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Beazley Designs of the Year 2016

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The Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition was curated by Gemma Curtin, the Design Museum

Beazley Design of the Year: Better Shelter
Beazley Architecture Design of the Year: Better Shelter

Beazley Graphic Design of the Year: Blackstar
Beazley Product Design of the Year: Space Cup
Beazley Fashion Design of the Year: Kids vs Fashion
Beazley Transport Design of the Year: Lumos Helmet
Beazley Public Vote Design of the Year: Joto


Timelapse | Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition

Take a quick look back at the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition, which took place from 24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017 and was curated by Gemma Curtin, the Design Museum.

Beazley Designs of the Year

Opening video from the Beazley Designs of the Year awards night.

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Timelapse | Better Shelter installation on Exhibition Road

Beazley Design of the Year

Video by | Luke Hayes

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What they are saying

"The exhibition is an exploration of the breadth of ideas which constitute design, and the breadth of people who contribute towards creating them"- Design Week

"We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea." Time Out

"It's a worthy, endlessly intriguing offering, and an insightful snapshot of just how forward thinking our creative industries are in 2016." Wallpaper

"Now in its ninth year, the award and its exhibition have become a kind of ‘state of the nation’ for design – a fascinating way to gauge the current focus areas of the design world, as well as reflecting wider cultural and societal issues." WGSN

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nominees over 6 categories


This category represents the fullest range of the built environment from small scale domestic to public parks.

Arena for Learning, UTEC, Lima, Peru

A university campus in Lima, Peru, inspired by the surrounding landscape

Designers: Grafton Architects

Better Shelter

Using innovation to create a safer, more dignified home away from home for millions of displaced persons across the world

Designers: Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicolò Barlera

Design That Saves Lives

This structural safety assessment project was in response to the collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh which killed 1,100 workers.

Designers: Arup

Dreamland Margate

This attraction has been reimagined with retro-fitted rides, vintage amusements and now welcomes a new generation of visitors.

Designers: HemingwayDesign

Fondazione Prada

The new Milan venue of Fondazione Prada combines seven existing buildings with three new structures: the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the 1910’s.

Designers: OMA

Granby Workshop

Granby Workshop is a social enterprise making experimental products for homes that has grown out of the community-led rebuilding of the Granby neighbourhood.

Designers: Assemble

Harbin Opera House

Harbin Opera House is an extension of the Songhua River—a series of undulating lines that integrate the sinuous landscape into a formal building mass.

Designers: MAD Architects

Nida house in Navidad (Chile)

A detached house located in the Chilean coastline, Nida house is elevated in three levels which captures the distant Pacific Ocean.

Designers: Pezo von Ellrichshausen


A housing complex on the border of UCLA’s campus, the design of SL11024 seamlessly engages its historically sensitive site and challenging hillside topography.

Designers: Lorcan O' Herlihy Architects

Sustainable Housing

A project to create a housing prototype with spatial and material qualities at an affordable price.

Designers: Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

The Green, Nunhead

A new public building which accommodates the events, exchange and collaboration that constitutes contemporary Nunhead’s community life.

Designers: AOC

Tate Modern Switch House

This new development connects Southwark with the Thames and provides much improved open, public space around the building.

Designers: Herzog & de Meuron

VIA 57 West

A hybrid between the European perimeter block and the traditional Manhattan high-rise that creates a new typology: the “courtscraper.”

Designers: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group


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.

Casa Jasmina

Exploring the concept of ‘the internet of things in the home’, Casa Jasmina combines Italian furniture craft with open-source electronics.

Designers: Bruce Sterling, Massimo Banzi, Lorenzo Romagnoli, Alessandro Squatrito, Jasmina Tesanovic

In the Eyes of the Animal

In the Eyes of the Animal enables viewers to place themselves in the body of a forest animal and experience a different outlook using augmented reality.

Designers: Marshmallow Laser Feast

Moth Generator

A twitterbot application that creates a series of illustrated moths that are tweeted sporadically throughout the day.

Designers: Katie Rose Pipkin and Loren Schmidt


OpenSurgery provides a do-it-yourself surgical tool to potentially support a more accessible alternative to the increasingly expensive health services worldwide.

Designers: Design Interactions department of the Royal College of Art


Project phonvert is a non-profit open project, aimed at speculating and developing alternative usages of retired smartphones to reduce material waste.

Designers: Tomo Kihara, Keisuke Shiro, Kosuke Takahashi, Toshinari Takahashi, Nagomu Sugimoto

Precious Plastic

Precious Plastics provides the blueprints for people to build equipment from everyday materials to recycle unwanted plastics into valued objects.

Designer: Dave Hakkens

Refugee Republic

Refugee Republic is an interactive transmedia documentary about everyday life in Domiz Camp, a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq.

