Hot off the press – Designs of The Year winners announced

10 April 2013
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“Everyone’s a winner baby” sang Hot Chocolate and in a way they were right, but in another, more accurate way they were wrong. Of course all the work which gets nominated for the Design Museum’s prestigious Designs of the Year is brilliant, but we’ve just this minute received word which projects scooped the top prize in each of the seven categories.

The winners – of whom you can find out more using the links at the bottom of the page – are as follows…


Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal: Tour-Bois-Le-Pretre, Paris


Government Digital Service: GOV.UK


Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi: Medici Chair


John Morgan Studio: The Venice Architecture Biennale identity


ColaLife and PI Global: Kit Yamoyo


Vitamins for Maddak Inc: Morph Folding Wheel

Curator Pete Collard said: “Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s authoritative review of the most innovative, forward-thinking and culturally relevant projects from the past 12 months. The work selected demonstrates the many ways in which design can transform our physical and cultural landscape.”

Some might have been predicted while others are sure to come as a bit of a surprise but there’s no doubting they’re all worthy winners. All eyes now turn to next week’s ceremony now when the overall victor will be crowned (sadly not literally).

You can read more about each of the projects here:

Druot, Lacaton and Vassal: La Tour Bois-Le-Pretre, Paris
Government Digital Service: GOV.UK Website
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi: Medici Chair
John Morgan: Venice Architecture Biennale Identity
Simon Berry: Colalife
Vitamins for Maddak Inc: Morph Folding Wheel

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Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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