Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Olympic torch designers team up with Louis Vuitton

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the duo who designed the London 2012 Olympic torch, have collaborated with Louis Vuitton to create a unique, eco-friendly bell lamp suitable for the most fashionable of travellers.

 Award-winning industrial designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, better known as BarberOsgerby, are one of 11 design studios to have fashioned one-off pieces for the storied French fashion house's Objets Nomades collection. The collection consists of 16 contemporary interiors objects that could also be taken travelling by their stylish owner.
The Olympic torch creators chose to reimagine a classic bell lamp, forming it of Venetian Murano glass and giving it the ability to recharge by sunlight. Their method, they say, was "reductive, hence the simplicity of form."
"We began with the idea, then the function," Edward Barber said. "First came an exploration of the technological possibilities to ensure that the lamp was both portable and sustainable. Ease of carriage and the way the lamp's solar and lighting technology work informed the shape."

Their perforated aluminium alloy skin Olympic torch has become one of the most iconic items of 2012 as it was pictured in the hands of 8,000 different torch bearers as it made its way around the UK, before finally arriving at the Olympic Stadium on the night of the Opening Ceremony.

All 16 pieces - which first went on display at Design Miami - can now be viewed at Louis Vuitton's New Bond Street store in London.


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