The Stirling Prize shortlist
has recently been announced and, I'm sorry, but I can't help but be pretty proud that I have not just one, but
two mates – and girls too (yes, sorry again but these things make a difference still) – whose names are on the "brass plates" listed. In
alphabetical order we have De Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) and DSDHA. Take a shifty at https://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAStirlingPrize/RIBAStirlingPrize.aspx. Go girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
More prize-winning design is
to be had right now at London’s Design Museum in the form of the Brit Insurance
Designs of the Year – the “Turner Prize of Design”, which I had the honour of
presenting last year and have finally caught up with the exhibition this.
And it’s another gloriously
thick slice of design in all its forms, from communications – such as the
brilliant Trillion Dollar Campaign for outlawed-by-loathsome Mugabe “The Zimbabwean”
newspaper – to architecture, and one of my favourite projects from last year,
the galleries at Raven Row by 6a architects, a deeply felt restoration of
Georgian townhouses reconceived for contemplative pleasure.
Plus the usual sprinkling of
cleverly manufactured, but very uncomfortable looking, seating. (Maybe these
design boy’s bums work slightly differently to mine, and most other people’s I
Min-Kyi Choi is the design
boy who won top prize for his folding plug – and a most fitting winner. As
Marcus Fairs of Dezeen www.dezeen.com
commented “Designer’s don’t spend enough time trying to improve the little
niggly everyday things that really affect our quality of life.” But I’m afraid
such an occasional void in product design is as much the fault of manufacturers and
consumer demand, as it is of often frustrated designers.
Last year Shepherd Fairey - rather predictably in the midst of Obama-fever - won
for his Communist Russia-style posters idolising the big O. It would be interesting to know what Fairey
and his cohorts think of their "Hero for Hope" now?