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Beazley Designs of the Year

The annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition returns, providing a snapshot of the very best in innovative design from the past year.


What to expect

Now in its 10th year, the exhibition brings together over 60 global projects across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – featuring film, virtual reality, audio and objects representing the breadth and variety of this year’s designs.

Activism and protest has proven to be a strong theme across many of the categories. See the original Pussyhat, symbolising women’s solidarity in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks and the Refugee Nation Flag, created to represent stateless athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Be transported to 1920s France with the help of VR goggles, to explore rooms featuring furniture by Pierre Chareau, the great Art Deco architect. A more contemporary (and harrowing) experience is Forensic Architecture’s state of the art virtual reconstruction of the reality faced by prisoners in a Syrian detention facility.

Nominated by renowned academics, critics and designers, each project has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to design that has captured the spirit of the times. The public vote is now open and a jury of industry experts will decide on the award winners in January 2018.

"From the brilliant to the brutal...a glimpse into what the world of tomorrow may look like"-★★★★ The Times

In conversation

Beazley Designs of the Century (So Far)

Hear from industry experts including Deyan Sudjic, co-director of the Design Museum and Glenn Adamson, guest curator of this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year discussing the winners and losers from the past 10 years.

Booking information

Exhibition ticket prices
Adult £10
Student/concession £7.50*
Family (1 adult + 3 children) £17
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £24
Child (6 - 15 years) £5
Children under 6 years free
Members free

10% discount is applied when booking 10 or more tickets online. Alternatively, please contact the Bookings Office (Mon - Fri 10;00 to 17:00) on +44 20 3862 5937 or +44 20 3862 5900.

Become a member for unlimited free entry to all exhibitions.

*Concession tickets include seniors (over 60 years), the disabled and a companion and job seekers.

Last exhibition entry 17:00



This category features new buildings, including Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré’s Lycée Schorge Secondary School, built from locally sourced materials.


A wide ranging category featuring a text message service for refugees and global sensation, Pokémon Go.


This year’s nominees feature a wide range of themes, from the social justice craftivist movement, to up-cycled fashion and celebrity fashion.


A year of political unrest has proven to be a strong theme for this category, including the creation of a Refugee Nation Flag designed for the first ever Olympic refugee team.


This broad category includes the latest solution from IKEA for replacing screws and a craft beer inspired by the experience of African immigrants living in Europe.


The shortlist this year includes transport designs that explore self-driving, electric and energy efficient models and even a 3D printed bus.

The judges

Find out more about this year's judging panel for Beazley Designs of the Year.

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