Awesome architecture, futuristic fashion, fun furniture, groovy graphics: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea. It can feel like stumbling across the best garage sale ever: sometimes the sheer diversity of design on display makes your head spin, with entries invited from all over the world.
This year's nominees include Paul Cocksedge Studio’s Double O bike lights; Marjan Van Aubel’s phone charging Current Table; an MC Escher-inspired video game by Ustwogames; a reimagining of the kettle as a single rod (named Miito) that heats directly in the mug; and a mushroom-based modelling material you can grow yourself (see the lampshades in the slideshow above). The overall winner is announced on June 4.