Fenty Beauty, SpaceX Falcon and Sony Aibo shortlisted for Beazley Designs of the Year

Fenty Beauty, SpaceX Falcon and Sony Aibo shortlisted for Beazley Designs of the Year

Published 12th September 2018
The Design Museum has announced the 87 nominees for the 2018 Beazley Design Award. Aric Chen, this year's guest curator, selects his favorite picks from the shortlist for CNN Style, starting with Sony's new generation Aibo, the latest version of the robotic dog that debuted 12 years ago, now powered by machine learning and the cloud. Credit: Design Museum
Designers Modern Meadow have created Zoa, a collection of garments that offers the feel of natural leather but is actually made of collagen (the main component of leather) derived from yeast instead of animals. Credit: Design Museum
Fenty Beauty is an affordable make-up range designed for all skin tones, including a spectrum of darker ones not accommodated by existing brands, and created by Rihanna. Credit: Design Museum
First launched in February 2018, the Falcon Heavy is currently the world's most powerful rocket, and its launch boosters can astonishingly land back to Earth after lift-off for later use -- as seen in the picture of an actual re-entry. Credit: Design Museum
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will offer both loans from Paris and its own collection, currently crowned by Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. Credit: Design Museum
Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza now offers a completely plastic-free aisle in one of its shops, and plans to expand the idea to 74 locations by the end of 2018. Credit: Design Museum
The Burberry check meets the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag in this reimagined classic by Christopher Bailey. Credit: Design Museum
Launched in 2017, the new British Pound £1 coin has 12 sides, micro-lettering and an embedded hologram, which makes it extremely hard to counterfeit. Credit: Design Museum
Nintendo's Labo line of cardboard accessories to be used with the Switch console offers a modern interpretation of classic toys. Credit: Design Museum
Paperfuge is a low tech centrifuge to separate plasma from blood, an essential step in diagnosing infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria. It's made of paper, plastic and a string. Credit: Design Museum
The Hyperloop aims to transport passengers at 670 miles per hour in a low-pressure tube, opening up new possibilities for travel. A functioning prototype was built in May 2017. Credit: Design Museum
Design by Heatherwick Studio, the striking Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa of Cape Town repurposes a former grain silo rendered obsolete by modern shipping methods. Credit: Design Museum
Plastic is accumulating so rapidly in the oceans that by some estimates, there will be more of it than fish by 2050. This project aims to turn the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a UN-recognized nation, complete with passports and currency, so that the problem will have to be dealt with by the UN Environmental Charter. Credit: Design Museum
The Taman Bima library is the first in a series of small libraries in Indonesia built with a facade made of recycled ice-cream buckets, an easily available and cost-effective building material. Credit: Design Museum
Essentially a women's fashion line for men, Hotel Palomo plays with the definition of gender with a flamboyant design. Credit: Design Museum
The Wieden+Kennedy agency in Amsterdam has modified the lion on the Netherlands women's national football team into a lioness. It was the first time the crest was changed in 46 years. Credit: Design Museum
A trip to Mars would make us very frugal to save weight aboard the ship. These boots can be grown out of mycelium, a type of fungus. Credit: Design Museum
The European Space Agency has created this digital animation to illustrate the incredible amount of waste currently orbiting the planet, which poses great risks to spacecraft like the International Space Station. Credit: Design Museum
This project by Paul Cocksedge and Friedman Benda was born as a response to a threat of eviction from a London landlord. The designers drilled and excavated tons of material from the floor, turning it into usable furniture and revealing the history of the site all the way back to Victorian brick. Credit: Design Museum
Former bomb shelters have become spaces for social aggregation in Beijing, under the Digua community project. Credit: Design Museum
Co-developed by the Cambdrige University and Dutch organization Drog, this game is designed to show players how fake news are created, by exposing the key strategies that lead to disinformation. Credit: Design Museum
This denim jacket uses 70% less chemicals and 98% of the water used during washing and dying is recycled and re-used. Credit: Design Museum
This experimental writing system designed by Israeli designer Liron Lavi Turkenich is a hybrid of Arabic and Hebrew, allowing speakers of both languages to read the same text. Credit: Design Museum
This inflatable tent becomes an operating theater on the go, allowing doctors to perform emergency surgery in difficult areas or disaster zones. Credit: Design Museum
An MIT research group has engineered a new type of plant that emits light, by harnessing the power of luciferase, the enzyme that makes fireflies glow. Credit: Design Museum
Written by Jacopo Prisco, CNN
Rihanna's inclusive make-up line "Fenty Beauty," a bio-leather made from yeast, Sony's Aibo robotic dog and the world's first plastic-free shopping aisle are among the nominees for the Beazley Designs of the Year 2018, an annual award and exhibition run by London's Design Museum.
Also shortlisted for the award, now in its eleventh year, are the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, Nike's Nigerian football team collection, a video game that trains players to spot fake news, Palomo's gender-bending men's fashion line and the SpaceX Falcon rocket, showcasing a wide variety of entries across the six categories (products, transport, graphics, fashion, digital and architecture).
Rihanna arrives at an event in New York to celebrate the launch of her beauty brand Fenty in September 2017. Credit: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"One of the things I like about design is the fact that it's all-encompassing and there's so many ways of defining it. Its parameters are always expanding," said Aric Chen, the guest curator who shortlisted this year's 87 entries out of hundreds pitched by a group of nominators.
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Among several objects that are "really just beautifully crafted and wonderful to use," as Chen puts it, there's no shortage of socially engaged projects, like the Trash Isles campaign to turn ocean plastic into a country so that it can't be ignored or the Digua Community in Beijing, which turns former bomb shelters into spaces for social gatherings.
"There is a very pervasive thread that goes throughout the show, which is how designers are embracing the uncertainties that the world is currently confronting," said Chen.
Last year, architect David Adjaye emerged as the winner for his National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, out of a politically charged shortlist. In 2016, the award went to an emergency refugee shelter designed by Ikea. This edition's overall winner, along with a winner for each category, will be announced on Nov. 18, 2018.
Beijing's Digua community. Credit: Design Museum
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"We used to always talk about design as problem solving or forging emotional connections or some other clear cut definition," said Chen.
"At a time when the world itself is less clear cut, designers are also adapting to that in a very powerful way: addressing uncertainty by either resisting it or embracing it, and always finding positive opportunities and possibilities."
Browse the gallery above to see Aric Chen's exclusive picks for CNN Style from the 87 nominees.
Beazley Designs of the Year is on display at London's Design Museum from Sept. 12, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019.
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