Olympic torch wins top design award

The London 2012 Olympic torch beat the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown to win the Design of the Year award 2012.

The torch is ‘a triumph of symbolism and beauty,’ Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic said, adding that it ‘demonstrates how design can celebrate traditional qualities in a modern manner’.

The Olympic torch is fabricated of aluminium and finished with gold. Its surface is punctured with 8,000 holes, one for each of the torchbearers who will carry the emblem of the Olympics in the 70 days preceding the games.


‘It’s a beautiful design and reflects the celebratory nature of the Olympics,’ Curator Ria Hawthorn said.

In addition to the main award, jurors awarded trophies for excellence in fashion, architecture, digital, furniture, graphic and transport design.

Top honours in the fashion category went to Issey Miyake for his origami-inspired 132.5 collection. Other nominees included Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown for the Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Katrantzou’s Ming vase-inspired AW11 line.

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