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Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 - Shortlist Announcement

Brit Insurance Design Awards is the Design Museum's annual exploration of the of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking designs produced over the last twelve months from around the world and celebrated in seven categories: Architecture, Transport, Graphics, Interactive, Product, Furniture and Fashion

Exhibition Opens: 12 Feb – 14 June 2009
Press View: 11 Feb, 10am-12pm
Awards Night: 18 March

What do the Big Brother logo, a school, Heathrow Terminal 5 Live Adverts and Obama’s campaign logo have in common?

They are all on the shortlist for the Brit Insurance Design Awards. Following the tremendous success of their inaugural year in 2008, Brit Insurance Design Awards and supporting Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition return for their second year, making them an annual fixture on the design industry calendar.

The world’s most interesting and forward looking designs have been nominated by industry experts spanning seven categories: Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product and Transport, to be judged by a high profile panel, chaired by Alan Yentob and including the designer and environmentalist Karen Blincoe, and the
architect Peter Cook.

The shortlist will be on show at the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition from 12 February until 14 June at the Design Museum in London. From this comprehensive list, the panel will decide the category winners in each of the seven disciplines to be announced at the end of February. These finalists will go forward to vie for the 2009 Brit Insurance Design of the Year, to be revealed at the Awards Dinner on18 March 2009.

Brit Insurance Design Awards recognise the important achievements in design over the past twelve months as well as bringing lesser known design triumphs to the fore. Public participation has also been encouraged this year, with a People’s Choice Vote open from 1 January 2009 and a blog for the general public to express their views at

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said, “Design touches every aspect of our daily lives. This exciting shortlist reflects its impact on politics as well as fashion. It highlights great architecture, and smart technology. In the midst of economic chaos, creative thinking is more important than ever. Alan Yentob makes an excellent chair for an
international jury that is going to have its work cut out choosing winners.”

Brit Insurance Chief Executive Dane Douetil added, “Sustainability and efficiency are clearly growing in importance, underling the important role that intelligent design has in the reduction of risk. The shortlist for this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards certainly lives up to the exceptional standards set by last year’s 100 nominees and last year’s winner, One Laptop per Child. We look forward to seeing which design the judges will choose from the very wide range on this year’s shortlist.”

Shortlisted Designs
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Academy (London, UK)
Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Alison Brooks Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Accordia Housing (Cambridge, UK)
Snøhetta, Oslo Opera House (Oslo, Norway)
Design Indaba, 10x10 Project (Cape Town, South Africa)
Steven Holl Architects Beijing, Linked Hybrid (Beijing, China)
Shuhei Endo, Bubbletecture H, Education Centre, (Hyogo, 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)
Junya.Ishigami+Associates, Kanagawa Institute of Technology (Kanagawa, Japan)
McDowell Benedetti, Castleford Bridge (Yorkshire, UK)
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
Viktor & Rolf, Barbican Art Gallery and Siebe Tettero for The House of Viktor & Rolf
Prada by Miuccia Prada, Spring/Summer 09

Tokujin Yoshioka, Venus Chair
Tord Boontje, Fig Leaf 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
Studio Makkink & Bey, Witness Flat Series for La Galerie de Pierre Bergé et Associés
Nendo, Cabbage Chair for the XXI Ct Man Exhibition curated by Issy Miyake
Arik Levey, Workit, work station for VITRA

Graphic Design
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
Lex Reitsma, 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 Müller, Project Vitra
Job Wouters aka Letman
Engine Service Design, The Social Innovation Lab for Kent County Council
March Studio and Aesop, Aesop Stores and Branding
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
HomeHero, HomeHero Fire Extinguisher
Joe Wentworth, Ipogeo light for Artemide
CinqCinq Designers, Clean
Francois Azambourg, Pixel for Ligne Roset
Senz XL Storm Umbrella
Singgih S. Kartono, Magno Wooden Radio, Manufactured by locals in Java
Demakersvan The Netherlands, LightWind – Outdoor lamp
Trent Jansen, 3D Stencil

London and Continental Railways, High Speed 1 and St Pancras International
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 Larson, 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


Brit Insurance
Brit Insurance is a leading UK-domiciled general insurance and reinsurance group. Headquartered in London, it has regional offices across the UK and representative offices in Europe and Australia representing the Group’s FSA-regulated subsidiary Brit Insurance Limited and Brit’s leading Syndicate at the 300 year-old Lloyd’s insurance market.
The group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250.
It insures businesses and individuals worldwide against more than 80
sub-classes of risks, including Property, Liability and Motor.

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