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Beazley Designs of the Year way-finding and graphic design, Design Museum. Photography © Luke-Hayes.

9th Beazley Designs of the Year

London's Design Museum annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best designs returned for its ninth instalment. The annual exhibition and awards has this year acquired a new title sponsor, specialist insurer Beazley, as part of a five year partnership heralding the Beazley Designs of the Year.

Nominees included the last David Bowie album cover, a robot surgeon and a drinkable book.

MA! founder Bernard McCoy played a part in selecting this year's designs in June at Design Museum's new home on Kensington High Street.

Opening 24 November 2016, Beazley Designs of the Year formed part of the opening programme of exhibitions at the Design Museum.

Comprising of over 70 nominations, the exhibition celebrates the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across six categories — Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today.

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9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography © Luke-Hayes.



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9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography © Bernard McCoy.



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Fondazione Prada, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photograph by Bas Princen, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.



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Fondazione Prada, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photograph by Bas Princen, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.



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Muji pop-up toaster, rice cooker, juicer mixer, electric kettle, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography courtesy Muji.



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9th Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition poster. Photography © Bernard McCoy.



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Nida House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography © Bernard McCoy.



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Dikke Van Dale dictionary, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography © Bernard McCoy.



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Design Museum Dharavi opening exhibition, aerial view, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography courtesy Design Museum.



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Design Museum Dharavi opening exhibition, aerial view, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography courtesy Design Museum.



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David Bowie's Blackstar ★_Cover graphics used for digital and CD, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photo © Barnbrook

The selection process for the awards, now in its ninth year, starts with an international pool of design practitioners, curators, and critics who are alert to new developments in both their area of expertise and their region of the world.

Bernard has been part of this exclusive club for five years. Three of his 2016 nominations made it to the shortlisted 70 designs that were exhibited through February this year, and one took home top prize. Here are Bernard's nominations...

Overall Top Prize — 9th Beazley Design of the Year
Better Shelter

Bernard nominated Better Shelter, a flat-packed temporary structure with a solar panel, designed to improve life in refugee camps.

Design: John Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, and Tim De Haas, in partnership with IKEA Foundation and UNHCR.



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Better Shelter, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography © Bernard McCoy.



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Better Shelter units in Kara Tepe transit site, Mytilene, Lesvos, Mar 2016. Photo by Märta Terne

Beazley Design of the Year
OKO E-bike

Bernard nominated Biomega's OKO E-bike, a carbon fibre electric bike designed in Denmark, for the transport category.

Design: KiBiSi for Biomega

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Biomega OKO e-bike, 9th Beazley Designs of the Year. Photography © Bernard McCoy.



Beazley Design of the Year
Mono-Lights

Bernard nominated Mono-Lights for the product category. This flexible LED light system designed by OS & OOS can adapt to many shapes and spaces.

Design: OS & OOS

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Mono-light. 9th Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition. Mono Light copper edition photo by courtesy of OS and OOS.

Specialist insurer Beazley has entered into a five year partnership with the Design Museum, the world's leading museum of contemporary design and architecture.

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