Design of the year 2015 exhibition opens at London's Design Museum

by Katie Buckley | 25 Mar 2015

Hosted by London's Design Museum, the Design of the Year Awards 2015 exhibition is now open.

The exhibition showcases 76 projects that have been shortlisted for this year's award. The projects range from cutting-edge technology, for example a solar powered table that can be used indoors, to epic architectural creations like Frank Gehry's Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

Curated by the Design Museum's Gemma Curtin, the exhibition is open to all, prior to the judges choosing a winner in the middle of 2015. Now in its eighth year, the museum has consistently raised the bar for the art of exhibition design and this year is no different.

Speaking to CLAD Curtin said the idea for the concept was that each visitor should be able to have their own experiences of the 76 projects. Working with exhibition designers Benjamin Hubert and graphic designers Kellenberger-White, Curtin has produced an exhibition that not only allows the projects to speak for themselves, but is also thought-provoking for the visitor.

By using curving white facades and mounting each project in a clear and enticing fashion, individual experience is allowed to dominate. Initially, one enters a central atrium from the staircase up to the gallery. Here, the story is told of how the design of the year awards ‘provide a snapshot of the most stimulating new work from around the world’. An individual can then choose their own way to navigate the gallery, and key categories are not grouped together, making the experience an exploratory one.

One of the central themes for the 2015 awards is based around the concept of sharing and enabling access: ‘designs that put the user first, to designs that improve lives.’

All of this put together brings a real warmth to the exhibition, making the role these objects, buildings and designs play in our lives seem clearer and more relatable. The exhibition will run until August 2015. Category winners will be announced in May and the overall Design of the Year winner is announced in June.

Read the CLAD round up of the best leisure architecture here.

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Hosted by London's Design Museum, the Design of the Year Awards 2015 exhibition is now open. The exhibition showcases 76 projects that have been shortlisted for this year's award. The projects range from cutting-edge technology, for example a solar powered table that can be used indoors, to epic architectural creations like Frank Gehry's Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Curated by the Design Museum's Gemma Curtin, the exhibition is open to all,
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