2019 nominees

Product

Not too long ago, plastics were synonymous with disposability. Alessandro Mendini scathingly remarked in the late 1980s that his fellow designers dreamed of entire homes – an entire world – cast not in gold, but plastic.

The process of rethinking much-used products and challenging material conventions dominates this year’s selection of product designs, which includes the first reinvention of the pregnancy test in over thirty years, a table comprising pressed flowers suspended in black resin, and a series of tiles whose glazes are formed from the volcanic ash of Mount Etna.

Nominees

1 Inch Reclaimed stacking chair

A chair made of waste that will last for life

Bacteria Lamp

A glowing celebration of gems

CATCH: The HIV Detector

A simple and affordable HIV test

denqul

A battery pack that charges when shaken

Elvie Pump

A quiet and hands-free breast pump

ExCinere

A tile made from mount Etna's ashes

Flora

A flora memento mori

FREKVENS audio and lighting

A speaker system with personality

Lia

A discreet pregnancy test for a greener planet

The Living Seawall

A marine wall tile for combatting pollution

meaninglessness

A political jewellery collection for asylum seekers

MySleeve

An add-on to make crutches more comfortable

NUATAN

A plastic made of plants

Rennes & Chainette

A curtain that reacts to light by changing colour

Super Fake – rug collection

A rug for a post-Snapchat world

ThisAbles

A hack to make IKEA furniture accessible

Tierrafiltra

A clay water filter for Puerto Rico

exhibition

Beazley Designs of the Year 2019

Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by design experts from around the world.