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The age of the design prize is upon us. Is it the legacy of makeover TV or of William Morris?

For years, design awards have been quiet affairs, conducted by insiders in sleek pullovers (the “elite Designers Against Ikea” of the Ikea ad). But recently two awards have blown the business open, inviting the public to interpret and vote for that slippery notion: “good design.” In March, the second year of Blueprint magazine’s “Blueprint sessions” began—a series of four open debates between design luminaries and other public figures to decide the architect, product designer, interior designer and furniture designer of the year. Held in the awesome interior of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Christ Church, Spitalfields, the winners in each category are to…

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