See 10 Arresting Objects Nominated for the London Design Museum's 2013 Awards

See 10 Arresting Objects Nominated for the London Design Museum's 2013 Awards
"Donky Bicycle" designed by Ben Wilson
(John Selby)

LONDON — The Design Museum has announced its nominees for their annual award recognizing the best in global design.

Over 90 contenders spread across seven categories were selected by a panel of industry experts. Costumes from the movie “Anna Karenina” designed by Jacqueline Durran, the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick StudioThe Shard designed by Renzo Piano, and the Louis Vuitton Collection by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama were among the designs that were nominated.


The Design Museum's Designs of the Year award is in its sixth year and recognizes international talent in seven areas: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product, and Transport. The winners from each category and an overall winner will be crowned in April.

Veteran designer Zaha Hadid has been nominated twice this year for her work on the Galaxy Soho building in Beijing and the Liquid Glacial Table, which resembles running water. The late architect Louis Kahn, who passed away in 1974, has also been recognized for his work on Four Freedoms Park in New York, which was finally completed late last year. 

Emerging designers have not been overlooked. Prototypes from the Varanasi Research Group's non-stick ketchup bottle and the Centre for Vision in the Developing World’s self-adjustable glasses aimed at children with no access to opticians both made the shortlist. 

The Design Museum will be showing all the nominated works in an upcoming exhibition opening in March.

To see ARTINFO UK's top picks from the nominees, click here for the slideshow.

“Designs of the Year 2013”, from March 20 – July 7, at the Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD