The Design Museum will once again be hosting their Designs Of The Year exhibition in 2015, giving us a review of some of the coolest designs for everything from fashion and new technology, to engineering and architecture. It makes for a pretty impressive opportunity to see some of the creativity that you’ll already know and love, while also giving you a chance to find out about more than a few hidden design gems at the five month long exhibition.
The doors for the installations at the Design Museum will be thrown open to the public on the 23rd March 2015 with a fairly lengthy display until the 25th August 2015, seeing it’s way through the majority of Spring and Summer. Marking it’s eighth year in existence, it’s now become a pretty big fixture in the London museum exhibition calendar, making it a must-see for design lovers.
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale already, so you can book up in advance to avoid dissapointment if you’re planning a trip on the busier opening weekends. Ticket prices, including Gift Aid, are £13 for adults, £6.50 if you’ve got an Arts Pass or if you’re under 16-years-old or disabled, and £9.75 if you’re a student. Children under the age of 6 are free. As are disabled helper tickets. A tickets will grant you entrance to all exhibitions at the Design Museum on the day.
The Designs Of The Year 2015 exhibition will be made up of six core categories covering architecture, digital, fashion, products, graphics and transport, providing a wide range of areas of expertise in the world of design. As with other years, there will be around 75 individual items chosen by a variety of international design experts, practitioners and academics on show throughout the duration of the display.
A specially selected panel will also be expected to select an overall winner from the body of work included to be named as the Design Of The Year for 2015. They have a fair while to deliberate over their decision, as the announcement of the winner isn’t planned until May 2015, but each of the nominated works will be confirmed in February, so we’ll be able to pick out our favourites from then on.
Previous winners of the coveted title have included Baghdad-born architect, Zaha Hadid, for the stunning designs that went into making the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, the gov.uk website and the London 2012 Olympic torch. Past entrants have included UNIQLO’s Jil Sander +J Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, the app game Angry Birds and the light-infused, freedom inspiring beauty of the Forest For A Moon Dazzler bamboo house in Costa Rica by British architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe (check out our coverage of the 2011 Design Awards to see it for yourself).
The exhibition itself acts as a showcase for design projects from the previous 12 months, celebrating design that promote or engender change, enable access, extend design principles and practice or capture the spirit of the year. For anyone that has noticed that the furniture category is no longer included in the exhibition, you might take some comfort in the knowledge that this is now included int he product category, so while it doesn’t have as big a showcase as it did previously, it hasn’t been entirely forgotten.