Designs of the Year 2014

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Wednesday, 26 March 2014 to Monday, 25 August 2014

London is famously a hive for first-rate design, from its iconic skyline to its fashion centre. With that in mind, why not check out the Designs of the Year 2014 exhibition, launching this March at the Design Museum?

Prepare for an immersive journey into innovative and inventive work from the worlds of architecture, furniture, graphics, products and more at this exciting new event, which promises to showcase the very best in unique creativity.

It's not just British design that receives the full display treatment - nominees come from all over the world, reflecting London's wonderful international spirit.

As the name of the exhibition suggests, the exhibits are made up of nominees shortlisted for the Designs of the Year award 2014.

The highlights include a schoolhouse prototype that features a number of innovations that allow it to float on water in the event of a flood. Its unique structure highlights the threats of global warming and increasing African urbanisation.

A doppelganger structure imitating the boathouse in France also receives acclaim, as well as the characteristic furniture of Jo Nagasaka who used traditional Japanese techniques to retain a plastic-like woodgrain effect on his distinctive surfaces.

For an urban design you can see in person after your visit to the museum, head along to Albermarle Street in Mayfair and look for the unique dark shopfront created by 6a Architects. It is all the more noticeable thanks to the contrast against its neighbours.

Complete your day by checking into 41, a hotel that recognises the importance of great design following the installation of a living wall in order to offset its carbon footprint.

Take advantage of the 'Romantically' package if you're travelling with your partner or spouse, and ensure the weekend is memorable with complimentary Champagne on arrival and an evening turndown complete with rose petals and massage oils.