Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton and Google’s Self-Driving Car Among the 2015 Designs of the Year Nominees

London’s Design Museum has announced the 76 hopefuls in the running for its eighth annual design awards.

Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

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London’s Design Museum has announced the 76 nominees for the 2015 Designs of the Year. This will be the eighth year the museum honors “design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.”

The six categories—architecture, digital design, fashion, graphic, product, and transport—represent an incredibly wide range of studios and designers. Among them are the Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Google’s Self-Driving-Car, and a series of fashion illustrations by Toni Halonen for Kenzo. The projects were proposed and selected by respected design practitioners and experts by invitation from the Design Museum.

The jury, chaired by artist Anish Kapoor, will review the proposals and select a winner for each category to be announced on May 4. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by the Design Museum on June 5. The nominees are part of an exhibition at the museum running from 25 March to 23 August of this year.


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Forfatterhuset Kindergarten in Copenhagen, Denmark designed by COBE.

·      Arena do Morro in Natal, Brazil, by Herzog & De Meuron

·      Beijing No. 4 High School Fangshan Campus In Beijing, China, by Open Architecture

·      Desert Courtyard House in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. by Wendell Burnette Architects

·      Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France, by Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners

Courtesy Hiroyuki Oki

House for Trees In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

·      La Última Esperanza in Manabi, Ecuador, by Al Borde

·      Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai, China, by Atelier Deshaus

·      One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

·      Philharmonic Hall Szczecin in Szczecin, Poland, by Barozzi / Veiga

Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode

Markthal Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, by MVRDV

·      Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, by Emre Arolat Architects

·      Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School Of Economics in London, UK, by O’Donnell + Tuomey

·      UC Innovation Center in Santiago, Chile, by Elemental

·      Waterbank Campus at Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya, by Pitchafrica


Courtesy USTWO Games

Monument Valley, iPad game designed by USTWO Games

·      Disclosed, by Marion Ferrec in collaboration with Kate Wakely (The Royal College Of Art)

·      No Man’s Sky, by Sean Murray

·      Of Instruments and Archetypes, by Claire Warnier + Dries Verbruggen and Unfold

·      Responsive Street Furniture, by Ross Atkin and Jonathan Scott

MegaFaces, by Asif Khan

·      Shadowing, by Jonathan Chomko, Matthew Rosier

·      The Ocean Cleanup, by Boyan Slat, Jan De Sonneville and Erwin Zwart

·      The Refugee Project, by Hyperakt

·      The Walls Have Eyes, by Libby Miller, Jasmine Cox, Andrew Nicolaou (BBC Research and Development)


Courtesy Raf Simon/Sterling Ruby

Raf Simons & Sterling Ruby AW14/15 Art and fashion collaboration, designed by Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby

·      Archivist, by Jane Howard (Fashion Director, Co-Founder), Michael Harrison (Art Director, Co-Founder), Dal Chodha (Editor), Axel Hoedt (Photography), Judith Clarke (Contributor)

·      Back SS15 Collection, by Ann-Sofie Back

·      Fausto Puglisi AW14/15 Collection, by Fausto Puglisi

·      J.W. anderson SS15 Women’s Catwalk Show, by Jonathan anderson with Benjamin Bruno and Milliner Noel Stewart for J.W. anderson

·      Rodarte AW14, by Kate and Laura Mulleavy

·      Satu Maaranen / Collection SS15

·      Geometry Of Futufolk, by Satu Maaranen

·      Thomas Tait AW13/14, by Thomas Tait


Courtesy Toni Halonen

Kenzopedia, 26 fashion illustrations by Toni Halonen for Kenzo Paris,

100 Years Of Swiss Graphic Design, by Christian Brändle, Karin Gimmi, Barbara Junod, Christina Reble, Bettina Richter (Editors), Norm/Dimitri Bruni, Manuel Krebs, Teo Schifferli, Ludovic Varone (Design), Martina Mullis (Production), Lars Müller (Publisher)

·      Designing for the Sixth Extinction, by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

·      Franchise Animated, by Jeroen Krielaars (Initiator and Participating Artist), Derek Weathersby (Type Designer), Clark Rhee + Wesley Slover (Music and Sound Design)

·      Glasgow International, by Kellenberger–White

·      Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables, by Marcel for Intermarché

·      Jurriaan Schrofer (1926-1990), by Jaap Van Triest and Karel Martens (Design), Frederike Huygen (Author), Astrid Vorstermans, Valiz (Publishers)

MIT Media Lab Identity, by Pentagram

·      Modern Design Review, by Graphic Thought Facility

·      No. 5 Culture Chanel, by Irma Boom

·      Proposals for Banknote Designs for the Central Bank of Norway, by Metric Design and Snøhetta Design

·      Riposte Magazine, by Danielle Pender (Founder & Editor), Shaz Madani (Creative Director)

·      A Way Of The Shovel: Art as Archaeology Scratch-Off Campaign, by Romain andré and Michael Savona

·      Wired Custom Typeface, by Sawdust (Typeface Design) and andrew Diprose (Art Direction)


Courtesy Paul Cocksedge

Double O bike light designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio

·      10 100 1000 (Ten-Hundred-Thousand), by La Metropolitana (Project Management + Conceptualization),

·      Air-Purifying Billboard, by The University Of Engineering and Technology Of Peru

·      Blue Diversion, by Eawag (The Swiss Federal Institute Of Aquatic Science and Technology) and Eoos

·      BRCK, by Erik Hersman, Reg Orton, Philip Walton

·      The Brydgeair, by Nicholas Smith and Eddy Vromen

·      Current Table, by Marjan Van Aubel In Collaboration With Solaronix

DIY Gamer Kit, by Technology Will Save Us

·      Dragonfly, by Odo Fioravanti

·      Endgrain, by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay

·      The Extrapolation Factory, by Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken

·      Field Experiments: Indonesia, by Benjamin Harrison Bryant, Paul Marcus Fuog and Karim Charlebois-Zariffa

·      ‘Grow It Yourself’ Mushroom® Materials, by Eben Bayer, Gavin Mcintyre, Gordon Macpherson, Danielle Trofe, Sam Harrington and Stephen Nock

·      Human Organs-On-Chips, by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun

·      Kano Computer Kit, by Kano and Map

Courtesy Galerie Kreo

Man Machine, by Konstantin Grcic for Galerie Kreo

·      Miito, by Nils Chudy, Jasmina Grase, Rebekka Mueller

·      Sms Calving Alert Sensor, by Lyndsey Bryce, Christopher Murphy and Niall Austin

·      Project Daniel: 3d Printing Limbs, by Mick Ebeling / Not Impossible

·      Qardioarm, by Marco Peluso, Rosario Iannella and Clara Gaggero Westaway

·      Sabi Space, by Map Project Office

·      Strap Chair, by Scholten & Baijings

·      Switch Light, by Joel Hoff


Courtesy Yamaha Motor Company

Yamaha Motor Company Motiv.E City Car, by Masato Suzuki from Yamaha Motor Company and Gordon Murray Design

·      Dainese D-Air Bag Street,  by Vittorio Cafaggi

·      Google Self-Driving-Car,  by Yoojung Ahn, Jared Gross and Philipp Haban

·      I8, by Adrian Van Hooydonk​

·      Loopwheels, by Sam Pearce For Jelly Products

·      Model S, by Franz Von Holzhausen / Tesla Motors

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