Shepard Fairey, Alber Elbaz, Steven Holl Shortlisted for Brit Insurance Design Awards

After a successful inaugural year for its Brit Insurance Designs of the Year competition, London’s Design Museum has announced the shortlist for the 2009 awards (this year’s winner, you’ll recall, was Yves Behar, for the little laptop that could). The 93 nominated designs, which will be exhibited at the museum beginning February 12, are grouped into seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product, and transport. A winner for each category will be selected by an international jury chaired by Alan Yentob, and one overall winner will be named Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009 (although good luck wrestling the strapping Behar for the sash and tiara). Online voting for the new people’s choice award opens January 1.

Among this year’s nominees are Shepard Fairey‘s now iconic Obama poster as well as the graphics and logo of the Obama campaign, designed by Sender LLC and mo/de. Among the fashion nominees are the talented and cherubic Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, and Miuccia Prada, who is shortlisted for her spring 2009 Prada collection as well as for Troubled Blossom, the fashion film she created with James Lima. The Barbican gets a nod for its splendiforous Viktor+Rolf exhibition, while Konstantin Grcic, the Freres Bouroullec, and Arik Levy are nominated for their furniture designs. On the architectural front, Steven Holl Architects makes the list for its Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing and Herzog & de Meuron is nominated for the CaixaForum Cultural Centre in Madrid. Showing up in the interactive category? Our old friends Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska for the spirited robot melodies of their Absolut Quartet. Click “continued…” for the really quite lengthy shortlist.

Brit Insurance Design Awards | 2009 Shortlist

  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Academy (London, UK)
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Alison Brooks Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects, AccordiaHousing (Cambridge, UK)
  • Snohetta, Oslo Opera House (Oslo, Norway)
  • Design Indaba, 10×10 Project (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Steven Holl Architects Beijing, Linked Hybrid (Beijing, China)
  • Shuhei Endo, Education Centre (Osaka, Japan)
  • Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, Eight Inscribed Houses and Three Patios (Spain, Gran Canaria)
  • Herzog de Meuron Architects, CaixaForum Cultural Centre (Madrid, Spain)
  • West 8 + DTAH, Spadina Wave Deck for Waterfront Toronto (Canada)
  • Adjaye Associates, Contemporary Museum of Art (Denver, USA)
  • Ishigami+Associates, Kanagawa Institute of Technology (Kanagawa, Japan)
  • McDowell Benedetti, Castleford Bridge (Yorkshire, UK)
  • Novartis Campus Masterplan (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Subarquitectura, Tram Stop — Sergio Cardell Plaza (Alicante, Spain)


  • Helen Storey with Tony Ryan, Wonderland – biodegradable materials
  • Italian Vogue: A Black Issue, July 2008
  • Linda Grant, The Thoughtful Dresser blog
  • Louise Goldin, Spring/Summer 09 — Knitwear
  • Basso & Brooke, Spring/Summer 09
  • Alber Elbaz, Creative Director, Lanvin, Spring/Summer 08
  • Miuccia Prada and James Lima, Trembled Blossom, Fashion Film
  • Duckie Brown, Spring/Summer 09 — Menswear
  • Maison Martin Margiela, Spring/Summer 09 — 20th Anniversary Collection
  • Barbican Centre and Siebe Tettero, The House of Viktor & Rolf Retrospective
  • Prada by Miuccia Prada, Spring/Summer 09


  • Tokujin Yoshioka, Venus Chair
  • Tord Boontje, Fig Leaves for Meta
  • Weiki Somers, Cloakroom, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam
  • Adam Goodrum, Stitch Chair for Cappellini
  • Ronan/Erwan Bouroullec, Magis Steelwood Family for Magis
  • Konstantin Grcic, MYTO Chair for PLANK
  • Shay Alkalay, Stack Chest of Drawers for Established & Sons
  • Nacho Carbonell, Evolution Series
  • El Ultimo Grito, Composite bench system for UNO
  • Terrence Woodgate and John Barnard, Surface Table for Established & Sons
  • Jurgen Bey, Witness Flat series for La Galerie de Pierre Berge et Associes
  • Nendo, Cabbage Chair for the XXI Ct Man Exhibition curated by Issey Miyake
  • Arik Levy, Workit, work station for VITRA


  • Shepard Fairey, Obama Poster
  • Troika, All the Time in the World for British Airways, T5, Heathrow, London
  • Sender LLC and mo/de, official election campaign, Barack Obama Logo
  • Daniel Eatock, Big Brother Logo
  • Kenya Hara, Designing Design Book
  • Jan Bons, A Designer’s Freedom
  • The Guardian graphics, illustrating current financial climate
  • Chase and Galley, IsNotMagazine
  • Mevis & Van Deursen, Baghdad Calling
  • Karel Martens & Enrico Bravi, Werkplaatz Typografie Arnhem, Oase #74
  • Lorraine Wild, Martin Kippenberger exhibition catalogue
  • Cornel Windlin, Rebecca Stephany, Marco Muller, Project Vitra
  • Job Wouters aka Letman
  • Engine Service Design, Social Innovations Lab — Kent County
  • March Studio and Aesop, Aesop Stores and Branding
  • Beattie McGuinness Bungay, Carling i-pint application
  • Zoo films director James Frost, Radiohead House of Cards


  • Lucky Bite, Dinner Table Game for Science of Survival, Science Museum
  • Joachim Sauter, Art + Com, Kinetic Sculpture for BMW Museum
  • Rumpus Room, Video for Pet Shop Boys — Integral
  • Troika, Cloud, Digital Sculpture for British Airways, T5, Heathrow, London
  • Bartle Bogle Heagarty, BA Terminal 5 “Live” Adverts
  • Post-Spectacular, Fid.Gen Bar Codes
  • Chris O’Shea, Joel Gethin Lewis, Andreas Muller, This Happened, Events
  • Troika, Digital by Design
  • The GreenEyl, Appeel
  • O’Reilly, Make Magazine
  • Media Molecule, Little Big Planet for Playstation
  • Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska, Absolut Quartet


  • Tony Mullin, Green Felt Protest Suit
  • Marloes Ten Bohmer, Rotation Moulded Shoe
  • Kode Design, Armadillo Vest with Facemask
  • Jorre can Ast, Jar Tops for Royal VKB
  • Noam Toran & Onkar Kular, The MacGuffin Library
  • Revital Cohen, Life Support 2008
  • HomeHero, HomeHero Fire Extinguisher
  • Joe Wentworth, Ipogeo light for Artemide
  • CinqCinq Designers, Clean
  • Francois Azambourg, Pixel for Ligne Roset
  • Senz XL Storm Umbrella
  • Local Manufacture Java, Magno Wooden Radio
  • Demakersvan The Netherlands, LightWind — Outdoor lamp
  • Trent Jansen, 3D Stencil


  • London and Continental Railways, High Speed 1 for St Pancras
  • IDEO, Aquaduct Concept Vehicle for water filtration
  • District, Trek District Bicycle
  • Daimler, Car2Go — car sharing
  • Medellin Metro Cable, Line J, Colombia
  • Alp Transit, Lotschberg Base Tunnel, Switzerland
  • Richard Jenkins and Dale Vince, Ecotricity Green Bird vehicle
  • KTM, Stunt Motor Bike
  • Mar Kayaks, K2 Kayak for Nelo
  • Eric Lanson, Ricky Biddle, Ben Shao and Austin Cliffe, Balance Sport Wheelchair
  • New Deal Design, Charge Spots for Better Place
  • Think Norway, Th!nk City Electrical Car Contacts