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Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2009 now on View at the Design Museum
Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009 |

What do the Big Brother logo, a school, Heathrow Terminal 5 Live Adverts and Obama’s campaign logo have in common?

They are all on the shortlist for the Brit Insurance Design Awards. Following the tremendous success of their inaugural year in 2008, Brit Insurance Design Awards and supporting Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition return for their second year, making them an annual fixture on the design industry calendar.

The world’s most interesting and forward looking designs have been nominated by industry experts spanning seven categories: Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product and Transport, to be judged by a high profile panel, chaired by Alan Yentob and including the designer and environmentalist Karen Blincoe, and the architect Peter Cook.

The shortlist will be on show at the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition from February 12 through June 14, 2009 at the Design Museum in London. From this comprehensive list, the panel will decide the category winners in each of the seven disciplines to be announced at the end of February. These finalists will go forward to vie for the 2009 Brit Insurance Design of the Year, to be revealed at the Awards Dinner on March 18, 2009.

Brit Insurance Design Awards recognize the important achievements in design over the past twelve months as well as bringing lesser known design triumphs to the fore. Public participation has also been encouraged this year, with a People’s Choice Vote open since January 1, 2009 and a blog for the general public to express their views at http://www.designsoftheyear.com.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said, “Design touches every aspect of our daily lives. This exciting shortlist reflects its impact on politics as well as fashion. It highlights great architecture, and smart technology. In the midst of economic chaos, creative thinking is more important than ever. Alan Yentob makes an excellent chair for an international jury that is going to have its work cut out choosing winners.”

Brit Insurance Chief Executive Dane Douetil added, “Sustainability and efficiency are clearly growing in importance, underling the important role that intelligent design has in the reduction of risk. The shortlist for this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards certainly lives up to the exceptional standards set by last year’s 100 nominees and last year’s winner, One Laptop per Child. We look forward to seeing which design the judges will choose from the very wide range on this year’s shortlist.”

Full shortlist of the nominees:


Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Academy (London, UK) - image below


Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Alison Brooks Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Accordia Housing (Cambridge, UK) - image below


Snøhetta, Oslo Opera House (Oslo, Norway) - image below


Design Indaba, 10×10 Project (Cape Town, South Africa) - image below


Steven Holl Architects Beijing, Linked Hybrid (Beijing, China) - image below


Shuhei Endo, Education Centre (Osaka, Japan) - image below


Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, Eight Inscribed Houses and Three Patios (Spain, Gran Canaria) - image below


Herzog de Meuron Architects, CaixaForum Cultural Centre (Madrid, Spain) - image below


West 8 + DTAH, Spadina Wave Deck for Waterfront Toronto (Canada) - image below


Adjaye Associates, Contemporary Museum of Art (Denver, USA) - image below


Junya.Ishigami+Associates, Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT Workshop (Kanagawa, Japan) - image below


McDowell Benedetti, Castleford Bridge (Yorkshire, UK) - image below


Subarquitectura, Tram Stop – Sergio Cardell Plaza (Alicante, Spain) - image below



Helen Storey with Tony Ryan, Wonderland – biodegradable materials - image below


Italian Vogue: A Black Issue, July 2008

Linda Grant, The Thoughtful Dresser blog

Louise Goldin, Spring/Summer 09 – Knitwear

Basso & Brooke, Spring/Summer 09

Alber Elbaz, Creative Director, Lanvin, Spring/Summer 08

Miuccia Prada and James Lima, Trembled Blossom, Fashion Film

Duckie Brown, Spring/Summer 09 – Menswear

Maison Martin Margiela, Spring/Summer 09 – 20th Anniversary Collection

Viktor & Rolf, Barbican Art Gallery and Siebe Tettero for The House of Viktor & Rolf - image below


