London Design Museum announces nominees for Beazley Designs of the Year 2020

London Design Museum announces nominees for Beazley Designs of the Year 2020
The London Design Museum where the "Beazley Designs of the Year 2020" exhibition will be held. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
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London’s Design Museum has announced the 74 nominees for the 2020 edition of the Beazley Designs of the Year.

Now in its 13th installment, the exhibition brings together some of the most innovative designs from the previous year spanning architecture, fashion, transport, product, and graphic designs. This year’s cohort of nominees includes the house for the Oscar-winning thriller Parasite, Stormzy’s stab-proof vest designed by Banksy and worn at Glastonbury, and the graphic now known around the world of the novel coronavirus.

The nominees offer a unique snapshot at the time just before the pandemic settled into life. In a statement about the exhibition, Emily King, curator of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2020, said “It will require careful construction and precise story telling in order to establish the big themes and preoccupations from that period. The show will be arranged chronologically, suggesting a countdown from January 2019 to the moment our attention shifted in late January 2020. More than merely an assessment of the past, it will be a frame for exploring the future.”

Votes can be submitted for favourite designs and this year’s panel of judges includes: Razia Iqbal, broadcast journalist at BBC News – Chair; Samuel Ross, founder and creative director of A-COLD-WALL*; Camille Walala, artist; Seetal Solanki, founder and director of Ma-tt-er; Matt Jones, principal designer at Google AI; Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times architecture and design critic; and Dr. Philipp Rode, executive director of LSE Cities.

Broken down by category, these are the official nominees for the Beazley Designs of the Year 2020:


  • UCCA Dune Art Museum
  • Housing No.8 (Laboratorio de Vivienda)
  • Z33: House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
  • Goldsmith Street, Norwich
  • ModSkool
  • L’Arbre Blanc
  • Parasite set design
  • Material Institute
  • Lin’an History Museum
  • Leishenshan Hospital


  • Adrift
  • The Sara Series
  • Reconstructed Superstars Spring/Summer 2020 Collection
  • Telfar bag
  • Kalank costume design
  • Moments of Clarity Collection
  • Dakala Cloth – A New African Textile
  • Scrap Case
  • Nothing New
  • Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%


  • Stormzy’s stab-proof vest
  • Ok Glacier Memorial
  • A *New* Program for Graphic Design
  • Hellscape jigsaw
  • Kiss My Genders graphic identity and typeface
  • 3D rendering of SARS-CoV-2
  • Babylon Berlin title design
  • Climax title sequence
  • Breast Friends
  • Colour of the Year: Bleached Coral
  • Tokyo 2020 Official Posters Project
  • Women and Heart Disease: Physician Bias and AI
  • Cover art for I,I by Bon Iver


  • Miquela
  • ICEYE One0Metre Radar Satellite Imaging
  • The Uncensored Library
  • A Rapist in Your Way (‘Un violador en tu camino’)
  • US & THEM
  • The Renegade Dance Challenge
  • Chernobyl Sound Design
  • The Irishman De-Ageing Technology
  • Xenobot
  • Make Your Own Masters
  • Manifold Garden
  • NAE Cities Index


  • Soundbops
  • Biometric Collar
  • Impossible Burger 2.0
  • SmartHalo 2
  • Reflectacles Privacy Eyewear
  • LEGO Braille Bricks
  • Artes y Oficios
  • Soluboard
  • DO Black
  • For.Form
  • Förändring by IKEA
  • K-Briq
  • LastSwab
  • MarinaTex
  • Self-Santising Door Handle
  • Nünude
  • Fronda Stool
  • Lucozade Sport Ooho Capsules
  • Indus
  • Border as Producer of Design
  • Judy emergency kits
  • Ouroboros Steak
  • and Batch.shield
  • The Water Box Mobile Filtration System


  • Brick arches
  • Teeter-Totter Wall
  • The Station of Being


The “Beazley Designs of the Year 2020” exhibition are on view at the Design Museum from October 21, 2020 through March 28, 2021. Tickets to visit must be purchased in advance.