Art & Design: Olympic Torch wins Design of the Year award

London-based design studio Barber Osgerby have scooped the Design of the Year award this year for their Olympic Torch.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby beat off a myriad off creative hopefuls for the prestigious prize, including NEWGEN designer Mary Katrantzou, Olympic Velodrome designers Hopkins Architects, Issey Miyake for his 132.5 collection and Zaha Hadid for her Guangzhou Opera House.  Barber Osgerby’s lightweight and functional design is cast from aluminum alloy, and includes a total of 8,000 laser holes to represent the number of people that will hold the torch during the Olympic ceremonies later this summer.

With our London offices a stone’s throw from the Olympic action, keep watching the site for all the official and unofficial cultural happenings before and during the games.  You can also find out more on the local artists and residents, creatively responding to the impending arrival of this major sporting event in our 2012 Olympics: Creative Regeneration report.  Scroll down for more design nominations courtesy of Wallpaper*. – Samantha Fox

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