
Designed by ColaLife and PI Global

Designed by Vitamins for
Maddak Inc.

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Designs of the Year 2013 nominations:


A Room For London, (Southbank Centre), UK
Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner

Astley Castle, Warwickshire, UK
Designed by Witherford Watson Mann

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Holland
Designed by MVRDV

Clapham Library, London, UK
Designed by Studio Egret West

Four Freedoms Park, New York, USA
Designed by Louis Kahn

Galaxy Soho, Bejing
Designed by Zaha Hadid

Home For All, (Venice 2012 Architecture Biennale)
Designed by Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto, Kumiko, Naoya Hatakeyama, Inui and Toyo Ito

Ikea Disobedients, (Performed at MoMA PS1), New York
Designed by Andrés Jaque Arquitectos

Kukje Art Centre, Seoul
Designed by SO - IL

Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast
Designed by Hackett Hall McKnight

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Cleveland, USA
Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Museum of Innocence, Istanbul
Designed by Orhan Pamuk with Ihsan Bilgin, Cem Yucel and Gregor Sunder Plassmann

Thalia Theatre, Lisbon
Designed by Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos & Barbas Lopes Arquitectos

The Shard, London, UK
Designed by Renzo Piano

T-Site, Tokyo
Designed by Klein Dytham

Superkilen, Nørrebro, Denmark
Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex


Candles In The Wind
Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer

City Tracking Pt 2
Designed by Stamen

Designed by Patrick Bergel

Dashilar App
Designed by Nippon Design Centre Inc.

Digital Postcard and Player
Designed by Uniform

English Hedgerow Plate
Designed by Jason Jameson, James Hall and Rhys Griffin of Unanico Group, with Andrew Tanner Design and Royal Winton

Free Universal Construction Kit
Designed by Free Art and Technology Lab and Sy-Lab

Light Field Camera
Designed by Lytro

Superstitious Fund Project
Designed by Shing Tat Chung

Rain Room, (The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery)
Designed by rAndom International

Raspberry Pi Computer
Designed by Raspberry Pi Foundation

Wind Map
Designed by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Bertini Viegas

Windows Phone 8
Designed by Microsoft

Zombies, Run! App
Designed by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman


A/W12 Collection
Designed by Craig Green

A/W12 Womenswear
Designed by Giles Deacon

Anna Karenina Costumes
Designed by Jacqueline Durran

Commes De Garçons RTW A/W12
Designed by Rei Kawakubo

I Want Muscle
Directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock

Louis Vuitton Collection
Designed by Yayoi Kusama

Prada S/S12 RTW Collection
Designed by Miuccia Prada

Proenza Schouler A/W12 Collection
Designed by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough


100 Chairs
Designed by Marni

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Engineering Temporality
Designed by Studio Markunpoika

Future Primitives
Designed by Muller Van Severen

Gravity Stool
Designed by Jolan Van Der Wiel

Liquid Glacial Table
Designed by Zaha Hadid

Re-Imagined Chairs
Designed by Studiomama (Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama)

Tié Paper Chair
Designed by Pinwu

The Sea Chair
Designed by Studio Swine & Kieren Jones

Well Proven Chair
Designed by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel


Written by Adam Thirlwell and designed by Studio Frith

Austria Solar Annual Report
Designed by Serviceplan

Australian Cigarette Packaging
Commissioned by Australian Government Department for Health and Ageing

Bauhaus: Art As Life Exhibition (Barbican Art Gallery)
Designed by A Practice For Everyday Life

Dekho: Conversations on Design in India
Designed by CoDesign

Doc Lisboa '12
Designed by Pedro Nora

Made in Los Angeles: Work by Colby Poster Printing Co.
Designed by Anthony Burrill

Occupied Times Of London
Designed by Tzortzis Rallis and Lazaros Kakoulidis

Designed by Kapitza

Ralph Ellison Collection
Designed by Cardon Webb

Rijksmuseum Identity
Designed by Irma Boom

Strelka Institute Identity
Designed by OK-RM

The Gentlewoman #6
Designed by Veronica Ditting & Jop van Bennekom

Zumtobel Annual Report
Designed by Brighten the Corners and Anish Kapoor


Bang & Olufsen 'Beolit 12'
Designed by Cecilie Manz

Child Vision Glasses
Designed by The Centre for Vision in the Developing World and Goodwin Hartshorn

Colour Porcelain
Designed by Scholten & Baijings/1616 Arita Japan

E- Source
Designed by Hal Watts

Faceture Vases
Designed by Phil Cuttance

Frederic Malle Travel Sprays
Designed by Pierre Hardy

Flyknit Trainers
Designed by Nike

Kiosk 2.0
Designed by Unfold Studio

Liquiglide Ketchup Bottle
Designed by Dave Smith/Varanasi Research Group MIT

Little Printer
Designed by Berg

Little Sun
Designed by Olafur Eliasson

3D Printed Exoskeleton 'Magic Arms'
Designed by Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware

Oigen Kitchenware
Designed by Jasper Morrison/Japan Creative

Olympic Cauldron
Designed by Heatherwick Studio

Papa Foxtrot Toys
Designed by PostlerFerguson

Plug Lamp
Designed by Form Us With Love

Replicator 2
Designed by MakerBot

Switch Collection
Designed by Inga Sempe for Legrand

Surface Tension Lamp
Designed by Front

Designed by Anthony Dickens

W127 Lamp
Designed by Dirk Winkel for Wästberg


Air Access Seat
Designed by Priestmangoode

Donky Bicycle
Designed by Ben Wilson

Exhibition Road
Designed by Dixon Jones / The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

i3 Concept Car
Designed by BMW

Mando Footloose Chainless Bicycle
Designed by Mark Sanders

Designed by Honda

Olympics Wayfinding
Designed by TfL /JEDCO / LOCOG/Minale Tattersfield

Touch & Travel
Designed by DB Mobility Logistics AG



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