Also shortlisted for the award, now in its twelfth year, were Tommy Hilfiger’s Adaptive clothing range — for children and adults with different disabilities and designed with velcro, magnets and easy-open necklines — and Adidas’ Korean-inspired Cozy Collection, worn by Beyoncé. In total, 76 nominees have been shortlisted this year.
An innovative hands-free breast pump that can be worn inside a nursing bra, a flushable and biodegradable pregnancy test made without plastic, and a low-cost, pocket-size HIV test that can be self-administered at home have also received a nod.
The award is tied to an exhibition at London’s Design Museum, showcasing the nominees, and although the selections are not based on any single underlying concept, there are themes emerging across the various disciplines.
Tommy Hilfiger’s Adaptive line of clothing. Credit: Courtesy Design Museum
“There are a lot of designs that deal with gender bias, or addressing gender inequality,” said curator Beatrice Galilee in a phone interview. “Others are looking into sustainability and drawing attention to issues related to the climate crisis or people who are trying to put forward manifestos on how we should be living, and how we should be using materials around us.”
The exhibition itself ties into that idea, by reusing materials from the previous show that occupied the same space, curated by British architect David Adjaye on the theme of memory and architecture. “We are reusing the walls of the previous exhibition, and everything that we cut out was also reused, so the whole exhibition is analysis of contemporary exhibition making: We’re kind of using exhibition design as an exhibition in itself,” said Galilee.
A new addition to this year’s show is a film that was commissioned specifically for the architecture section. “Sometimes it’s hard for architecture exhibitions to convey their message because they necessarily end up with models or drawings. So we commissioned a film (about the nominees) to show sounds and textures and how these buildings are being used, and how these spaces are being occupied.”
The Miami College Garage, a multi-story car park in Miami’s design district, is among the Architecture nominees. Credit: Courtesy Design Museum
The overall winner will be announced on 21 November, along with winners for each category.
Browse the gallery above to see curator Beatrice Galilee’s exclusive picks for CNN Style from the 76 nominees.