coming soon Exhibition

Beazley Designs of the Year

Explore what design can do.

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All nominated projects will be revealed on 20 October 2020.

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What to expect

Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

Experience the best moments in design from January 2019 to the moment global attention shifted in late January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

Discover futuristic technology for health and sanitisation, explore projects tackling inequality and racism and dive into questions around water and food security including mainstream veganism.

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from the curator

'Beazley Designs of the Year, will offer a vital chance to recap where we were when the virus took hold. It will require careful construction and precise story telling in order to establish the big themes and preoccupations from that period. The show will be arranged chronologically, suggesting a countdown from January 2019 to the moment our attention shifted in late January 2020. More than merely an assessment of the past, it will be a frame for exploring the future.'

Emily King, curator of Beazley Designs of the Year 2020

Meet the Judges

Razia Iqbal, Broadcast Journalist at BBC News - Chair

Razia Iqbal has worked as a foreign correspondent, a political correspondent and was the BBC’s Arts correspondent on radio and TV, for ten years. She currently presents two flagship international current affairs programmes on radio: Newshour on the BBC World Service and The World Tonight on Radio 4, as well as Witness History on the News Channel.

Samuel Ross, Founder and Creative Director of A-COLD-WALL*

Samuel Ross, winner of Hublot Design Prize 2019, has become a household name since first launching A-COLD-WALL* in 2015 which in 2017, was one of the NEWGEN recipients. The label was a finalist for the ANDAM grand prize award in 2018, and again for the LVMH Prize. Samuel Ross has also turned his hand to curating living spaces by way of Samuel Ross & Associates.

Camille Walala, Artist

Born in France, based in East London and working worldwide, Camille Walala is an artist who takes joy seriously. Known for ambitious and large-scale interventions in public spaces from Mayfair to Mauritius, she uses the man-made landscape as a platform for disseminating positivity. Camille finds inspiration in community and collaboration, and the power or colour and pattern to transform atmospheres, elevate moods and spark positivity.

Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er

Seetal Solanki is the Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er, a relational practice focused on building and bridging kinships between ourselves, materials, the immaterial and virtual. Author of "Why Materials Matter" (2018) and a Textiles Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. She was made an Honorary Fellow at Hereford College of the Arts and received her Fellowship at the RSA in 2018 and holds an MA in Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins.

Matt Jones, Principal Designer at Google AI

Matt Jones has been designing digital products and services since 1995. In 1997, he was creative director for the launch of BBC News Online; following this, he worked at Nokia, co-founded digital travel startup, and was a prinicipal at BERG. In 2013, he moved to New York City to join Google Creative Lab, where projects he worked on included Google Expeditions and Sun Roof, returning to London as part of Google’s Research division in 2016.

Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic at Financial Times

Edwin Heathcote is the Architecture and Design Critic for The Financial Times. He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including 'The Meaning of Home'. He is the founder and editor of Readingdesign,org, a non-profit free-to-access online archive of critical writing on design and is the Keeper of Meaning at The Cosmic House, the house museum of Charles Jencks.

Dr Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Co-Director of the Executive MSc in Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003.

Exhibition Design

Veronica Ditting

The 2D design of this year's exhibition has been created by Veronica Ditting, Creative Director of her namesake studio and the award-winning biannual women’s magazine The Gentlewoman. Her editorial approach has produced a strong graphic framework to help tell the design story of 2019.

Portrait courtesy of SSENSE. Photography by Ollie Adegboye.

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last year

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