Designs of the Year 2012

Last night at London’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ Awards, British studio Barber Osgerby were awarded the top prize for their Olympic Torch 2012 design.

I went to see the shortlisted designs last week, and the Olympic Torch is seriously impressive when you see it up close and personal. The aluminium torch is perforated with 8,000 circular holes each representing a person who will run with it in the Olympic Torch relay this summer. It will be carried over 8,000 miles. As well as looking cool, the holes reduce the weight of the torch and prevent heat from the flame being conducted to the bearer’s hand. Clever stuff!

The winner of the Furniture Award is this 1.3 chair by Kihyun Kim Design. Not overly exciting to look at as far as I’m concerned – but it is made from compressed Balsa Wood – a fast growing and sustainable source of wood.

The other product which caught my eye at the exhibition is this Harbour chair by VG&P, there’s some other great products on their website, Very Good and Proper.

All the winners and shortlisted designs are on show at the Design Museum, London until July 4 2012.

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