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They are the academy awards of the design industry: the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2009. Covering seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport, they are a great opportunity to see what the design world has been up to and where it is going.
The Products category had lots of interesting candidates. These jar tops are a simple but ingenious way of transforming ordinary empty jars into functional products. The 5 different lids turn jars into a milk jug, sauce jug, sugar shaker, or chocolate shaker.
Clean is a series of artisan-made brushes and dust pans: the opposite of mass-produced plastic items. The graceful handles are made from raw chestnut wood and steam bent; each one is unique and idiosyncratic.
The Magno Wooden Radio is a product that filled a need and revitalised a community: made of sustainable wood and built by local labour in Indonesia.
The Green Felt Protest Suit was created out of felt and meant to be worn in areas where legal protesting is not permitted. Designed as a response to political censorship, it can now be seen as a political, environmental or fashion protest statement.
Under Transport is the Aquaduct, a water filtration system cum bicycle for people in the developing world who have to travel distances to get clean water. Design Museum
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