Nike's Pro Hijab and Washington's African American History and Culture Museum Are Among Design Museum Award Winners

London Museum Also Rewarded the New York Times Magazine and Others

Published On
Jan 25, 2018

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Nike's Pro Hijab are among the winners of London's Design Museum's Beazley Design of the Year for 2017.

The Washington D.C. Museum, selected as the winner of the Architecture category, and designed by Sir David Adjaye, overcame the other five category winners to claim the overall award. Inaugurated by President Obama in September 2016, the 313,000-square-foot building comprises a three-tiered structure covered in bronze plates. Designed to shade the glazed facades behind, the filigree cladding is patterned to reference the history of African American craftsmanship.

Nike's Pro Hijab, named the winner in the fashion category, was designed by Rachel Henry, Baron Brandt, Megan Saalfeld and Brogan Terrell. Nike worked alongside a team of athletes to develop a single-layer stretchy high-performance Hijab that could change the face of sport for Muslim women. Inspired by Sarah Attar's win for Saudi Arabia at the 2012 Olympics, it was unveiled two days before International Women's Day. (Creativity ranked it among our top 10 print/design projects for 2017. )

The winner in the Graphics category was The New York Times Magazine's "The Fractured Lands." The issue contained a single, long nonfiction narrative by Scott Anderson and 20 photographs by Paolo Pellegrin telling the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Other winners included, in the product category AIR-INK, the first commercially available ink made from air pollution. Designed by Graviky Labs, it industrializes the process of capturing and recycling air pollution emissions into advanced pigments and inks.

Scewo, the winner in the transport category, is a stairclimbing mobility device that will allow disabled persons to be more flexible and independently reach locations that were previously inaccessible. Meanwhile, the technology Rapid Liquid Printing, which enables the creation of large scale, customized products made of real-world materials, won in the digital category.

The six category winners along with the further 56 other nominations are on display at the Design Museum until Feb. 18.