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The Design Museum reveals the shortlist for the 2018 Beazley Designs of the Year

Sujata Burman
11 Sep 2018

The year’s most innovative designs go on view at the Design Museum for the 11th edition of the Beazley Designs of the Year, opening during London Design Festival for the first time. The mammoth shortlist of 87 nominees has been announced today and is split into categories of fashion, graphics, architecture, product, digital and transport. From Thomas Heatherwick’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the sets of Blade Runner 2049 by Territory Studio, to Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi and Studio Drift’s drones, the shortlist gives a dynamic overview of the design climate of today. Sustainability has been honoured throughout with many impressive eco-friendly projects including the first plastic-free supermarket aisle, an emission-free bike and Formafantasma’s recycled e-waste furniture. Plus, pioneering medical equipment is included from a hand-powered centrifuge to self-healing e-skin. This year’s exhibition has been curated by Aric Chen of M+ museum in Hong Kong, and the winner will be announced on 15 November. For now, explore the inspiring shortlist below...

Category: Architecture
Name: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town
Designer: Heatherwick Studio

Category: Architecture
Name: Bío Bío Regional Theatre, Chile
Designer: Smiljan Radic, Eduardo Castillo and Gabriela Medrano

Category: Architecture
Name: The Common Stove, public stove at Biennial of Design in Ljubljana
Designer: Matali Crasset

Category: Architecture
Name: Copenhagen Islands floating platforms
Designer: Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg

Category: Architecture
Name: Ganga Maki Textile Studio, India
Designer: Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

Category: Architecture
Name: Jintai village reconstruction, China
Designer: Rural Urban Framework

Category: Architecture
Name: Lego House, Denmark
Designer: Bjarke Ingels Group

Category: Architecture
Name: SESC 24 de Maio non-profit arts and recreation centre, Brazil
Designer: Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB Arquitetos

Courtesy Nelsonkon

Category: Architecture
Name: Lumen knitted pavilion
Designer: Jenny Sabin Architects

Photography: Pablo Enriquez

Category: Architecture
Name: Microlibrary at Taman Bima, Indonesia
Designer: SHAU Indonesia

Category: Architecture
Name: MycoTree
Designer: Sustainable Construction (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Block Research Group (ETH Zürich)

Category: Architecture
Name: Qatar National Library
Designer: OMA

Photography: Iwan Baan

Category: Architecture
Name: Gulshan Society Jame Mosque, Bangladesh
Designer: Kashef Chowdhury/Urbana

Category: Architecture
Name: Louvre Abu Dhabi
Designer: Jean Nouvel

Photography: Roland Halbe

Category: Architecture
Name: Chaoyang Park Plaza, China
Designer: MAD Architects

Photography: Hufton + Crow

Category: Architecture
Name: Stone Matters pavilion, Palestine
Designer: AAU Anastas/Scales and Laboratoire GSA

Category: Architecture
Name: Fuyang Cultural Complex, China
Designer: Amateur Architecture Studio

Category: Architecture
Name: Small is Meaningful public space, Hong Kong
Designer: Design Trust Futures Studio

Category: Architecture
Name: Digua Community urban bomb shelter, China
Designer: Shu Zhou

Category: Transport
Name: Falcon Heavy rocket
Designer: SpaceX

Category: Transport
Name: Kalk electric motorbike
Designer: Cake

Category: Transport
Name: Virgin Hyperloop One
Designer: Hyperloop One

Category: Transport
Name: City Brain artificial intelligence
Designer: City Brain Open Research (Wang Jian, Zue Guirong, Li Zhengui and Wang Min)

Category: Transport
Name: Mobike Lite
Designer: Naoto Fukasawa for Mobike

Category: Digital
Name: Bad News game
Designer: Gusmanson and DROG

Category: Digital
Name: Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Designer: Forensic Architecture

Category: Digital
Name: Gucci Spring Summer 2018 campaign: #GucciHallucination
Designer: Ignasi Monreal (artwork), Alessandro Michele (creative direction) and Christopher Simmonds (art direction)

Category: Digital
Name: Space Debris – A Journey to Earth digital animation
Designer: European Space Agency with ID&Sense and Onirixel

Category: Digital
Name: aibo ERS-1000 pet robot
Designer: Sony Corporation

Category: Digital
Name: Choose Love shop
Designer: Help Refugees in partnership with Glimpse

Category: Digital
Name: Verificado19s website
Designer: Anonymous Collective

Category: Digital
Name: Technology interfaces for Blade Runner 2049
Designer: Territory Studio

Category: Digital
Name: Franchise Freedom drone installation
Designer: Studio Drift

Category: Fashion
Name: Vigilamus, Matty Bovan’s debut collection
Designer: Matty Bovan

Category: Fashion
Name: Horizon Infinity handwoven menswear
Designer: Marisa and Maris Gnanaraj

Category: Fashion
Name: Burberry Rainbow tartan
Designer: Christopher Bailey for Burberry

Category: Fashion
Name: Zoa bio-fabricated leather collection
Designer: Modern Meadow

Photography: Sara Kinney

Category: Fashion
Name: G-Star Elwood RFTPi jeans & D-Staq RFTPi denim jacket
Designer: G-Star RAW with Artistic Miliners, Dystar and Saitex

