Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011: the exhibition

Modern architecture designs
Category: Architecture 11 11 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, US, by Herzog & de Meuron for Robert Wennett
(Image credit: Herzog & de Meuron)

The doors have just opened to this year's Brit Insurance Design Awards exhibition in London, where among the exhibits - ranging from Yves Behar's Swarovski chandelier to the Riversimple Urban Car - is Wallpaper's own baby, the Custom Covers project, up for best interactive design.

Visitors to the Design Museum show will be able to create their own Wallpaper* cover using our online application (installed on computers in the gallery), and print out their design on a postcard. Their handiwork will also be added to a gallery of covers on

Originally devised for our Handmade issue (August 2010), the application enabled readers to customise their copy of the magazine, and will soon be brought back, refreshed, for Handmade mark two.

The Brit Insurance Design Awards are now in their fourth year, and span the full creative spectrum, taking in architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, interactive and transport. Others who have made this year's shortlist include Herzog & de Meuron's Vitrahaus, the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum Tokyo, the 'Quarz Series' by Max Lamb for J&L Lobmeyr and Gareth Pugh's spring/summer collection 2011.

Proving that great minds think alike, many of our own Design Award winners have been nominated, such as Nendo's Thin Black Lines collection and BCXSY's Origin screen.

Judging the awards this year are the likes of designer Bill Moggridge, curator Janice Blackburn and graphic designer Mark Farrow. The seven category winners will be unveiled on 28th February and the overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year will be crowned at the awards dinner on 15th March, scooping a trophy designed by Ross Lovegrove.

A modern building with latest design

Category: Architecture
Vitrahaus, Weil Am Rhine, Germany, by Herzog & de Meuron for Vitra Verwaltungs GMBH

(Image credit: Herzog & de Meuron)

A modern building with latest design

Category: Architecture
Balancing Barn, Suffolk, UK, by MVRDV and Mole Architects for Living Architecture

(Image credit: MVRDV, Mole Architects)

Magazine with beautiful art in it.

(Image credit: press)

Design lights with modern concepts.

Category: Product
'Amplify Chandelier' by Yves Behar and Fuse Project for Swarovski

(Image credit: Yves Behar, Fuse Project)

Glass bottles in contemporary photo

Category: Product
'Quarz Series' by Max Lamb for J&L Lobmeyr

(Image credit: Max Lamb)

Tube lights contemporary outlook

Category: Product
'Flying Future' by Ingo Maurer

(Image credit: Ingo Maurer)

Look like background picture

Category: Graphics
'A love letter for you' by Stephen Powers with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

(Image credit: Stephen Powers)

Cat walk on the floor

Category: Fashion
Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2011

(Image credit: Gareth Pugh)

Clothing store

Category: Fashion
Comme des Garçons Trading Museum Tokyo, Japan

(Image credit: Comme des Garçon)

A car with modern technology

Category: Transport
Riversimple Urban Car by Riversimple

(Image credit: Riversimple)

Chair with four legs

Category: Furniture
'Vigna' chair by Martino Gamper for Magis

(Image credit: Martino Gampe)

A simple chair

Category: Furniture
Branca chair by Industrial Facility

(Image credit: Industrial Facility)

Malaika Byng is an editor, writer and consultant covering everything from architecture, design and ecology to art and craft. She was online editor for Wallpaper* magazine for three years and more recently editor of Crafts magazine, until she decided to go freelance in 2022. Based in London, she now writes for the Financial Times, Metropolis, Kinfolk and The Plant, among others.