Brockley designer wins UK's top design prize for Olympic torch

Brockley designer Jay Osgerby has won UK design's most prestigious prize - Design of the Year - for his work to create the London 2012 Olympic Torch.


Osgerby and partner Edward Barber's design was unveiled by Olympic organisers LOCOG last year and the team were presented with the award by the Design Museum earlier this week. The Design Awards said:

On 24 April at the awards ceremony, British studio Barber Osgerby were awarded the overall Design of the Year for their stunning design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. The aluminium made torch will be carried over 8,000 miles and is perforated with 8,000 circular holes, each representing a bearer who will run with it in the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay in July.

The Olympic torch begins its tour of the country on May 19th and will pass through the borough on July 23rd.

17 comments:

J.R. Shakerley said...

Many congratulations Jay!
K. & J.

Anonymous said...

I like the grille effect but not sure about the shape.

Wendy said...

I've always thought it was beautiful, but didn't know it was Brockley-born! Congratulations Jay. Go team Brockley!

Osh said...

Great news - well done to Jay and Edward

Not the broc soc said...

Too tall and not made of bricks.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the golden spliff! Quite right for Brockley in this day and age. Honest fare :-)

Robert said...

Congratulations Jay. Well deserved!
I saw you on the front of the Evening Standard this week too. Get you!

Brockley Ben said...

Excellent news. Well done Jay.

I saw in Matro the other day that they were making 11,000 of these torches. Isn't that about 10,999 too many for than you need for a relay?

pip said...

@Ben Don't they pass the flame rather than the torch from one person to another? Otherwise they'd run out of fuel.

Many congratulations to Jay - I love the design and it's great to find out it's got a Brockley connection.

Brockley Ben said...

@pip Makes sense, yes. Although 11,000 seems excessive. One assumes they can be refulled...? Still, I guess that means a lot of souvenirs for charity auctions and far-distant episodes of Antiques Roadshow. (Plus a nice job for a UK manufacturer of course.)

Anonymous said...

Every carrier who wants to keep one will need to pay £200 Visa Pounds (tm) for it as well

Kate said...

There are 8,000 torches - one for each torch bearer.

Crofton Park Ranger said...

Congrats to the designers (and the manufacturers by the sounds of it)!

Anonymous said...

Now if only I could buy a couple of sconces like that my interior design would achieve an elusive post-modern gothic look.

Luc said...

Even more prestigious is the D&AD Yellow Pencil BarberOsgerby they won the week before for the TipTon chair. No mention here of that?

Brockley Nick said...

Didn't know about it.

Luc said...

Here you go:

http://www.dandad.org/awards/professional/2012/categories/prod/product-design

It was also nominated for the Design of the Year at the Design Museum in the furniture category.

I must say, it on of the best chairs I've ever sat in. And I've sat down nearly every day.

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