The first gold medal of the London Games goes to... the Olympic Torch
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
As anticipation for the London Games heats up, the first serious prize has gone to the Olympic Torch itself, as its British designers last night picked up the coveted "Oscar of the design world".
Designers Barber Osgerby beat 88 rival entries to take the overall award for Design of the Year 2012 at London's Design Museum.
The aluminium torch has 8,000 holes representing the number of torchbearers who will each carry it one mile. It will be lit at Mount Olympus on 11 May and reach the UK a week later. Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, said: "The torch not only captures the spirit of London as Olympic host city but also demonstrates how design can celebrate traditional ideas in a modern way."
When the torch was unveiled Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said it showed "the very best of contemporary British design, engineering and manufacturing techniques".
Another Olympic-inspired winner was the London 2012 Velodrome, earning Hopkins Architects the architecture prize. Other winners included the Microsoft Kinect in the digital category and Issey Miyake for fashion.
filmNymphomaniac is more Carl Dreyer than sexploitation of Russ Meyer
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
arts + entsThe 'Friends' actor on his new role as campaigner on addiction issues
Geoffrey Macnab: The Wolf of Wall Street's account of white-collar excess is A Rake’s Progress on steroids
scienceThe new development in bio-printing technology could be used in the future to restore lost vision - though years of research still await
architectureThe design collective which has stuck two fingers up at the modernists will call it quits at Venice
... But if you’re one of those poor souls offended by Jennifer Lopez’s choice of leotard, Grace Dent want you to get a bloody grip
Arsenal - January transfer targets
Andre Villas-Boas sacked: AVB seals his fate at Spurs by rejecting Emmanuel Adebayor
Transfer news: Manchester United - January transfer targets
Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be on his way Manchester United
Transfer news: Arsenal - January transfer targets
- 1 Facebook 'self-censorship': study records when you don't post to find more ways to share
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 British prisoner Dr Abbas Khan found dead in Syrian jail days before he was due to be handed over to MP George Galloway
- 4 Vitamin pills are a waste of money, offer no health benefits and could be harmful - study
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile