Nov 21, 2016

Beazley Designs of the Year Highlights

Now in its ninth year, and one of the opening exhibitions at the fantastic new London Design Museum, Beazley Designs of the Year return in November with its usual progressive nominations. We take a look at some of this year’s highlights
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2016/ is a new brand that puts together the porcelain making skills of potteries in Arita, Japan, with 16 international designers. The result is a striking mix of contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship. A fresh perspective to revive Aritaware.

Creative directors Teruhiro Yanagihara and Scholten & Baijings lead the venture, pairing designer with manufacturer, as well as overseeing the production process of each product. The complete 2016/ collection was launched in the spring of 2016, on the four hundred year anniversary of Arita porcelain’s birth.

Adaptive Manufacturing

Adaptive Manufacturing, the collaborative project by Sander Wassink and Olivier van Herpt aims to highlight the production process in their work. They explore the lost connection between local influence and the local environment as a result of machine production and attempt to reinstill this connection by designing scripts that makes machinery distil shapes and texture to external phenomenon. External information is measured by sensors and translated into movements by the printer - a machine that feels its environment and documents that in its creation.


Mono-lights, the creation of Studio OS ∆ OOS, is a multi-function lighting system that bends, extends and transforms so that it can be assembled to suit any location.

It aims to further design in order to meet the ‘ever increasing demands for products to become lighter, faster, smaller, more intuitive and interface with us as human beings.’ By being completely flexible they become more multifunctional, able to be bent or contorted to fix into any situation.

Ile/ w153

Based on Inga Sempe’s childhood memories of the versatility and attainability of clamp lamps, Ile attempts to bring parity between the clamp lamp and desk lamp by bringing a happy and light typology to the humble lamp.

Tokyo Tribal

Nendo’s Tokyo Tribal collection consists of 25 objects, from stools to shelves, that aim to work together to be greater as a whole than the sum of their parts.

Woven bamboo baskets become backrests for chairs and neat storage compartments for tables in these simple, compact, largely solid-oak designs.

The concepts of ‘furniture’ and ‘miscellaneous interior goods’ are combined and intentionally confused as these products are allowed to converge and function together to create a sense of a small, tightly-knit tribe.