i was at the Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland last year and by far the best exhibits in the museum where the torches and medals from years past.
my favorite metal is the one from 2006 turino.
it struck me as an amazing example of design style. the functions are the same (mostly…apparently the weight of Sydney torch made it unbearable for some) but the design represented the time and location of the games.
both displays in the museum are sweet. The torches aren’t in a case, they are in a semi circular arrangement…about 15-20 of em.
The medals are in a case but they have the gold, silver and bronze of a ton of games, maybe 40 iirc.
I think the Torino one is pretty cool. It was designed by Pininfarina and is meant to reflect the auto design heritage of the area surrounding Torino. The Beijing torch is quite nice…
As a Vancouver resident and designer…I’m looking forward to seeing what is going to happen with the Vancouver 2010 torch. There really hasn’t been any announcements regarding the design prcess - which is odd as the games aren’t that far away and it is a pretty challening project. There are numerous challenges including the low volumes, weather proofing, and fuel storage that make it a pretty interesting project.
I find the Montreal torch funny for a number of reasons. Here is a quote from the Olympic website on the design of that torch:
The graphics and design management team of the Organising Committee for these Games opted for a functional design and a lightweight material, aluminium, thinking that each runner had to run one kilometre holding the torch.
It almost sounds like they just bought one from Canadian Tire (Canada’s Wal-mart), and painted it red. Here is a quote about the Starck Albertville torch from the same Olympic website:
A French designer with an international reputation, Philippe Starck, was responsible for the design of the torch; this was a first in the history of the Olympic Games.
I’m going to assume that they mean this was the first torch designed by a designer rather than cobbled together by a manufacturer or designed by commitee. What I find funny is that Montreal torch was designed by well-known Montreal designer (relatively unknown outside Canada), but the Montreal games were 26 years before Albertville!
Not only does this poor designer not get credit for being the first designer to do a torch, but even on the page for the torch it describes it as a product of design by committee.
I was going to ask IP is he made a proposal to the Vancouver committee to do the design of the torch, but after seeing this, I guess it’s not that good for your name!
As there has been no public call for proposals for the 2010 torch… I have been thinking that they might have offered it directly to someone.
If they wanted a “name” I suppose that Frank Ghery might be an interesting choice…
Although in my opinion he really messed up the design of the trophy for the World Hockey Chanpionships. I remember the first time it was presented the players had no idea how to hold it - the looks on their faces were hilarious.
I just hope that it’s not designed by his majesty Karim Rashid.