Teeter-Totter Wall is a pink see-saw wedged into the wall separating the United States and Mexico, is the winner of Beazley Designs of the Year 2020, an award assigned on an annual basis by the Design Museum of London. The see-saw allows children from the two countries to play together in spite of the steel barrier, in a temporary installation created by Ronald Rael, professor of architecture at the University of Berkeley, California, and by Virginia San Fratello, professor of design at San José State University, with Colectivo Chopeke. “I think it has become increasingly clear, with the recent events in our country, that we do not need to build walls, but instead to build bridges,” says Virginia San Fratello.
The Design Museum of London, besides naming the absolute winner, also the winner of the Transports category, has announced the winners for the other five sections: for Graphic Design, the winner is a 3D rendering representing Covid-19 (SARSCoV-2) seen through a microscope, designed by Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins, commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA. For the Product category, the winner is Impossible Burger 2.0: A Better Meat for the Planet by the company Impossible Foods, a veggie burger that is certified as kosher, halal and gluten-free, enriched with iron and protein to match a portion of ground beef. The new item is already being served in thousands of restaurants.
For the Architecture section: ModSkool by Delhi Social Design Collaborative is a school designed to be easily assembled or knocked down, in response to the moves imposed on rural communities on the flood plains of the Yamuna River in India. The winner of the Digital section is “A Rapist in Your Way” (Un violador en tu camino), a protest performance about sexual violence against women and LGBTQ communities, created by the Chilean feminist art group Colectivo Lastesis.
For Fashion, the Telfar bag in vegan leather is gender neutral, affordable and spacious, in keeping with the brand’s ethic, for which luxury should be practically and economically inclusive. Finally, the museum audience voted for Brick Arches, created by protestors in Hong Kong, made with ordinary brick, easy to build but hard to destroy, for use as a street barricade to slow down police vehicles.