BBC iPlayer and eco-underwear on Brit Insurance shortlist

The BBC’s iPlayer and Yves Béhar’s sustainable Pact underwear have been named on the shortlist for the 2010 Brit Insurance Designs of the Year awards.

They are joined on the shortlist by designs including Pearson Lloyd’s Design Bugs Out commode, Pentagram partner Harry Pearce’s war memorial for the Science Museum, and a folding plug designed by Royal College of Art graduate Min-Kyu Choi.

The awards are broken down into seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport, with category winners vying to be selected as overall winner.

Notable contenders in the architecture list include Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi museum in Rome, and David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap’s work on Berlin’s Neues Museum.

In the fashion category, Beth Ditto’s collection for Evans is up against nominations including Stephen Jones’s Hats: An Anthology collection for the Victoria & Albert Museum.

In the furniture category, Thomas Heatherwick’s Extrusions collection faces challengers including Nina Tolstrup’s Pallet Furniture, while the graphics category features designs including Alex Hudson and Will Beck’s It’s Nice That publication and Chris Ware’s New Yorker cover design.

The interactive category pits Amazon’s Kindle 2 against designs including the Onedotzero festival identity, by Karsten Schmidt and Wieden & Kennedy London, while in the product category, Omlet’s Beehaus is up against designs including Jon Bøhmer’s Kyoto Box.

The transport category sees Motivation’s Worldmade Sport Wheelchair battle it out against designs including Yves Béhar’s Mission One Superbike.

An exhibition of all shortlisted entries will be held from 17 February to 6 June at the Design Museum in London, category winners will be announced on 4 March, and the winner will be announced at an awards dinner on 16 March.

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