Highlights of the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011

The London Design Museum showcases almost 100 objects, from clothing to computer games via coffins and graffiti art
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Numen/For Use, Tape Installations, Austria and Croatia

1 / 22 Numen/For Use, Tape Installations, Austria and Croatia

Herzog & De Meuron for Robert Wennett, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, USA

2 / 22 Herzog & De Meuron for Robert Wennett, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, USA

MVRDV and Mole Architects for Living Architecture, Balancing Barn, Suffolk, UK

3 / 22 MVRDV and Mole Architects for Living Architecture, Balancing Barn, Suffolk, UK

Enric Ruiz-Geli and Cloud 9, Media-Tic Building, Barcelona, Spain

4 / 22 Enric Ruiz-Geli and Cloud 9, Media-Tic Building, Barcelona, Spain

Herzog & De Meuron for Vitra Verwaltungs GMBH, Vitrahaus, Weil am Rhine, Germany

5 / 22 Herzog & De Meuron for Vitra Verwaltungs GMBH, Vitrahaus, Weil am Rhine, Germany

Ohne Titel Spring/Summer '11 designed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, USA

6 / 22 Ohne Titel Spring/Summer '11 designed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, USA

Junya Ishigami for Living Divani, Drop Table, Italy

7 / 22 Junya Ishigami for Living Divani, Drop Table, Italy

Seongyong Lee, Plytube, UK

8 / 22 Seongyong Lee, Plytube, UK

Designed by Martino Gamper and manufactured by Magis, Vigna Chair, Italy

9 / 22 Designed by Martino Gamper and manufactured by Magis, Vigna Chair, Italy

Irma Boom for Grafsiche Cultuurstichting, Biography in Books, Netherlands

10 / 22 Irma Boom for Grafsiche Cultuurstichting, Biography in Books, Netherlands

Rovio Mobile, Angry Birds, Finland

11 / 22 Rovio Mobile, Angry Birds, Finland

Evan Doll and Mike McCue, Flipboard, USA

12 / 22 Evan Doll and Mike McCue, Flipboard, USA

Greyworld for Nokia, Paint, UK

13 / 22 Greyworld for Nokia, Paint, UK

United Visual Artists for Virgin Media, Speed of Light, UK

14 / 22 United Visual Artists for Virgin Media, Speed of Light, UK

Custom Covers, Wallpaper*, UK

15 / 22 Custom Covers, Wallpaper*, UK

James Dyson, Dyson Air Multiplier Fan, UK

16 / 22 James Dyson, Dyson Air Multiplier Fan, UK

Hye-Yeon Park, In-Betweening Clock, UK

17 / 22 Hye-Yeon Park, In-Betweening Clock, UK

Mark and Jon Owen for Nomad, One Arm Drive System, UK

18 / 22 Mark and Jon Owen for Nomad, One Arm Drive System, UK

Designed by Muji for LEGO, Playing With LEGO Bricks and Paper, Japan and Denmark

19 / 22 Designed by Muji for LEGO, Playing With LEGO Bricks and Paper, Japan and Denmark

Laurens Van Den Acker for Renault, Dezir, France

20 / 22 Laurens Van Den Acker for Renault, Dezir, France

Fiat Style and FPT Fiat Powertrain, Fiat 500 Twinair, Italy

21 / 22 Fiat Style and FPT Fiat Powertrain, Fiat 500 Twinair, Italy

Riversimple, UK

22 / 22 Riversimple, UK


Now in its fourth edition, the Brit Insurance Design Awards exhibition - held annually at the Design Museum, London - showcases a year in global product design through seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport.

The line-up for 2011 includes an array of nominations, from graffiti art to chairs made from recycled fridges, via interactive LED screens and the ubiquitous iPad, which have been grouped together into five sections: city, play, learn, home and share. This year's category winners are: 

Architecture - Open Air Library, KARO Architekten, Germany 
Fashion - Uniqlo +J Autumn/Winter '10, Jil Sander for Uniqlo, Japan
Furniture - Branca, Industrial Facility, Italy 
Graphics - Homemade is Best, Forsman & Bodenfors for IKEA, Sweden
Interactive - Flipboard, Mike McCue and Evan Doll, USA
Product - Plumen 001, Hulger and Samuel Wilkinson, UK
Transport - Barclays Cycle Hire, Transport for London and Serco, UK

The overall winner from these finalists will be announced by a judging panel chaired by the founder-Director of the Museum, Stephen Bayley, on 15 March. This year's trophy has been designed exclusively by Ross Lovegrove.

Previous winners have included the Folding Plug, by RCA graduate Min-Kyu Choi (which is due onto the market later this year), Shepard Fairey's now-iconic Barack Obama poster and the One Laptop per Child project, by Yves Behar of Fuseproject.


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