Designers: Jan Rothuizen, Martijn van Tol, Dirk-Jan Visser, Aart Jan van der Linden, Yaniv Wolf, Christiaan de Rooij


SH:24 is an online sexual health service providing remote STI testing, information and advice.

Designers: Gillian Holdsworth, Chris Howroyd, Mollie Courtenay, Glyn Parry

This War of Mine

Seen through the eyes of a civilian in a besieged city, This War of Mine provides a new take and first angle viewpoint on the impact of war on civilians.

Designer: Przemysław Marszał, Michał Drozdowski


A fashion start-up creating personalised knitwear using new technology to create affordable bespoke clothing.

Designers: Ben Alun-Jones, Hal Watts, Kirsty Emery


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.

Craig Green Spring/Summer 2015

Using the term Zen as a reference point, Green’s Spring/Summer collection evokes images of samurais, gurus and purity

Designer: Craig Green

Children vs. Fashion

An exploration where school children provide an uninhabited view on the fashion world exposing issues of gender inequality.

Designer: A group of aged 8 kids from CEIP La Rioja School, Madrid, Spain

Richard Malone Spring/Summer 2016

Inspired by traditional workwear and even his mother’s own Argos uniform, Malone reimagines workwear fabrics and shapes.

Designer: Richard Malone

Colección 7

With the aim of becoming the first international Mexican fashion brand, YAKAMPOT embrace cultural heritage in this series of womenswear looking back to traditional craft and elegance.

Designer: YAKAMPOT

Chromat A/W 2016 ‘Lumina Collection’

Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran uses her background in architecture and urban design to inspire her garments, not hiding the underlying structure but making it a feature.

Designer: Chromat


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.


A collective of illustrators in Malaysia pushing for government reformed created a series of protest posters that people could access online.

Designers: GRUPA

The Norwegian Landscape

The redesign for the Norwegian passport, ID cards and travel documents includes delicate yet bold illustrations of the nation’s stunning scenery highlighting a sense of belonging and national pride.

Designers: Neue Design Studio

★ (pronounced Blackstar)

The album cover uses the Unicode Blackstar symbol creating a simplicity to the design allowing the music to be the focus and the creation of an identity that is easy to identify and share.

Designer: Jonathan Barnbrook

Almadía book covers design

The front covers for the Almadia book series were conceived when Magallanes looked into the archives and origins of the Almadia publishing house.

Designer: Alejandro Magallanes

Bottom Ash Observatory

A 160 page look into the separation of the waste material bottom ash documented through close-up photography and detailed illustrations.

Designers: Christien Meindertsma, Mathijs Labadie, Thomas Eyck

Channel 4 rebrand

Using the original 1982 logo, the rebrand for Channel 4 included a dismantled version placed within the landscape representing the originality of the programming.

Designers: DBLG, Four Creative, Neville Brody and Steven Qua

Dear Data

Dear Data is the documentation of a friendship between two graphic designers, each explaining the weekly activities of their lives through illustrations.

Designers: Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

Dikke Van Dale dictionary of the Dutch language

This subtle redesign of the oldest dictionary in the Dutch language introduces a series of new navigational tools and a cover that provides a similarity to the design of digital devices.

Designers: Studio Joost Grootens

Hello Ruby - the world's most whimsical way to learn about programming, computers & technology

Created with the intension to make learning about technology fun, diverse and a little bit whimsical, Hello Ruby aims to promote computer programming to children aged 4-10 years old.

Designers: Linda Liukas and Jemina Lehmuskoski

First Aid Kit for Refugees & NGOs

The First Aid Kit uses a series of pictograms to create easy to understand instructions for multiple nationalities when they arrive at refugee camps.

Designers: Erwin K. Bauer, Anne Hofmann, Dasha Zaichanka, Katharina Hölzl, Miriam S. Koller

P98a Paper #01 & #02

P98a Paper is compendium of different texts and fonts that the designers consider to be some of their favourites explored through a different theme for each issue.

Designers: Susanna Dulkinys, Erik Spiekermann and Ferdinand Ulrich

Shot on iPhone: World Gallery

The recent advertising campaign by Apple aims to celebrate the relationship between the iPhone and photography and the daily pictures that iPhone users create.

Designers: Apple and TBWA/Media Arts Lab

We Listen

The new campaign encouraged people to speak about their issues with Samaritan volunteers rather than keeping their feelings closed off.

Designer: MullenLowe

Amsterdam Central Station Underpass

This 350ft-long underpass features a gigantic tile mural, A Sea View on the IJ, designed by Irma Boom. The tunnel is split into a cycling side and a pedestrian side: the latter is clad with 70,000 Delft Blue tiles, each measuring 13cm by 13cm, and produced by the famous Royal Tichelaar Makkum ceramics works.

Designer: Irma Boom


This category includes furniture, 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.

2016/ collection Scholten & Baijings

Inspired by the traditional porcelain makers of Arita, Japan, 2016/ combines local craftsman with international designers to create a unique set of new pieces.

