Category Winners for
Designs of the Year 2013

The Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of The Year 2013 will be announced on Wednesday 16 April at an awards evening held at The Angler, South Place Hotel, London.

The Seven Category winners are:

Architecture: TOUR BOIS-LE-PRÊTRE, PARIS Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal


Transformation of Tour Bois-le-Prêtre

The transformation of this run-down tower block in northern Paris created an alternative approach to the physical and social redevelopment of decaying post-war housing.


Digital: GOV.UK WEBSITE Government Digital Service


The new website aims to combine all the UK Government’s websites into a single site. The project could save the public £50 million a year by building a platform to make web publishing simpler for government and delivering more services online.


Fashion: DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL Lisa Immordino Vreeland



Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (granddaughter-in-law of Diana Vreeland) was chosen in the fashion category for her documentary on influential fashion columnist and editor Diana Vreeland (1903-1989). Called ‘The Empress of Fashion’, Diana’s impact on fashion and style, in her time, was legendary. With 350 illustrations, including many famous photographs by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and other major fashion photographers, this film shows fashion as it was being invented.


Furniture: MEDICI CHAIR Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

Medici Chair

Konstantin liked the idea of working with planks. They signify the very beginning of the production process. The chair expresses the characteristics of wood – it’s made from three types – thermo treated ash, walnut and douglas fir – joined at irregular angles. The design is a celebration of carpentry and results in a comfortably reclined seat.





Designed to be the most beautiful of city sign systems, the graphics for The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale were a reinvention of existing traditional Venetian street signage – intended to blend in with the fabric of their surroundings. Stencil text is contained in white plaster panels and roughly framed in black. The text is painted black, with undertones of Prussian blue – the blue used in blueprints.


Products: KIT YAMOYO ColaLife and PI Global



ColaLife works in developing countries and takes advantage of the transportation of Coca-Cola to carry ‘social products’ such as anti-diarrhoea kits to save children’s lives. Slotting perfectly in the gaps left in a Coca-Cola crate the kit effectively piggy backs on existing distribution channels to deliver life saving medicine.


Transport: MORPH FOLDING WHEEL Vitamins for Maddak Inc.


The wheelchair re-invented. For the first time the wheels on a wheelchair are able to fold flat and fit in storage compartments of airplanes and small cars. The wheel has been developed with support from the Royal College of Art, the Wingate Foundation and the James Dyson Foundation.


In the video below Design Museum asks ‘What makes a Design of the Year?’…take a look at the responses and get an overview of all the contenders, currently showing at the museum’s exhibition.