The much anticipated Beazley Designs of the Year awards has announced its winners. After unveiling 87 nominees back in September, winners have been crowned across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport.
Nominees pushed the envelope in design and innovation, as well as each project's impact on social issues. As one jury member stated, "...my main concerns were impact - on society and the environment. From this perspective the nominations were extremely encouraging; from pragmatic developments into the medical world to a myriad of approaches to environmental sustainability. It reminded me that design touches every part of our lives and that it potentially holds the solution to many of our current dilemmas. It was an inspiring experience that left me full of hope.”
The six category winners along with the further 81 other nominations are on display at the Design Museum in London until January 6, 2019.
Beazley Design of the Year 2018 + Digital Category Winner:
Name: The exhibition, 'Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture’, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Designers: Forensic Architecture
Summary: "Counter Investigations, an exhibition of work by Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths University London has been named the winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2018.
The agency works to uncover miscarriages of justice and international war crimes through the architectural analysis of imagery. From official news and smartphone footage to satellite images, minute clues and fragmentary evidence are painstakingly analyzed to create full 3D reconstructions of events, allowing the team to verify disputed information. Like a war crime CSI, Counter Investigations staged Forensic Architecture’s modes of analysis through the use of maps, screens, text, films and other evidence."
Forensic Architecture is also nominated for Tate Britain’s Turner Prize in 2018.
Name: Zeitz MOCCA
Designers: Heatherwick Studio
Summary: "The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town strikingly repurposes a former grain silo made obsolete by containerised shipping. For this post-industrial project, designer Thomas Heatherwick carved out a dramatic, skylit central atrium from within the original 42 tightly packed concrete silos to reveal startling geometries, while also converting them for gallery use. Faceted glass windows were also punched out of the building’s grading tower to create a kaleidoscopic effect."
Name: Costumes for The Royal Ballet production of Corybantic Games by Christopher Wheeldon
Designers: Erdem Moralıoğlu
Summary: "Womenswear designer Erdem Moralıoğlu created 24 costumes for a new ballet set to Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, after Plato: Symposium. Inspired by the Classical Greek themes of the piece, Erdem juxtaposed armour-like ribbon detailing with ethereal sheer tutus, while the champagne-coloured satin bodices and careful pleating evoked the 1950s era of Bernstein’s original score."
Name: Trash Isles for LADbible and Plastic Oceans Foundation
Designers: Plastic Oceans Foundation with LADbible
Summary: "An accumulation of plastic waste covering an area the size of France is currently floating in the Pacific Ocean – though little is being done to address it, as it occupies international waters. Involving the creation of a ‘national identity’, complete with passports, stamps and currency, the Trash Isles campaign was launched to enlist citizen-petitioners to persuade the United Nations to recognise the waterborne mass of debris as an official country, forcing the global community to deal with it as a member of the UN Environmental Charter."
Designers: Prakash Lab
Summary: "Paperfuge is a hand-powered centrifuge made of string, plastic and paper. It can spin biological samples at thousands of revolutions per minute, separating pure plasma from whole blood. This is a critical step in the diagnosis of infections such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. The device costs just 20 cents, weighs two grammes, and can easily be carried in a doctor’s pocket, making point-of-care diagnostics possible virtually anywhere."
Name: Falcon Heavy
Summary: "On 6 February 2018, SpaceX successfully launched the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy. Capable of lifting 64,000 kilograms into low earth orbit, it is more than twice as powerful as its two main competitors. It is also considerably cheaper to launch than other rockets its size: among other reasons, its empty launch boosters are retrieved after lift-off for future use."
In addition, exhibition visitors voted for their favorite design in the exhibition gallery, and Surgibox, an operating theater that fits into a backpack, received the most votes.
Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 People's Choice:
Designers: Debbie Teodorescu, Mike Teodorescu, Stephen Okajima and Team SurgiBox
Summary: "SurgiBox is an inflatable tent that acts as a sterile operating theatre to be used in remote areas or disaster zones. The tent has a fan and HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter that removes more than 99.9% of contaminants. Once it is placed around the patient, surgeons reach into sleeves to perform their work. SurgiBox can fit inside a backpack, making it a portable and cost-effective solution for people who may otherwise lack access to safe surgical care."
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