Design Museum Announces Category Winners for Designs of the Year

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A British government website, a documentary on fashion editor Diana Vreeland, and a folding bicycle wheel are among the seven category winners for the Design Museum's annual Designs of the Year awards.

The longlist for the awards, which were previously known as the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year, was announced in January, and featured designs across seven categories: architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport.

From the seven category winners, which celebrate the best in design from the past 12 months, one overall winner will be chosen and announced on April 16. Last year, that honor went to the London Olympic Torch, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Tour Bois-Le-Pretre
Tour Bois-Le-Pretre

This year's category winners include the Tour Bois-Le-Pretre in Paris, nominated in the architecture category. A former housing tower in a down-and-out neighborhood, the tower was made over by architects Frederic Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal by upgrading existing architecture.

In the digital category, the Gov.UK website (see above), which acts as an umbrella site for all of the websites for the United Kingdom government, won, while "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel," a documentary by Lisa Immordino Vreeland (the fashion icon's granddaughter-in- law) took the honors in the fashion category.

The Medici Chair, designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi, won in the furniture category, while the identity for the Venice Architecture Biennale, by the John Morgan Studio, won in the graphics category.

In products, the Kit Yamoyo,an anti-diarrhea kit designed by Simon Berry's ColaLife and PI Global, won. The program works to open up Coca-Cola distribution channels to carry useful social products into developing countries. The Morph Folding Wheel, which was initially designed for bicycles but now has immense usefulness for wheelchair users, won in the transport category. It was designed by Vitamins for Maddak.

The winning entries, along with all the shortlisted designs are on show at the Design Museum until July 7.

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