Better Shelter is a Stockholm-based social enterprise that develops and provides housing solutions for displaced people. The shelter was designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicolò Barlera, the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

The white shelter, which enables refugees to easily assemble a prefab hut-like home, was the winner of the architecture category.

Better Shelter unit. Photo by Jonas Nyström
Jonathan Barnbrook, at Barnbrook for David Bowie/Sony Entertainment Inc., won the graphics category for his striking album cover of David Bowie's Blackstar album. (The image graced the cover of the January/February 2016 issue of Damn.) The album was released on Bowie's 69th birthday on 8 January 2016, two days before Bowied died of cancer.

A coffee cup, titled Space Cup, used by astronauts won the product category. Designed by Mark Weislogel and Andrew Wollman of IRPI LLC in Oregon in collaboration with John Graf and Donald Pettit from NASA, the gravity-defying, highly innovative cup is a game-changer. Until now, astronauts have sipped through a straw from sealed drink bags to avoid spillages. The Space Cup, however, uses surface tension to direct the liquid toward the astronaut’s mouth whilst drinking from an open cup.

Blackstar album. Cover used for digital and CD. Photo by Barnbrook
A Royal College of Art graduation project, titled OpenSurgery about a do-it-yourself robotic surgeon, was awarded the digital design prize. The project was inspired by uninsured Americans performing minor operations on themselves and others in videos which they posted on YouTube. The robotic surgeon is a machine that combines 3D printing with laser cutting technology hacked with surgical equipment bought online. The initial concept originated from the Healthcare Futures Workshop at the Kyoto Institute for Technology in Japan.

Children vs. Fashion, a video exploring eight-year-old Spanish children's responses to advertising in a school in Madrid, bagged the fashion category award.

Astronaut Cristoforetti imbibes the first esspresso in space. Photo by Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA NASA)
OpenSurgery - domestic surgery theatre. Photo by Juuke Schoorl
All the projects are included in the 'Beazley Designs of the Year' exhibition, running at the Design Museum until 19 February 2017.

This was the ninth edition of the prize, awarded by Beazley, an insurance company. The chair of the jury was Jana Scholze, associate professor of curating contemporary design at Kingston University.

Still from the video Kids vs. Fashion. Photo by Yolanda Dominguez.
Design London Exhibition