Government website and folding wheel up for award

11 April 2013
By Edd Gent
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An exhibition of nominees for the Design of the Year 2013 award are on show at the Design Museum in London until July 7

An exhibition of nominees for the Design of the Year 2013 award are on show at the Design Museum in London until July 7

The Morph folding wheel designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc

The Morph folding wheel designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc

The Medici chair designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

The Medici chair designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

The gov.uk website designed by Government Digital Service

La Tour Bois-le-Petre, Paris, designed by Frederic Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

La Tour Bois-le-Petre, Paris, designed by Frederic Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

The reinvention of the wheel and the Government's new website are in contention for the Design of the Year 2013 award.

They are among seven notable creations that have beaten the Olympic Cauldron and The Shard to remain in the running to win the coveted international award run by the London-based Design Museum.

The winners of the awards' seven categories were announced yesterday and include a folding wheelchair wheel, the Government’s new website, a designer chair built using the latest computer technology and the renovation of a faded 1960s tower block in Paris, which reduced energy consumption by 50 per cent.

Curator Pete Collard describes the awards as a review of "the most innovative, forward-thinking and culturally relevant projects from the past 12 months".

"The work selected demonstrates the many ways in which design can transform our physical and cultural landscape," he says.

The overall winner, picked by a design jury from the best creations in architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, products and transport, will be announced at a central London ceremony on April 16.

An exhibition of some of the nominees is on show at the museum until July 7. Visit the website for details.

The category winners are:

• Architecture – La Tour Bois-le-Petre, Paris designed by Frederic Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

• Digital – gov.uk website designed by Government Digital Service

• Fashion – Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

• Furniture – Medici chair designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

• Graphics – Venice Architecture Biennale identity designed by John Morgan Studio

• Products – Kit Yamoyo designed by ColaLife and PI Global

• Transport – Morph folding wheel designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc

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