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The Design Museum in London has nominated 76 projects and products as this year’s very best, displaying them in an exhibition that will be running until August the 23rd. The winners will be chosen later this year but for now BRABBU’s Blog Team of Editors lets you know our redactions’ favorites.
1 Architecture: Desert Courtyard House
Merging crisp, modern design moves with sustainability, this home in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert was designed by Wendell Burnette Architects. It utilizes walls of rammed earth to connect visually to the surrounding landscape.
2 Digital: Responsive Street Furniture
Currently at the prototype stage, this street furniture system would enhance accessibility for people with disabilities and impairments.
3 Fashion: Rodarte AW14
One of the most whimsical of this year’s nominees, Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s autumn-winter 2014 clothing collection takes inspiration from a galaxy far, far away. Characterized by pop culture imagery, the garments feature the designers’ childhood heroes: Luke Skywalker and C3PO, among other Star Wars faves.
4 Graphic: Proposals for banknotes for the Central Bank of Norway
Last spring, Norges Bank initiated a competition to revamp Norway’s kroner bills, under the theme “the Sea.”
5 Product: “Grow It Yourself” Mushroom Materials
In the past few years, we’ve seen designers testing the limits of mushroom-based furniture and lighting. And Ecovative is leading in the way as an innovator of the mouldable, compostable material.
6 Transportation: Loopwheels
Mechanical engineer and industrial designer Sam Pearce may just have reinvented the wheel. His Loopwheels replaces a wheelchair’s spokes with springs that allow manoeuvring of more rugged territory, thanks to the resulting bounce.
Split into six categories, the nominees were selected by an impressive jury chaired by Anish Kapoor. The winners of the 2015 Designs of the Year competition will be announced later this year.