After a successful inaugural year for its Brit Insurance Designs of the Year competition, London’s Design Museum has announced the shortlist for the 2009 awards (this year’s winner, you’ll recall, was Yves Behar, for the little laptop that could). The 93 nominated designs, which will be exhibited at the museum beginning February 12, are grouped into seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product, and transport. A winner for each category will be selected by an international jury chaired by Alan Yentob, and one overall winner will be named Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009 (although good luck wrestling the strapping Behar for the sash and tiara). Online voting for the new people’s choice award opens January 1.
Among this year’s nominees are Shepard Fairey‘s now iconic Obama poster as well as the graphics and logo of the Obama campaign, designed by Sender LLC and mo/de. Among the fashion nominees are the talented and cherubic Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, and Miuccia Prada, who is shortlisted for her spring 2009 Prada collection as well as for Troubled Blossom, the fashion film she created with James Lima. The Barbican gets a nod for its splendiforous Viktor+Rolf exhibition, while Konstantin Grcic, the Freres Bouroullec, and Arik Levy are nominated for their furniture designs. On the architectural front, Steven Holl Architects makes the list for its Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing and Herzog & de Meuron is nominated for the CaixaForum Cultural Centre in Madrid. Showing up in the interactive category? Our old friends Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska for the spirited robot melodies of their Absolut Quartet. Click “continued…” for the really quite lengthy shortlist.
Brit Insurance Design Awards | 2009 Shortlist