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Artemide and Ikea head Design Museum shortlist

AlphabetofLightArtimide and Ikea are among the companies shortlisted in the product category of the Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year.

Alphabet of Light (pictured) by Bjarke Ingels Group for Artemide is a modular lighting system that can be rearranged to form different letters of a bespoke typeface. A series of wall-mounted letters are formed from bent and straight elements of LED strip light joined together by magnets, with the intention to make assembly easy for the user. The system’s entire inner workings are concealed, leaving only a minimalist and elegant product on display. The light can be customised for any wall, ceiling or space within minutes.
The Flax Chair by Christien Meindertsma for LABEL/BREED shows is a surprising and radically innovative piece of furniture. The chair is constructed from boards that are made out of flax and a sustainable glue. After being cut out of this board, the pieces are bent into their form.
Remolten is the second collaboration of the Chilean studio gt2P with the New York based gallery Friedman Benda. It is mainly a practical research project to develop a physical parametric methodology (Paracrafting) for the production of objects in Remolten volcanic lava. Chile has the second largest and most active chain of volcanoes in the world. Throughout the Chilean mainland, there are at least 2,000 volcanoes.
Ikea’s Wedge Dowel is a small plastic or wooden fitting with milled grooves all around, which looks much like a threaded screw. It clicks into pre-drilled holes, making screws and tools unnecessary and lowering the assembly time for a piece of furniture by 50-80%.
The collection of 12 benches made entirely from Solid Textile Board by Max Lamb for Really is designed as a showcase to demonstrate and celebrate the unique properties of this new sustainable material manufactured from end-of-life textile waste.
The Snoo Smart Sleeper baby’s bed by Yves Béhar and fuseproject for Dr Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby is a mechanised bassinet that gently rocks babies back to sleep at the push of a button. Lack of sleep for new parents is an everyday norm, and a serious issue which can quickly become a health problem for both parents and the baby. When the baby cries, a parent can simply push Snoo’s button, and it will respond to the baby with increased sound and motion for three minutes, until the baby falls asleep again. Snoo also helps a baby establish circadian rhythms to establish a day-night sleep schedule faster.
The Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display from 18 October to 28 January. The category winners and an overall winner will be announced on 25 January.