The London 2012 Olympic Torch by East London designers BarberOsgerby has been awarded Design of the Year in a ceremony held at the Design Museum in London yesterday. The stunning torch was chosen from 89 entries to take out the overall title. The torch – an enduring symbol of the Olympic Games – meets a demanding design brief. Made from aluminum, it will be carried over 8,000 miles and is perforated with 8,000 circular holes, each representing a bearer who will run with the torch. Aside from being decorative, the holes also perform a functional purpose, acting to reduce the weight of the torch and prevent heat from the flame being conducted to the bearer’s hand. Other winners at the ceremony included the London 2012 Velodrome (Architecture), while the Fashion award went to Issey Miyake for his 132.5 collection. (via Dezeen)