Prada by Miuccia Prada, Spring/Summer 09


Tokujin Yoshioka, Venus Chair

Tord Boontje, Fig Leaves for Meta

Wieki Somers, Cloakroom, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam

Adam Goodrum, Stitch Chair for Cappellini

Ronan/Erwan Bouroullec, Magis Steelwood Family for Magis

Konstantin Grcic, MYTO Chair for PLANK

Shay Alkalay, Stack Chest of Drawers for Established & Sons

Nacho Carbonell, Evolution Series

El Ultimo Grito, Composite bench system for UNO

Terrence Woodgate and John Barnard, Surface Table for Established & Sons - image below


Jurgen Bey, Witness Flat series for La Galerie de Pierre Bergé et Associés

Nendo, Cabbage Chair for the XXI Ct Man Exhibition curated by Issy Miyake - image below


Arik Levey, Workit, work station for VITRA

Graphic Design

Shepard Fairey, Obama Poster - image below


Troika, All the Time in the World for British Airways, T5, Heathrow, London

Sender LLC and mo/de, official election campaign, Barack Obama Logo

Daniel Eatock, Big Brother Logo

Kenya Hara, Designing Design Book

Lex Reitsma , Jan Bons - A Designer’s Freedom

The Guardian graphics, illustrating current financial climate

Chase and Galley, IsNotMagazine

Mevis & Van Deursen, Baghdad Calling

Karel Martens & Enrico Bravi, Werkplaatz Typografie Arnhem, Oase #74

Lorraine Wild, Martin Kippenberger exhibition catalogue

Cornel Windlin, Rebecca Stephany, Marco Müller, Project Vitra - image below


Job Wouters aka Letman

Engine Service Design, The Social Innovation Lab for Kent County Council

March Studio and Aesop, Aesop Stores and Branding


Lucky Bite, Dinner Table Game for Science of Survival, Science Museum

Joachim Sauter, Art + Com, Kinetic Sculpture for BMW Museum - image below


Rumpus Room, Video for Pet Shop Boys – Integral

Troika, Cloud, Digital Sculpture for British Airways, T5, Heathrow, London

Bartle Bogle Heagarty, BA Terminal 5 “Live” Adverts

Post-Spectacular, Fid.Gen Bar Codes

Chris O’Shea, Joel Gethin Lewis, Andreas Muller, This Happened, Events

Troika, Digital by Design

The GreenEyl, Appeel

O’Reilly, Make Magazine

Media Molecule, Little Big Planet for Playstation - image below


Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska, Absolut Quartet

Zoo Films director James Frost, Radiohead House of Cards


Tony Mullin, Green Felt Protest Suit

Marloes Ten Bhomer, Rotation Moulded Shoe

Kode Design, Armadillo Vest with Facemask - image below


Jorre can Ast, Jar Tops for Royal VKB

Noam Toran & Onkar Kular, The MacGuffin Library

Revital Cohen, Life Support

HomeHero, HomeHero Fire Extinguisher - image below


Joe Wentworth, Ipogeo light for Artemide

CinqCinq Designers, Clean

Francois Azambourg, Pixel for Ligne Roset

Senz XL Storm Umbrella

Singgih S. Kartono, Magno Wooden Radio, Manufactured by locals in Java

Demakersvan The Netherlands, LightWind – Outdoor lamp

Trent Jansen, 3D Stencil


London and Continental Railways, High Speed 1 and St Pancras International - image below


IDEO, Aquaduct Concept Vehicle for water filtration

District, Trek District Bicycle

Daimler, Car2Go – car sharing

Medellin Metro Cable, Line J, Colombia

Alp Transit, Lotschberg Base Tunnel, Switzerland

Richard Jenkins and Dale Vince, Ecotricity Green Bird vehicle

KTM, Stunt Motor Bike

Mar Kayaks, K2 Kayak for Nelo

Eric Larson, Ricky Biddle, Ben Shao and Austin Cliffe, Balance Sport Wheelchair

New Deal Design, Charge Spots for Better Place

Think Norway, Th!nk City Electrical Car - image below


Images: Brit Insurance Design Awards/Design Museum

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