Designs of the Year category winners announced 24.02.09

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The design world's Oscars have reached stage two, with the Design Museum listing the category winners of its Brit Insurance Designs of the Year award. The New Oslo Opera House won the Architecture award, Konstantin Grcic's MYTO chair won the Furniture category, Shepard Fairey's Obama poster won Graphics, Colombia's Line-J Medellin Metro Cable won Transport and the Magno Wooden Radio won Products. Anyone who thought websites would beat out magazines at a time when print is in crisis will be reassured that two magazines have made it through: Make Magazine won Interactive and Vogue Italia: A Black Issue won Fashion. Deyan Sudjic reveals which he thinks will win the overall prize in our next issue, where we interview him using a lie detector (although two of his tips have already been wiped out, demonstrating just how unexpected this competition can be, or how unreliable our machine is). We predicted that Shepard Fairey's poster will take home the prize, but we're quietly rooting for Grcic's chair. The award will be announced on the 18 March. The Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition runs until 14 June at the Design Museum.

top image Konstantin Grcic’s MYTO chair, Italy, commissioned by BASF, manufactured by Plank



image Barack Obama Poster, USA, designed by Shepard Fairey


image New Oslo Opera House, Norway, designed by Snøhetta


image Italian Vogue: A Black Issue, July 2008, Vogue Italia, published by Condé Nast


image Make Magazine, USA, published by O’Reilly


image Line-J Medellin Metro Cable, Colombia, designed and manufactured by Poma, France. Client: Metro de Medellin Ltda


image Magno Wooden Radio, Indonesia, concept and design by Singgih S Kartono, manufactured by locals in Java

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