Every year the Design Museum in London has a juried competition to pick the best of the year's design. It's always a highlight of the design year: seeing the imaginative and useful things that people have created.
There are 100 pieces on view in seven different categories; here are the winners in each one. Next week the over-all winner is announced: make a guess about who you think will win the gold.
News Update: The winner is in the Digital category (this must be a first): the Government Website! Kudos to any website that makes navigating bureaucracies easier.
In the Architecture category, the Tour Bois-le-Pretre, designed by Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal is the nominee. It's a 1960's apartment building in a poor area of Paris that has been renovated.
Overlooked were A Room For London (boo, hiss) and the huge tower, the Shard (hurray).