Design Museum announces Beazley Designs of the Year winners
Seesaw installation Teeter-Totter Wall, by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with Colectivo Chopeke won the design accolade, s elected by a jury chaired by journalist Razia Iqbal and including fashion designer Samuel Ross and material innovator Seetal Solanki. The winners of the annual awards demonstrate how design can suitably respond to issues of social justice, climate change and the pandemic
London’s Design museum announced the recipients of the annual Beazley Designs of the Year. Winners include Alyssa Eckert’s 3D rendering of SARS-CoV-2, Telfar’s vegan leather, gender neutral bag, Brick arches by Hong Kong protestors, ModSkool by Social Design Collaborative, vegan meat by Impossible Foods, Colectivo Lastesis’ protest performance denouncing sexual violence against women and LGBTQ communities, and the Teeter-Totter Wall, a seesaw installation by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with Colectivo Chopeke which popped up at the USA-Mexico border in 2019.
Chaired by BBC News broadcast journalist Razia Iqbal, the jury included material designer Seetal Solanki, fashion designer Samuel Ross, Google AI principal designer Matt Jones and artist Camille Walala.
The Teeter-Totter Wall was nominated winner of the Transport category, and also picked by judges as the awards’ overall winner. The seesaw installation was installed at the border allowing kids from both sides to play together. It was only up for 20 minutes before being dismantled, but in that short time it united the two sides by play in a way that was both touching and memorable. ‘This was an idea that really moved the judges,’ says Iqbal. ‘[It’s] not just something that felt symbolically important, it talked about the possibility of things; that all kinds of things are possible when people come together with great ideas and determination.’
‘It is great to see a project that is seriously playful and playfully serious is the winner of our Beazley Designs of the Year Award for 2020,’ echoes Tim Marlow, Director of the Design Museum. ‘The Teeter-Totter Wall (...) encouraged new ways of human connection and struck a chord that continues to resonate far beyond El Paso in the USA and Juarez in Mexico. It remains an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.’
All of this year’s winners, Marlow notes, ‘contain powerful messages of change and demonstrate design’s capacity to explore new ideas that confront some of the difficult issues the world currently faces.’