The first in an annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds. Selected from around the world, Brit Insurance Designs of the Year presents 100 projects nominated by a group of internationally respected design experts, curators, critics, practitioners and enthusiasts. These projects fall within seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. The exhibition gives an overview of the most significant achievements in design and architecture in the last year, whether they are projects by a practice, a team or an individual.
An international jury, each with expertise in their respective fields, have selected category winners for the Brit Insurance Design Awards, recognising the best of contemporary design from around the world in each category as well as an overall winner.
Architecture: National Stadium: the Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, architect: Herzog & de Meuron, client: National Stadium Co. Ltd Beijing, China
Fashion: Airborne Autumn/Winter 07, design by Hussein Chalayan
Furniture: 100 Chairs in 100 Days, design and manufacture by Martino Gamper
Graphics: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, Creative director Paul Buckley and co art director Helen Yentus, design by various artists for Penguin Group USA
Interactive: Burble London, design by Haque Design + Research Ltd, with Seth Garlock and Rolf Pixley
Product: One Laptop Per Child, design by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject, for OLPC & Quanta Computer Inc.
Transport: Mex-x, wheelchair for children by Meyra- Ortopedia Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH
The overall winner will be announced and presented on 18 March 2008.