Barber Osgerby have won the UK creative industry's gold medal - the Design Museum's Design of the Year award - for their Olympic Torch, also picking up the Product Award. Other category winners include...
Architecture winner: London 2012 Velodrome, London, UK by Hopkins Architects
Digital winner: Microsoft Kinect and Kinect SDK, UK and USA by Microsoft Games Studios, Microsoft Research Xbox
Fashion winner: Issey Miyake 132.5 collection, Tokyo, Japan by Miyake Design Studio
Furniture winner: 1.3 balsa wood chair, London, UK by Kihyun Kim
Photography: Nicola Tree
Graphics winner: Nokia Pure Font, London, UK by Dalton Maag
Transport winner: Re-design for Emergency Ambulance, London, UK by Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Vehicle Design Department, Royal College of Art
Architecture nominee: Folly for a Flyover, London, UK (Assemble supported by The Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award)
Photography: Lewis Jones
Architecture nominee: Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid
Photography: Iwan Baan
Architecture nominee: Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK by David Chipperfield
Photography: Iwan Baan
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Design duo Barber Osgerby have beaten everyone to the finishing line, scooping the Design of the Year 2012 at last night’s Design Museum awards ceremony for their Olympic Torch, fighting off competition from the likes of architecture firm Foster + Partners, and fashion designer Mary Katrantzou.
Britain's current Olympic mania may have given the pair a push in the right direction but their flame-burner – which also picked up the Product Award – rightly wins praise for its supremely functional, lightweight form, striking aesthetic and the advanced technology used to create it. The torch is crafted from an aluminium alloy, developed for the aerospace and automotive industries and features 8,000 holes (representing the number of people who will carry it), created using a new laser-cutting technology called Fire on the Fly.
In five short years, the annual awards have become a prestigious celebration showcasing the cream of the creative crop. They span seven diverse categories (with nominees and winners currently on display at the Design Museum until 4 July) ranging from transport to graphics and digital. Category winners this year included Hopkins Architects for their London 2012 Velodrome, which secured the Architecture Award, and RCA Graduate, Kihyun Kim, who won the Furniture Award for his balsa wood chair.
The esteemed panel of judges included our very own editor-at-large, Henrietta Thompson, culture pundits Evgeny Lebedev and Sir George Iacobescu, as well as Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.
Many of the winners and nominees have graced Wallpaper* print and web pages this year, including the Olympic Torch and David Chipperfield's Hepworth Wakefield (winner of our 'best new public building' Design Award), which shows that great minds think alike when it comes to spotlighting the best design.
The exhibition for the Designs of the Year at the Design Museum runs until 4 July
Read our Q&A with Barber Osgerby about designing the Olympic torch
See the winners of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2012
See who triumphed in last year's Brit Insurance Design Awards
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