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Awards: Nike trainers, a chainless bike and the Olympic Cauldron nominated for Designs of the Year

January 17, 2013
Awards: Nike trainers, a chainless bike and the Olympic Cauldron nominated for Designs of the Year

The Design Museum has announced the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year and the sporting world  is well represented with Nike trainers, a chainless bike and the Olympic Cauldron (pictured below) among key sporting nominations.

Awards: Nike trainers, a chainless bike and the Olympic Cauldron nominated for Designs of the YearSelected by a panel of distinguished nominators,‭ ‬the awards compile the most original and exciting designs,‭ ‬prototypes and designers in the world today‭ – ‬brought together in a Design Museum exhibition from‭ ‬March 20‭ – ‬July 7‭ ‬2013.

The winners from each category (Architecture,‭ ‬Digital,‭ ‬Fashion, Furniture,‭ ‬Graphics,‭ ‬Product and Transport) and the one overall winner will be announced in April, with last year’s prestigious award won by design studio BarberOsgerby for the London‭ ‬2012‭ ‬Olympic Torch.

Details on key sporting nominations:

FLYKNIT TRAINERS‭ ‬-‭ ‬Designed by Nike
Exceptionally lightweight,‭ ‬the Nike Flyknit Trainer features Nike’s Flyknit technology for structure,‭ ‬support and a precision fit that creates the feeling of a second skin.‭ ‬The one-piece knitted form features areas of stretch, breathability and support exactly where the runner needs it.

MANDO FOOTLOOSE CHAINLESS BICYCLE‭ ‬-‭ ‬Designed by Mark Sanders
Like other bicycles the Footloose combines manual and electric power. However,‭ ‬unlike other similar machines,‭ ‬it totally eliminates the chain and transforms the cyclist’s efforts directly into electricity to drive the wheels. This energy is then stored in a lithium-ion battery inside the bike frame, before it is converted back into kinetic energy by an electric motor which drives the rear wheel.

DONKY BICYCLE‭ ‬-‭ ‬Designed by Ben Wilson
The steel beam running through this compact bicycle by British industrial designer Ben Wilson means it can carry heavy loads on its front and rear platforms.

OLYMPIC CAULDRON‭ ‬-‭ ‬Designed by Heatherwick Studio
At just‭ ‬8.5m high and weighing‭ ‬16‭ ‬tonnes,‭ ‬it is far smaller and lighter than previous Olympic Cauldrons.‭ ‬Heatherwick Studio incorporated‭ ