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The Design Museum has announced the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year award today. They include the best designs from around the world over the last 12 months across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

The awards bring together the most original and exciting designs and prototypes in the world today, all of which can be seen at the Design Museum exhibition from 20 March – 7 July 2013.

Consisting of over 90 nominations, this year’s contest include everything from the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio (we just can’t escape it can we); Europe’s tallest building, the Shard designed by Renzo Piano; the boutique boatshaped hotel room, known as A Room for London by David Kohn Architects (Which we are dying to stay in BTW); The Louis Vuitton collection by Yayoi Kusama; as well as the Barbican installation Rain Room by Random International, which produced queues of over three hours!

There are also a number of prototypes that are being recognized this year including a non-stick ketchup bottle invented by the Varanasi Research Group at MIT. We were especially glad to know all those brilliant minds are being put to good use solving some of the worlds most important problems. I just hate it when my ketchup gets stuck!

The exhibition featuring all the nominations will open 20 March 2013 with the winners from each category and one overall winner to be announced in April. Last year the prestigious award was won by design studio BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Yeah that thing that looked like a giant gold cheese grater…