London’s Design Museum reveals the 2016 Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate extension
On view at the newly relocated Design Museum from 24 November until 19 February next year, the Beazley Designs of the Year is a broad celebration of progressive creativity that variously promotes change, enables access or simply galvanises the spirit of the past year – and the nominees have just been announced. Pictured: Herzog & de Meuron's Tate extension
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As London's Design Museum segues from its former sleepy Shad Thames hub to a new Kensington home, attention is shifting to the new location's launch exhibitions.

On view from 24 November until 19 February next year, the Beazley Designs of the Year is a broad celebration of progressive creativity that variously promotes change, enables access or simply galvanises the spirit of the past year. And, crucially, this year's nominees have just been announced.

Now in its ninth year, the survey is split into six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. It's a resolutely global selection, encompassing big-name projects such as Herzog & de Meuron's Tate extension, Kodak's rejigged Super 8, the sleeve design for David Bowie's Blackstar, a Bjarke Ingels (opens in new tab) co-designed e-bike and Muji's new line of kitchen appliances; to lesser-known initiatives like an ocean-side residence in Chile, Precious Plastics' recycling of waste into everyday objects, a host of Almadía book covers, Studio Joost Grootens' redesign of Dikke Van Dale's Dutch dictionary and the 'Space Cup', a project that sought to enable astronauts to drink from a vessel rather than a straw, developed on the International Space Station.

Most interesting are the projects with a green, political or sustainable slant; various initiatives forefront issues of conflict and crisis (This War of Mine's immersive, first person video game take on war's impact on civilians; Refugee Republic's interactive documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq), and the selection also includes the world's largest air purifier (Daan Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project), a technology that converts all forms of movement into power by WITT Limited and a sustainable, affordable housing prototype by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio.

There's a lot to go on – you'll just have to visit the exhibition for a fuller reveal – but it's a worthy, endlessly intriguing offering, and an insightful snapshot of just how forward thinking our creative industries are in 2016. As the Design Museum itself states: 'Someday other museums will be showing this stuff'.

cover of David Bowie’s Blackstar

Now in its ninth year, the survey is split into six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. It's a resolutely global selection. Pictured: the cover of David Bowie's Blackstar

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Kitchen Set

Various initiatives forefront issues of conflict and crisis. Pictured: Refugee Republic's interactive documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq

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Bjarke Ingels’ co-designed e-bike OKO is one of the bigger name projects

Bjarke Ingels’ co-designed e-bike OKO is one of the bigger name projects

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Dikke Van Dale Dictionary

Studio Joost Grootens' redesign of Dikke Van Dale's Dutch dictionary sees new navigational tools added to the seminal tome

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Pezo Von Ellrichshausen designed an ocean-side Chilean residence, included in the Architecture selection

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen designed an ocean-side Chilean residence, included in the Architecture selection

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Kodak's rejigged Super 8

From the Product selection is Kodak's rejigged Super 8

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Smog Free Tower

The selection also includes the world's largest air purifier in Daan Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project

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In Fashion, Yolanda Domínguez had children analyse the world of contemporary fashion

In Fashion, Yolanda Domínguez had children analyse the world of contemporary fashion

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Working With The Machines

From Digital, Precious Plastics' system of recycling waste into everyday objects

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INFORMATION

The Beazley Designs of the Year are on view from 24 November – 19 February 2017. For more information, visit the Design Museum’s website

ADDRESS

Design Museum
224–238 Kensington High Street
London, W8 6AG

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