The Top Designs Of The Year
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆
Every year the Design Museum puts on the ever popular Designs of the Year exhibition, a showcase of the top innovations in subjects as diverse as motoring, typefaces, architecture, fashion and furniture.
But can this year's selection live up to last year, which was the best incarnation we've seen? There are some great inventions and innovations on display. We were particularly impressed by the motorcycle jacket with built in airbags, the ability to 3D print prosthetic hands for bomb victims and it was inevitable that Google's self driving car would feature considering how it's likely to revolutionise transport.
All eyes will be drawn to the super sleek BMW i8 but it's not the only intelligent design on display; there is a lamp post that responds to pedestrians nearby, including the ability to assist the blind, and a chair design based on the legs of insects.
Despite these great products the rest of the exhibition lacks consistency and many of the designs don't feel innovative enough. Most of the architecture section is particularly disapppointing this year and the show overall lacks the strength in depth of its previous two iterations.
Designs of the Year 2015 is on at Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 until 23 August. Tickets are £13 for adults and this includes admission to Women Fashion Power and the AXA PPP Health Tech and You exhibitions.
Last Updated 30 March 2015