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London 2012 Olympic Torch Takes Home Design of the Year

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It was a big year for Olympics work at the Design Museum's Designs of the Year award, announced Tuesday in London. The London 2012 Olympic Torch, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and commissioned by the organizing committee for this year's games, scooped the Design of the Year award, as well as the award in the product category, beating out Yves Behar's Jambox, as well as Nest, The Learning Thermostat, designed by Tony Fadell.

Meanwhile, the architecture award was given to the London 2012 Velodrome, designed by Hopkins Architects. It beat out projects including the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery and cultural center, and the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, which was designed by the MASS Design Group.

The award in the digital category went to Microsoft Kinect and Kinect SDK, for work that took Kinect beyond games into potential uses in retail, in classrooms and in educations. It beat out other big hitters like the Guardian's iPad edition and the Homeplus Tesco store, out of Cheil Worldwide.



Alexander McQueen's 'Savage Beauty' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Duchess of Cambridge's incredible wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for McQueen were no match for Issey Miyake's 132.5 collection, a clothing line made entirely of out of textile recycle and uses mathematical 3D modeling principles, which won in the fashion category.

Pieces from Issey Miyake's 132.5 collection
Pieces from Issey Miyake's 132.5 collection

Royal College of Art grad Kihyun Kim won the furniture award for the 1.3 chair, made out of balsa wood and weighing in at only 1.3 kg.

Ki Hyun Kim's 1.3 chair
Ki Hyun Kim's 1.3 chair


Nokia's Pure Font, by Dalton Maag, beat out Bloomberg Businesses Week and Anomaly and Unit 9's 'One Thousand Cranes for Japan' in the graphics category.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre's redesign for the Emergency Ambulance, done in partnership with the Royal College of Art, took home the transport prize.

Nokia Pure
Nokia Pure

Check out the full list of nominees and winners shortly on the Designs of the Year site.

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