MOCA Cleveland, Konstantin Grcic’s Medici chair, and the 2012 Olympic Cauldron are among the Designs of the Year contenders.
Rare is the shortlist that includes the work of Renzo Piano, a zombie-apocalypse-themed smartphone app, and a non-stick ketchup bottle (straight out of MIT), but so it is with the 2013 Designs of the Year nominees, announced today by London’s Design Museum. The more than 90 contenders represent “the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months” across seven categories: architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, and transport. Among the notable nods are Farshid Moussavi‘s smart and shiny Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the Wind Map created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, Front’s bubble-blowing Surface Tension Lamp (which kept crowds mesmerized last month at Design Miami), the Dior ready-to-wear debut of Raf Simons, and Irma Boom‘s new identity for the soon-to-reopen Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. An exhibition opening March 20 at the Design Museum will bring together all of the nominated designs in advance of the award announcements in April. In the meantime, pick your favorites from the complete shortlist (below).