March 11, 2013, 4:19 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- What do the Shard, the recent movie adaptation of Anna Karenina, and Southbank Centre installation success A Room for London have in common?
They are all nominees for the Designs of the Year awards 2013 – an annual celebration of the most innovative and exciting offerings that the design world (in all its forms) has offered over the past twelve months.
Happily, the public can see all the contenders and make their own mind up from 20 th March. London's Design Museum will be host to all the nominations until 7th July. The winner will be announced to the public on 17th April 2013.
With seven categories and a high profile judging panel, it's billed as the Oscars of the design world, and quite rightly so. Covering architecture, fashion, furniture and transport, you can see the most cutting-edge designs from clothing to cars.
You can expect to see Jacqueline Durran's Anna Karenina Costumes, and Renzo Piano's blueprints for London Bridge's gargantuan Shard in the Design Museum, as well as lesser-known but equally celebrated offerings from around the world.
All these nominees will be hoping to take the ultimate prize from last year's victors, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who were awarded the prize for their design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch.
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