Designer: Stefan Scholten, Carole Baijings, Hataman Touen

Adaptive Manufacturing

Adaptive Manufacturing is a research project exploring how to gain human craftsmanship in products manufactured using new technologies.

Designer: Olivier van Herpt and Sander Wassink

Adidas x Parley running shoe

Adidas x Parley is the world’s first running shoe created using illegal deep-sea gillnets and recycled ocean plastics.

Designer: adidas sustainability team, adidas design team, Alexander Taylor, Parley for the Oceans, Sea Shepherd

Design Museum Dharavi

The Design Museum Dharavi is the first museum of its kind, based in the homegrown neighbourhood of Dharavi, showcasing local talent through a nomadic exhibition space and employing design as a tool to promote social change and innovation.

Designers: Amanda Pinatih and Jorge Mañes Rubio

Drinkable Book

The Drinkable Book raises awareness of the water crisis while combining germ-killing paper filters with lifesaving information printed on them; one filter can purify 100 litres of water.

Designer: Brian Gartside, Aaron Stephenson, Dr. Theresa Dankovich, PhD.

île / w153

The aim for Île is to create more uses for a basic clamp lamp, making it a multi-purpose lamp.

Designer: Inga Sempé


Joto is an online platform and an internet connected drawing device that makes digital content physical by recreating it with a pen.

Designer: Those

Kodak Super 8 Camera

Combining traditional film with digital features, the new Kodak Super 8 sees a revival in traditional filmmaking techniques for a new generation.

Designer: Yves Behar, Ilgu Cha, Sarah Neurnberger, Steven Overman, Danielle Atkins

LEGO® City Fun in the park – City People Pack

The latest series of LEGO figurines featuring a wheel-chair user and a guide dog. In the wake of the #ToyLikeMe campaign, the figures create a more diverse and inclusive range for all children.

Designer: LEGO


Mono-lights is a multi-functional lighting system that can be connected, bent and assembled to suite any location.

Designer: OS ∆ OOS

MUJI kitchen appliance

A clean and elegant line of kitchen appliance that combine simple to use functions with an affordable price tag.

Designer: Naoto Fukasawa

O&G Studio

O&G Studio is a design and manufacturing firm which began as a two person operation and grew to be at the forefront of craft manufacturing.

Designer: Jonathan Glatt and Sara Ossana


Post/Biotics is a home testing kit that enables the public to test natural substances in search for the new antibiotic.

Designer: Vidhi Mehta

Space Cup

Using capillary forces to replace the role of gravity, the Space Cup enables astronauts to drink from a cup rather than a straw and was developed on the International Space Station.

Designers: Mark Weislogel, Andrew Wollman, John Graf, Donald Pettit, Ryan Jenson

Species II

Species is a study in evolution through the media of furniture design, created with a brute force that is at odds with ideas of comfort or human contact, yet so inviting by the nature of its materials.

Designer: Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard

The Smog Free Project

The world’s largest air purifier, the Smog Free Project transforms smog into pieces jewellery and helps to clean our environment.

Designer: Daan Roosegaarde

Tokyo Tribal

A ‘tribe’ of 25 objects ranging from stools to shelves that are intended to work better as a group than individually.

Designer: Nendo

WITT Ltd. Uniquely Harvesting Renewable Energy From All 6 Degrees Of Motion

WITT Ltd have developed a technology that converts all motional energy into electricity.

Designers: WITT Limited


Amazon kitchen-table gadget, the Echo, is our first glimpse of mass-market voice computing.

Designer: Amazon

The BBC micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is designed to encourage children to get involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media.

Designer: Technology Will Save Us with element14, Lancaster University & ScienceScope


This category looks at more than planes, trains and automobiles (though, these are important too).

BeeLine - smart navigation for bikes

A GPS connected navigation tool that works on the premise of a compass pointing the rider in the right direction but not providing turn by turn instructions.

Designer: Mark Jenner, Tom Putnam, Map Project Office

Gogoro Smartscooter and GoStation

The Gogoro Smartscooter is the world’s first high-performance, smart electric two-wheel vehicle that utilises swappable batteries.

Designers: Horace Luke and Gogoro

Lumos - A Next Generation Bicycle Helmet with Integrated Lights, Brake, and Turn Signals

Lumos is the world’s first smart bicycle helmet integrating lights, brake and turn signals.

Designer: Eu-wen Ding and Jeff Haoran Chen

OKO e-bike

The OKO e-bike is one of the lightest bikes in the world and features an ultra-light carbon-fibre frame and engineered so that weight is distributed evenly across the entire bike.

Designers: Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted

Tesla Model 3

With the Tesla Models X and S, the world was shown that it is possible to design and engineer a beautiful, desirable vehicle – that also happens to be electric – and to help the drive to be safer.

Designed by Elon Musk, Product Architect, with the Tesla design team led by Franz von Holzhausen


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