It’s that time of year again when architecture and design are celebrated at London’s Design Museum; and this time the competitive stakes are high. A diverse landscape for creative minds, 2013’s Designs of the Year Awards is already being described as a breeding ground for industry innovation. Featuring a variety of design projects, the current exhibition mix ranges from gigantic architecture works like the Shard, to developments of a more modest ambition, like the non-stick ketchup bottle submitted by MIT.
Presenting an eclectic collection of digital architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, and transport designs; the main commonality between the categories is that they comprise of the most original and exciting prototypes and designers in the world today. And of course, the nominated 2013 Designs of the Year deliver from every angle.
Designs of the Year are a Circus of the Exceptional
A circus of the exceptional, the London Design Museum is currently home to everything from a giant cauldron, to Nike’s Flyknit Trainers, and a model of Ohio’s striking museum of contemporary art – built by London architect Farshid Moussavi. The highlights of the exhibit are endless, with various experts in the field represented to put forward content that reflects the industry as a whole – and naturally the combination is a quirky one.
This year’s winner will follow in the limelight of the London 2012 Olympic Torch; the overall victor at the last exhibition. A tough act to follow, the event is luckily about more than placement. ‘Designs of the Year’ offers a unique chance for visitors to see the direction that world of design is heading in by providing them with a snapshot of what is going on creatively across the globe.
2013 Design Trends
The trends are becoming evident too, with open-source design and DIY design emerging as strong elemental themes. The focal point of public interest remains is trained on what form the progress that this year’s creativity will take. For instance, the London Design Museum curator, Pete Collard, has said that the most significant advance since 2012’s exhibit is the “transition of 3D printing technology from its R&D phase to the home.”
Running from March 20th to July 7th, the Designs of the Year Exhibition is worth making a beeline for. An opportunity to see the designs that are destined to set the world ablaze, this is also a moment to celebrate a rare moment of original creativity, and the sheer scope of its form.
Bella Gray is a lifestyle blogger with a keen interest in international design trends. From workwear UK to the Designs of the Year Awards, Gray is your go-to-gal for all the industry’s breaking news headlines and behind-the-scenes gossip.