London's Design Museum has announced the 90 shortlisted designs for its Designs of the Year 2013 award. Selected by a panel of nominators from around the world, the list includes the best projects from the last year across seven categories — Architecture, Digital, Fashion,
Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport —, which will be reunited in an exhibition opening 20 March. The overall winner will be announced in April.
Seeking to compile the most interesting designs, prototypes and designers in the world today, this year's shortlist includes such diverse projects as Renzo Piano's The Shard skyscraper, Heatherwick Studio's Olympic Cauldron, Louis Kahn's Four Freedoms Park, and Random International's Rain Room at the Barbican.
The nominations also include several prototypes, with a focus on socially conscious design — such as a fully foldable wheelchair by Vitamins Design —, while simultaneously keeping track of fundamental technological advancements — with such nominations as the new Makerbot Replicator 2, and Microsoft's
Windows phone 8.
The full list of nominations can be seen at the Design Museum's website.
Top: Random International, Rain Room.
Random International’s largest and most ambitious installation yet, Rain
Room is a 100 sq m field of falling water for visitors to walk through,
experiencing how it might feel to control the rain. On entering visitors hear
the sound of water and feel moisture in the air before discovering the
thousands of falling droplets responding to their presence and movement to
keep the visitor dry. Above: Jolan Van Der Wiel, Gravity Stool.
Jolan Van Der Wiel developed a "magnet machine", whereby he positions
magnetic fields above and below a container of polarized material
containing metal shavings. In order to form and determine the shapes of his
furniture pieces, the hanging units are pulled down and then released, in
which the substance follows, drawn upwards by magnetic force, letting
gravity determine the shape of the stool
Louis Kahn, Four Freedoms park.
In the late 1960s, during a period of national urban renewal, New York City
Mayor John Lindsay proposed to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called
Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential area. Louis Kahn, was announced
as the architect of the project in 1973. Louis Kahn finished his work but died
unexpectedly as the City of New York approached bankruptcy. On March
29, 2010, 38 years after its announcement, construction of Franklin D.
Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park began