Each year the Design Museum holds The Brit Insurance Designs of the Year which is an exploration of innovative, interesting and forward-looking new work in design. Winners will be announced on 4 March 2010. These caught my eye.
Grassworks :: Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, a grass which can be harvested again and again from the same stalk. Grassworks is a furniture collection of flat-pack, self-assembly structures loyal to one single ‘green’ material: bamboo sheet laminates.
Panda Eyes :: This is 100 rotating captive pandas that detect a viewer’s presence and unanimously track human movement. Rotating towards the viewer, their confrontational stare is slightly unnerving, urging viewers to consider their impact upon the environment.
BMW GINA :: This innovative and eye-catching new concept vehicle was conceived when the BMW design team questioned the purpose of a car’s body. Replacing the traditional rigid structure with a hi-tech fabric skin stretched over a moveable wire frame enables the car to change shape and form. Headlights are hidden – revealed by blinking apertures in the fabric – and the engine is accessed by unzipping a slit in the ‘bonnet’.