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Designs of the Year 2015
Now in its eighth year, Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.
This year's winner
Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015.
‘This winning design is a great example of how design is a collaborative practice embracing expertise and know how across disciplines. Its selection as Design of the Year 2015 also signifies a desire to recognise and award design that can significantly impact society now and in the future.’ - Gemma Curtin, Designs of the Year 2015 exhibition curator
Human Organs-on-Chips was nominated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA's Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, who called the project ‘the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application.’
Inside the Designs offers the visitor the opportunity to use the brand new Microsoft Lumia device and the specially designed app to access more information on each of the category winners, through photography, quotes and interviews with the jury as well the option to offer their own opinion on what makes a Design of the Year.
The 2015 Social Vote ran from 21 - 25 September to coincide with London Design Festival. The winner is Turn On by Joel Hoff for Wrong for Hay (formerly known as the Switch Light).
76 nominees over 6 categories
This category represents the fullest range of the build environment from small scale domestic to public parks.
A wide ranging category that includes projects that may touch on other categories but are included here because it is their digital dimension that makes them interesting.
Everything from student graduation shows to established fashion houses, this category includes the most important collections, accessories, fashion shows, exhibitions, films, costumes and individual pieces.
2D work where graphic design is the key to the project’s success – this could be beautifully executed packaging, books, magazines, identities, digital, films, animation, street art, exhibition design, posters or typefaces.
This category includes furniture for the first time this year. Unique and mass produced items including toys, packaging, lighting, technology, homewares and healthcare. A seemingly endless range of outstanding objects have been included in this category.
This category looks at more than planes, trains and automobiles (though, these are important too).
meet the jury
Born in New Zealand, Hilary Alexander OBE is the former Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph. She retired from the Telegraph in 2011, after 26 years, and has continued to work as a freelance stylist and writer, and is also the editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly.
Alexis Georgacopoulos is Director of ECAL- Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design Lausanne). Founded in 1821, ECAL regularly features among the world’s top 10 universities of art and design.
Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in 1954 in Bombay, he has lived in London since the early 1970s. Over the past thirty years he has exhibited extensively with solo shows at venues including: Kunsthalle Basel; Tate; Hayward Gallery; Reina Sofia, Madrid; CAPC in Bordeaux; Haus der Kunst, Munich; MAK, Vienna and Deutsche Guggenheim.
Farshid Moussavi is an architect, principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Educated at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, University College London and Dundee University, Moussavi has taught and served as External Examiner in academic institutions worldwide.
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