Pictures: Feast for the eyes


Johannesburg - An app which promotes child safety by killing off its characters with grisly inventiveness; bottle caps that become building blocks; a floating classroom; and an aircraft that weighs less than a Galapagos tortoise.

These might sound like the product of a primary school brainstorm but – along with 72 other weird and wonderful objects, buildings and virtual inventions – they are the finalists for the Designs of the Year 2014.

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Lego Calendar  Designed by Adrian Westaway, Clara Gaggero, Duncan Fitzsimons, Simon Emberton.Magazine  Designed by Stephen Jones. Stephen Jones dedicated his issue of this cult fashion magazine to Anna Piaggi and the art of illustration.Iro  Jo Nagasaka for Established and Sons. Named after the Japanese word for colour, Iro is a collection of vibrant yet elegant furniture which remains true to Nagasakas minimalist style.Grand Central  Designed by Thibault Brevet.Facade for Paul Smith, Albemarle Street, London  Designed by 6a Architects.Chineasy Created by ShaoLan Hsueh with Illustrations by Noma Bar.Makoko Floating School, Nigeria  Designed by NL�, Makoko Community Building Team.The designer interior of the UN North Delegates' Lounge, New York. Airports are advised to get tough on alcohol sales in departure lounges as more drunk passengers cause havoc on board.

The longlist for the award, overseen by London’s Design Museum, is revealed to showcase innovation and ingenuity from around the world by figures ranging from Zaha Hadid to Miuccia Prada, to the backers of a crowd-sourced rescue drone.

Visitors to the museum and its social media sites will be able to vote for their favourite among the nominated designs, which also include a recoiling mudguard and talking lampposts. - Cahal Milmo, The Star

The full list of nominees can be found at

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