Category: Fashion
Name: Hotel Palomo: Spring Summer 2018 Menswear
Designer: Palomo Spain

Category: Fashion
Name: Made by Rain textile collection
Designer: Aliki van der Krujis

Category: Fashion
Name: Goldwin Ski Jacket
Designer: Goldwin with Spiber materials

Category: Fashion
Name: Nigeria National Football Team: National Team Collection
Designer: Nike

Category: Fashion
Name: Royal Ballet costumes for Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Corybantic Games
Designer: Erdem Moralıoğlu

Photography: Andrej Uspenski

Category: Fashion
Name: Telfar Fall-Winter 2018 Collection
Designer: Telfar

Category: Graphics
Name: Aravrit writing system that hybridises Hebrew and Arabic
Designer: Liron Lavi Turkenich

Category: Graphics
Name: Migrant Journal
Designer: Offshore Studio (art direction) and Justinien Tribillon (editor)

Category: Graphics
Name: Netherlands Women’s National Football Teamcrest
Designer: Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam for Nike

Category: Graphics
Name: Oto Nové Swiss interactive poster
Designer: Studio Feixen

Category: Graphics
Name: Trash Isles campaign
Designer: Plastic Oceans Foundation with Ladbible

Category: Graphics
Name: Visual identity for the Czech Railway Infrastructure Association
Designer: Studio Marvil

Category: Graphics
Name: Plastic-free aisle, Netherlands
Designer: A Plastic Planet and Made Thought for Ekoplaza

Category: Graphics
Name: Mushpit #10 women’s magazine
Designer: Mushpit with Richard Turley

Category: Graphics
Name: Save Our Species T-shirt
Designer: Lacoste with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Category: Graphics
Name: Hoarding for the Apple Store, Taipei
Designer: Yang Shiyi

Category: Product
Name: Glowing Plants
Designer: Seonyeong Kwak and Michael Strano, Strano Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Category: Product
Name: Re-engineered Brown Betty Teapot
Designer: Ian McIntyre

Category: Product
Name: Trashpresso solar-powered recycling plant
Designer: Miniwiz

Photography: Miniwiz

Category: Product
Name: Algae Lab
Designer: Studio Klarenbeek & Dros at Atelier Luma

Category: Product
Name: Arrangements modular lighting
Designer: Michael Anastassiades for Flos

Photography: Germano Borrelli

Category: Product
Name: Ceramic Tap Water Carafe
Designer: Lotte de Raadt

Photography: Xandra van der Eijk

Category: Product
Name: Enea walking stick
Designer: Shiro Studio in collaboration with Arup UK and MHOX

Category: Product
Name: Excavation: Evicted furniture collection
Designer: Paul Cocksedge, supported by Friedman Benda and Beatrice Trussardi

Category: Product
Name: Jins Design Project #01: New Normal
Designer: Jins and Jasper Morrison

Category: Product
Name: Just Water bottles
Designer: Drew FitzGerald, Kara Rubin, Madwell and Tetra Pak, Inc.

Category: Product
Name: Medal Design for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics
Designer: Sukwoo Lee at SWNA

Category: Product
Name: Metamorphism new material
Designer: Shahar Livne

© Design Academy Eindhoven. Photography: Ronald Smits

Category: Product
Name: New £1 coin
Designer: Royal Mint and David Pearce

Category: Product
Name: Nintendo Labo cardboard kit
Designer: Nintendo

Category: Product
Name: Ore Streams multimedia e-waste project
Designer: Studio Formafantasma

Category: Product
Name: Paperfuge hand-powered centrifuge
Designer: Prakash Lab

Category: Product
Name: Self-healing e-skin
Designer: Jianliang Ziao, Wei Zhang, Zhanan Zou and Chengpu Zhu

Category: Product
Name: SurgiBox sterile operating theatre
Designer: Debbie Teodorescu, Mike Teodorescu, Stephen Okajima and Team SurgiBox

Category: Product
Name: Tetra countertop dishwasher
Designer: Heatworks and frog

Category: Product
Name: Totomoxtle surfacing veneer
Designer: Fernando Laposse

Category: Product
Name: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna 
Designer: Established

Category: Product
Name: Unhomely sculptures
Designer: Chris Schanck

Category: Product
Name: You & I rug collection
Designer: Nada Debs and FBMI

Category: Product
Name: Bleached furniture series
Designer: Erez Nevi Pana

Category: Product
Name: Nest ceramic heaters
Designer: Estudio äCo

Category: Product
Name: Jellyfish Vase
Designer: Nendo

Photography: Akihiro Yoshida

Category: Product
Name: Caskia/Growing a Marsboot
Designer: Liz Ciokajlo (Ourownskin) with Maurizio Montalti

Photography: George Ellsworth

Category: Product
Name: Ori Studio Collection robotic furniture system
Designer: Ori with Fuseproject

Category: Product
Name: Pretziada Sardinian craft
Designer: Ivano Atzori and Kyre Chenven

Category: Product
Name: Quicksee eye test
Designer: PlenOptika

Photography: Mark James