Designs of the Year winners announced

The website and John Morgan Studio’s identity for the Venice Architecture Biennale are among the category winners of the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year

The website and John Morgan Studio‘s identity for the Venice Architecture Biennale are among the category winners of the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year

This year’s jury was chaired by Ilse Crawford and consisted of Johanna Agerman Ross (editor of Disegno), architect Amanda Levete, Olga Polizzi (director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels), garden designer Sarah Raven, Nicolas Roope of Poke and, er, Griff Rhys Jones

The panel chose the Venice Architecture Biennale as winner in the Graphics category. Its stencil typography is a reference to Venetian street signage, or nizioletti (Eye has a good post about the thinking behind the project here) won in the Digital category (read our extensive piece on the project from our Nov 2012 issue here)


Other category winners were, in architecture, Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal’s Tour Bois-Le-Pretre, which revived an old tower block in Paris





In Fashion, the winner was, unusually, a documentary, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s film Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel


The Furniture winner was the Medici chair by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi



While ColaLife and PI Global’s anti-diarrhoea kit, Kit Yamoyo, which is made available to those in need in Africa using Coca-Cola’s distribution channels, won in Products


And the Transport winner was the Morph Folding Wheelchair Wheel, designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc.

The seven winning designs will now compete for the overall Design of the Year 2013, to be announced on April 16. The winning entries, along with all the shortlisted designs are on show at the Design Museum until July 7.



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  • So glad that won – they completely revolutionised the government’s digital offering… completely deserved.

  • is a worthy contender of this year’s Oscar

  • I totally love the Venetian stencil street signs but I wonder if it’s enough to win that prize. The website on the other side, totally deserves the “prize”.

  • Yea, a little uninspiring on the whole to me…good, but not above and beyond for my money..

  • Anyone who can make a wheel fold up and still work perfectly is a genius. This deserves the overall prize in my opinion.

  • Amy

    Hate that chair.