The Open Air Library in Magdeburg by Germany’s Karo Architekten won in the Architecture category; the Branca chair by Industrial Facility, Sam Hecht, Kim Colin and Ippei Matsumoto topped the Furniture group; and Ikea cookery book Homemade Is Best by Forsman & Bodenfors won in the Graphics category.
The top Product prize was awarded to Hulger and Samuel Wilkinson’s low-energy light bulbs, Plumen 001, while the Uniqlo +J autumn/winter collection by Jil Sander topped the Fashion category.
The judging panel includes Fray founder Simon Waterfall, graphic designer Mark Farrow, novelist Will Self, and pro vice-chancellor (research & enterprise) of Kingston University Penny Sparke. It is chaired by design critic Stephen Bayley.
Bayley says, ‘Anything that is made betrays the beliefs, preoccupations and fears of the people who made it. Never more than this year: there’s a strong sense of austerity, responsibility and realism here.’
The award nominations will be on show at London’s Design Museum until 7 August. The overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year winner will be announced on 15 March.