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Beazley Designs of the Year

The annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition returns, providing a snapshot of the very best in innovative and exciting design from the past year.


What to expect

Now in its 10th year, the exhibition will bring together over 60 global projects across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Nominated by renowned academics, critics and designers each project has been recognised for its outstanding contribute to design.

The public vote will be open online from October 2017 and a jury of industry experts will decide on the award winners in January 2018.

Activism and protest has proven to be a strong theme in this year’s nominations, including the Pussyhat made and worn in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks and Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign for the Brexit referendum.

Booking information

Exhibition ticket prices
Adult £10
Student/concession £7.50*
Family (1 adult + 3 children) £17
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £24
Child (6 - 15 years) £5
Children under 6 years free
Members free

10% discount is applied when booking 10 or more tickets online. Alternatively, please contact the Bookings Office (Mon - Fri 10;00 to 17:00) on +44 20 3862 5937 or +44 20 3862 5900.

Become a member for unlimited free entry to all exhibitions.

*Concession tickets include seniors (over 60 years), the disabled and a companion and job seekers.

Last exhibition entry 17:00



This category features some of the most established new buildings, including Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré’s Lycée Schorge Secondary School, built from local sourced materials.


A wide ranging category that ranges from a text message service for refugees to the global sensation, Pokémon Go.


This year’s nominees features a wide range of themes, from the social justice craftivist movement, to up-cycled fashion and celebrity fashion.


A year of political unrest has proven to be a strong theme for this category, including the creation of a Refugee Nation Flag designed for the first ever Olympic refugee team.


This broad category includes the latest solution from IKEA for replacing screws and a craft beer inspired by the experience of African immigrants living in Europe.


The shortlist this year includes transport designs that explore self-driving, electric and energy efficient models and even a 3D printed bus.


Amanda Levete

Amanda Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning design and architecture studio. Recently completed projects include the V&A Museum Exhibition Road Quarter (2017) in London and Central Embassy (2017), a luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok on the former grounds of the British Embassy.

David Rowan

David Rowan is Editor-at-large and founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from to James Murdoch and David Cameron.

Gerry McGovern

Gerry McGovern is Chief Design Officer for Land Rover and a board member of Jaguar Land Rover. McGovern is responsible for the design directions strategy that has transformed the image and the fortunes of the Land Rover brand and taken it from the off road specialist manufacturer to the purveyor of luxury vehicles desired all over the world.

Marcus Engman

Marcus Engman is Design Manager at IKEA Range and Supply. Previous roles included working as a Communications and Interior Design Manager in Swedish stores and a Global Range Strategist and Marketing Manager (Retail) for IKEA Sweden. He founded his own retail agency, Kollo, in 2000.

Margaret Calvert

Margaret Calvert is a leading graphic designer, best known for her work with Kinneir on the design of Britain's radical new road signing system, officially launched in 1965. She is also known for the design of an integrated lettering and spacing system for signing NHS Hospitals, and the now privatised British Rail and British Airports Authority. In 1980 Calvert set up her own practice.

Ozwald Boateng

International Fashion Designer Ozwald Boateng is founder of the brand Ozwald Boateng – ‘Bespoke Couture Ltd’. Celebrating over 25 years in fashion, Ozwald Boateng conceived a new silhouette and palette for international menswear; creating a concept of style and luxury for men not previously envisaged but desired by men everywhere.

Michael Tchao

Michael Tchao serves as Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing for iPad, leading the group responsible for product planning, strategy and communications for Apple's industry-leading iPad product line. Prior to his return to Apple, Michael headed up Nike's Techlab.

About the exhibition designers

2D design: Micha Weidmann Studio

Micha Weidmann Studio is an art direction and design studio based in London since 2001.

The studio has developed a reputation for working with creators of high-end products to build their brands as well as for consulting with galleries on their exhibitions, publications and online presence.

The studio’s creative approach is based on Micha Weidmann’s background in Swiss typography and art direction defined through working with a diverse range of luxury brands.

3D design: Carmody Groarke

Award-winning architectural studio Carmody Groarke has been commissioned to complete the design for this year’s exhibition space.

The brief called for large unformed masses of sourced materials in which the nominated projects could be embedded to create a sense of raw materiality and monumentality. Carmody Groarke explored an organic form sloping up towards the ceiling like mountains of material, completely masking the interior walls of the gallery. The height and plan arrangement will create an immersive experience by forming a route of offset rooms and alcoves within which visitors will proceed through the exhibition.

The material, which is 100% recycled newspaper sprayed insulation, will create a stark juxtaposition to the hi-tech immateriality of many of the nominated designs. This traditional material used in a new and unusual way will create a fascinating and curious back drop to the designs on display.


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Media Partner

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Every day, Dezeen publishes a curated selection of the best international architecture, interiors and design projects plus breaking news, incisive features and compelling original video content.

Background image | Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, OMA