Designs of the Year

Art and design

Things to do

Design Museum

Until Mon Aug 25

  • Peek

    © Peek

    A portable eye examination kit allowing comprehensive check-ups to be carried out from a smartphone.

  • Frac Centre

    © Nicolas Borel

    A faceted pavilion of concrete and aluminium conceived by the architects as both a landscape and a topographic surface.

    Frac Centre
  • 75 Watt


    The product is designed especially to be made in China, its only function is to choreograph a dance performed by the labourers manufacturing it.

    75 Watt
  • Newhall Be

    © Paul Riddle

    This 84-unit scheme in Harlow, Essex integrates a mix of new and familiar house typologies, prefabricated timber construction and a highly efficient masterplan to maximise living space.

    Newhall Be
  • ABC Syringe

    © Dr David Swann

    A behaviour changing syringe designed to combat the use of non-sterile syringes. It remains colourless when stored inside a sterile pack. When exposed to air it changes colour to red within a few minutes, alerting patients and doctors so that they are better able to make risk decisions.

    ABC Syringe
  • Makoko Floating School

    A prototype floating structure, build for the historic water community of Makoko, Nigeria.

    Makoko Floating School
  • Artdirectorsclub

    © Rami Niemi

    Illustrations for the Art Directors Annual 91- a best-selling international review of the year's most innovative works in visual communication.

  • Ifmove Bicycle

    © Pacific Cycles

    A 9-speed, 11.5kg folding bike, which can be rolled along on, its 20" light weight wheels whilst folded.

    Ifmove Bicycle
  • Bike Geek

    © Uli Schade

    A dress/casual shoe hybrid with the performance of sportswear.

    Bike Geek
  • Single Seat Aircraft

    © David F Boughey

    Very lightweight but strong construction of this single seat aircraft is achieved using ultra-thin carbon fibre and foam- the empty aircraft weights just 115kg.

    Single Seat Aircraft
  • Castledown Primary School Type

    © The Entente

    A dyslexic friendly package, originally commissioned in 2011 as a bespoke typeface for Castledown Primary School, for use in every aspect of educational life; from letters the school would send to parents to a cursive version that children would use to learn joined-up handwriting.

    Castledown Primary School Type
  • Iro

    © Colin Streater

    A family of vibrant and elegant furniture making bold use of brightly coloured resin, named after the Japanese word for colour.

  • Touch Board

    © Bare Conductive

    A way to turn almost any surface or material into an interface- light switches painted on walls, interactive books or hidden sensors that can detect a person.

    Touch Board
  • Ronaldo Fraga

    © Marcelo Soubia

    A collection highlighting the natural scuffing of the cattle, the signature of the caatinga, usually considered a defect.

    Ronaldo Fraga
  • Lego Calendar

    © Adrian Westaway

    A wall mounted time planner invented for a studio, with colour coded bricks representing time spent on projects. The calendar is made entirely of Lego, but when you take a photo of it with a smartphone all of the events and timings are synchronised to an online calendar.

    Lego Calendar


© Peek

A portable eye examination kit allowing comprehensive check-ups to be carried out from a smartphone.

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  • Name:

    Design Museum

  • Address:

    Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf
    Shad Thames
    SE1 2YD

  • Venue phone:

    020 7940 8790

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  • Opening hours:

    Daily 10am-5.45pm (last adm 5.15pm)

  • Transport:

    Tube: London Bridge

  • Price:

    £12.40, £9.30 concs, £6.20 children (age 6-16), under-6s free

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Designs of the Year 2014

  • Date Time Price information
  • Thu Aug 21
    (incl museum entry) £12.40, £9.30 concs, £6.20 children (6-16), free under-6s
  • Fri Aug 22
    (incl museum entry) £12.40, £9.30 concs, £6.20 children (6-16), free under-6s
  • Sat Aug 23
    (incl museum entry) £12.40, £9.30 concs, £6.20 children (6-16), free under-6s
  • Sun Aug 24
    (incl museum entry) £12.40, £9.30 concs, £6.20 children (6-16), free under-6s
  • Mon Aug 25
    (incl museum entry) £12.40, £9.30 concs, £6.20 children (6-16), free under-6s

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Caroline G

I went in a group of four this year. Three of us go, each year, to the Design of the Year exhibition. Sadly the quality of the layout and the presentation of the chosen designs has gone down enormously. Two years or so ago the difference was huge. The layout excellent, drawing you round the exhibition looking forward to the next design on display. Wanting to spend more time. The explanations then, were clear and enticing. Something has changed. The choosing of the designs, the team laying out the exhibition and the guidance given on the presentations. All so very disappointing. I very much doubt I will return next year, and certainly not without a lot of pre exhibition research.