Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition: Design Museum

The Designs of the Year 2013 awards celebrate the world's most remarkable designs, from furniture and architecture to fashion and transport design - and now the favourites are on show at London's Design Museum.
Clapham library, Design Museum Design of the Year
The £6.5 million Clapham Library has been shortlisted in the architecture category
Until to July 7, The Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD; 020 7403 6933;, admission £11 (concs available)
The shortlisted projects for The Design Museum’s sixth annual Designs of the Year 2013 are now on show.

Over 90 of the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world have been nominated in seven categories, including architecture, furniture, product, graphic, fashion, digital and transport design.

Shortlisted projects include The Shard, Heathewick Studio's Olympic Cauldron, Clapham Library, A Room For London at the Southbank Centre, the Barbican Centre's Rain Room installation. Zaha Hadid has earned two nominations: the first for the Galaxy Soho building in Beijing and the second for the Liquid Glacial Table, which resembles running water.

As well as celebrating some of the most iconic designs of the year, the exhibition also introduces new, inspiring ideas, from self-adjustable glasses for children with no access to opticians, to a wheelchair that folds completely flat.

Individual category winners and an overall award winner of the prestigious awards will be decided by a panel of industry experts and announced to the public on April 17. The full shortlist of this year’s nominees can be seen at

Last year’s overall prize went to design studio BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.

This will be one of the last years that the awards will be hosted at the museum's iconic Sixties, Grade II-listed building before it moves to its new location in the former Commonwealth Institute on on London’s Kensington High Street in 2014.


Gravity stool, Design of the year 2013
Jolan Van Der Wiel developed a 'magnet machine', which he uses to create furniture pieces out of metal shavings. The stool is shortlisted in the furniture category

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