Showcasing the most innovative projects from the last 12 months, the Designs of the Year exhibition is now open at London's Design Museum. From Google's self-driving car to microchips that mimic human organs and a book printed without ink, the nominees for this year have to be seen to be believed. Spanning six categories, it features the latest and greatest in the worlds of fashion, product design, graphics, architecture, digital and transport. Whether it's an app or a beautiful coat, all of these designs were picked because of their quality to enhance everyday life. Now that's our kind of design.
Here are some of our highlights, but make sure you head to the Design Museum to see all 76 nominated projects. The exhibition will run until August 23rd 2015.
Monument Valley by Ustwogames
If you haven't yet been introduced to digital puzzle Monument Valley, (above), you've got still got that pleasure to come, you lucky things. A surreal and beautiful journey through a fairytale-like landscape, it's perhaps best described as M. C. Escher meets Sleeping Beauty. And it's seriously addictive.
Strap Chair by Scholten & Baijings
Stackable, lightweight and useable for both indoors and out, what more could you want in a chair? Made from strong polyester fabric woven around a powder-coated steel frame, it removes the need for foam or other upholstery materials without sacrificing on comfort. Best of all is the imaginative colour combos - olive and pale pink, and powder blue and fluro red.
Fausto Puglisi 2014/15 Fall collection
The Sicilian designer whose pieces have been worn by Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Rihanna, showed a collection which referenced diverse inspirations including the Ballets Russes and the artwork of Sonia Delaunay (pictured top left). Using notoriously difficult materials such as silk, crepe wool, and soft leather with intricate hand embroideries, it's a celebration of all things ‘Made in Italy’. We've got serious outfit envy.
Kenzopedia by Toni Halonen for Kenzo Paris
Kenzopedia was an article series published on Kenzo's web page revealing the inspirations and themes behind the spring collection. Each of the 26 articles contained an illustrated story that was related to it (pictured top right). Bold, dynamic and achingly cool, these artworks are packed with fun and bring life to the fashion house's creations.
Proposals for Banknotes Designs for the Central Bank of Norway by by Metric Design and Snøhetta Design
Imagine trying to design a banknote for your country? No pressure, then. In spring 2014 Norges Bank (The Central Bank of Norway) held a competition to design for a new Norwegian banknote series, communicating the theme ‘The Sea’. Each side of this note is by different designers, using modern pixel motifs on one side and more traditional illustration on the other, bringing together the old and new in a seamless way.
Markthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands by MVRD
Located in the center of Rotterdam, Markthal is the first covered food market of the Netherlands. Looking like some sort of space craft from the future, its made up of 228 apartments that enjoy views either towards the historic Laurenskwartier, or towards the market through windows or a glass floor made of sound and smell proof triple glazing (probably a good idea if you happen to live above the cheese stands of the market). Inside, a mural by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam shows oversized images of market produce available, while the flowers and insects refer to the work of Dutch still life masters from the 17th century. The image was printed onto perforated aluminum panels, and then attached to acoustic panels for noise control. Other apartment block have a lot to live up to - the corner shop suddenly looks rather dull.