BDA 2012

November 28, 2014 / The British Design Awards
  • FIRST PLACE: OLYMPIC VELODROME BY HOPKINS ARCHITECTS – Unsurprisingly, it was cycling that inspired the velodrome’s architectural design. ‘The bicycle is an ingenious ergonomic object and we wanted the same creativity and engineering rigour that goes into the bike to manifest itself in the building,’ says Michael Taylor (pictured), senior partner at Hopkins Architects (hopkins.co.uk)

    FIRST PLACE: OLYMPIC VELODROME BY HOPKINS ARCHITECTS – Unsurprisingly, it was cycling that inspired the velodrome’s architectural design. ‘The bicycle is an ingenious ergonomic object and we wanted the same creativity and engineering rigour that goes into the bike to manifest itself in the building,’ says Michael Taylor (pictured), senior partner at Hopkins Architects (hopkins.co.uk)

  • SECOND PLACE: OLYMPIC TORCH BY BARBER & OSGERBY – This golden beauty takes the design of Olympic torches to new heights, doing away with fussy details in favour of something streamlined, polished and supremely suited to its function.  ‘We wanted it to symbolise modernity, illustrating how advanced UK design, engineering and manufacturing are,’ explains Jay Osgerby (right), who created the torch with design partner Edward Barber (barberosgerby.com)

    SECOND PLACE: OLYMPIC TORCH BY BARBER & OSGERBY – This golden beauty takes the design of Olympic torches to new heights, doing away with fussy details in favour of something streamlined, polished and supremely suited to its function. ‘We wanted it to symbolise modernity, illustrating how advanced UK design, engineering and manufacturing are,’ explains Jay Osgerby (right), who created the torch with design partner Edward Barber (barberosgerby.com)

  • THIRD PLACE: WESTERN CONCOURSE AT KING’S CROSS STATION – King’s Cross is a 19th-century monument that has experienced a staggering renovation. John McAslan + Partners’ soaring canopy of steel and glass transforms what was a dingy, overcrowded space into a cathedral of light. Director Hiro Aso is pictured (mcaslan.co.uk)

    THIRD PLACE: WESTERN CONCOURSE AT KING’S CROSS STATION – King’s Cross is a 19th-century monument that has experienced a staggering renovation. John McAslan + Partners’ soaring canopy of steel and glass transforms what was a dingy, overcrowded space into a cathedral of light. Director Hiro Aso is pictured (mcaslan.co.uk)

  • FOURTH PLACE: ‘HARVEST HARE’ WALLPAPER BY MARK HEARLD – The designer says that his wallpaper was inspired by ‘countless walks through stubble fields in September’. He adds: ‘What I strive for when designing lino blocks is an appearance of effortlessness. I find it exciting to allow the lino-cutting tool to guide each mark and create rhythm and energy’ (stjudesprints.co.uk)

    FOURTH PLACE: ‘HARVEST HARE’ WALLPAPER BY MARK HEARLD – The designer says that his wallpaper was inspired by ‘countless walks through stubble fields in September’. He adds: ‘What I strive for when designing lino blocks is an appearance of effortlessness. I find it exciting to allow the lino-cutting tool to guide each mark and create rhythm and energy’ (stjudesprints.co.uk)

  • FIFTH PLACE: ‘TETRASHED’ BY INNOVATION IMPERATIVE – Named after its ‘truncated tetrahedron’ form, this ingenious multi-purpose pod can be used singly or in groups, indoors or out. Designer David Ajasa-Adekunle, pictured far left with his team, says he set out to create something ‘space-efficient, architecturally striking and inherently strong’ (tetra-shed.co.uk)

    FIFTH PLACE: ‘TETRASHED’ BY INNOVATION IMPERATIVE – Named after its ‘truncated tetrahedron’ form, this ingenious multi-purpose pod can be used singly or in groups, indoors or out. Designer David Ajasa-Adekunle, pictured far left with his team, says he set out to create something ‘space-efficient, architecturally striking and inherently strong’ (tetra-shed.co.uk)

  • SIXTH PLACE: ‘CRYSTAL BULB’ LIGHT BY LEE BROOM – The designer worked with Cumbria Crystal to create these stunning lights. The light bulb’s ‘simple, iconic shape lent itself perfectly to the decorative qualities of cut crystal,’ he explains (leebroom.com)

    SIXTH PLACE: ‘CRYSTAL BULB’ LIGHT BY LEE BROOM – The designer worked with Cumbria Crystal to create these stunning lights. The light bulb’s ‘simple, iconic shape lent itself perfectly to the decorative qualities of cut crystal,’ he explains (leebroom.com)

The BRITISH DESIGN AWARDS 2012: the winners

For 2012, we opted for a new format, inviting readers to choose their top six designs from a list of 30 amazing products and buildings. The final list of winners reflected the best of Britain past and present, from our rich heritage of hand illustration to the hi-tech designs of the Olympic year.

See the 2014 British Design Award winners

Photography: Philip Sinden