London 2012 Olympic Cauldron shortlisted for design award

Monday, 14 January 2013
By Emily Goddard

london 2012 Olympic CauldronJanuary 14 - The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron has been shortlisted for the Design Museum's 2013 Designs of the Year award.

James Heatherwick's design (pictured top), made up of 204 copper petals, was lit by seven young athletes during the Olympic Opening Ceremony and formed the centrepiece of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford before being dismantled for each competing country to take a petal home.

The much-celebrated cauldron, which measured at 8.5 metres high and weighed 16 tonnes, is one of 90 nominations for the award, which last year went to design studio BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.

Among others, it faces competition from the LiquiGlide ketchup bottle, which is treated with an edible super-slippery substance to stop sauce getting stuck, and Berg's Little Printer which sits in your home and gathers information from your smart phone to create a timely miniature newspaper, on the best product of the year shortlist.

Olympic Wayfaring designThe London 2012 Olympic Wayfaring is shortlisted in the transport category

The 2012 Olympic Wayfaring, designed by Transport for London (TfL), London 2012 and JEDCO, also gets a nod in the transport category after it created an identity that was carried out through all of London 2012, appearing on everything from street banners, to the Tube, to the Torch Relay to the Olympic venues themselves.

Meanwhile, Zaha Hadid, the multi award winning Iraqi-British architect behind the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, who was recently awarded the contract to redesign Tokyo's Kasumigaoka National Stadium, which will be the main stadium if Tokyo wins its bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, also features on the shortlist.

She earns two nominations this year – one on the architecture shortlist for the Galaxy Soho building in Beijing and one for furniture with the Liquid Glacial Table, which resembles running water.

Liquid Glacial Table 140113Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial Table features on the furniture shortlist

Among the other shortlisted items are the newest addition to the London skyline, The Shard, which is nominated in the architecture category, and the affordable Raspberry Pi computer, created by scientists at the University of Cambridge, which is shortlisted for the digital award alongside Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.

The annual awards pay tribute to the best designs from around the world in seven different categories – Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport, with the nominees selected by a panel of industry experts.

A selection of the designs will go on display at the Design Museum, in Shad Thames, south London, from March 20 to July 7, 2013.

A winner for each category and one overall winner will be announced in April.

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