Cohen Van Balen's 75 Watts, a gadget designed specifically to choreograph the movements of assembly line-workers into a dance performance.

Ferréol Babin's Lunaire, a wall lamp with an effect like a solar eclipse. More information can be found about the Lunaire here.

The ABC Syringe changes color after it has been used or contaminated, which could help stop the spread of infectious diseases like HIV. Read our previous coverage of the ABC Syringe here.

Serralunga's Alba Vase uses simple gradients to give a light airiness to the design of this hand-finished series.

The Bloom Helmet is a collapsible helmet for bikers.

Hyngsoo Kim's Bradley Timepiece, a watch that lets you tell time by feel.

The Chair 4 Life from Renfrew Group, a wheelchair that is designed to be easily adaptable to the needs of a child as they grow from the ages of four to 18 years old.

Clever Caps, a cap for water bottles that is compatible with Legos and can be used as building blocks.

Bas Van Abel's Fairphone imagines a conflict-free smartphone, shunning materials like tin that can originate from war-torn nations known for their human rights abuses.

Magnus Ericon's Risk Centre, which allowed Stockholmians the ability to explore the complex subject of risk in suburban life.

The Form 1 is a high-resolution desktop 3-D printer. It uses reversed stereolithography technology to create highly detailed models using a light-sensitive liquid resin and a focused laser beam.

The GoPro Hero 3 Black makes producing professional quality video easy and affordable, allowing amateur film makers to achieve unprecedented results.

The Alchemist's Dressing Table by Heka-Lab, a collection of analog tools for the production of natural cosmetics at home.

The Luffa Lab by Mauricio Affonso uses the fibrous tropical plant for many things besides scrubbing yourself, like casts.

Tony Fadell's Nest Protect, a smoke detector that makes magic out of the mundane by eliminating the false alarms from your fire drills. Read our thoughts on the Nest Protect here.

The PET Bottle Lamps turned environmentally harmful bottles into a warp on which to weave colorful designs.

Phonebloks, an utterly ridiculous concept for a smartphone made with Lego design principles that could literally never in a million years work. Read our debunking of the Phonebloks concept here.

Brooklyn-based Dan McMahon and Patrick Laing's Plume, a bicycle mudguard that recoils like a slap bracelet.

The Silk Pavilion, MIT's biological swarm approach to 3-D printing that uses 6,500 live silkworms to make buildings.

London designer Michael Anastassiades String Lights, which resemble telegraph wires or street lighting using thin black cords that draw geometric shapes and patterns in the air.

British designer Roland Lamb's Sea Board, an electronic keyboard with a skin-like surface instead of keys.

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21 Products That Are Up For Design Of The Year

The London Design Museum has nominated these 21 products for its annual design awards and curators want your help picking the winner.

The Design Museum London has released a list of 76 nominations for their 2014 Design of the Year awards, showcasing the best in architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product, and transport design. It's an impressive overview of some of the most exciting and thought-provoking designs of the last year, not just from international design stars like Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, and Miuccia Prada, but also from students, startups, and even wishful thinkers.

Perusing the list of nominees in the "Product" category, it seems as if the curators of the museum could have gone to Co.Design for some inspiration. We've written stories about the majority of designs up for consideration, whether that's a watch that lets you tell time by feel, MIT's swarm of 3-D printing silkworms, an innovative bike mudguard that works like a slap bracelet, a world-changing syringe design, or even a totally laughable concept for Lego-style smartphones that we thoroughly debunked five months ago. (Needless to say, we're hoping that one doesn't win.)

Each of the nominated designs will be showcased at the Design Museum as part of an exhibition from March 26 to August 25, 2014. A panel of experts will choose a top contender from each category, with winners being announced later this year alongside the overall Design of the Year. Visitors of the Design Museum will also be allowed to vote, as well as those who follow the Design Museum's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Check out the full lost of nominees here. What do you think is the most important design of the last 12 months? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • I would like to see more entries of actual products rather than simple concepts. Not to make light of a Lego phone (it is an interesting take on a real problem), but as many developers of tangible products know, the devil is in the details.

  • Nicky Lim

    I feel like something important to note is that the bloom helmet is made to be a hard-hat rather than actual bike helmet. Without the EPS foam (or something similar) it's unlikely that it can properly protect the head in an accident since there isn't enough to absorb the real impact of that kind of high speed head injury.

    I'm certainly no expert in this, but I'd think it could be dangerous for someone to buy one thinking it's the same as a real bike helmet since it wasn't designed to be so.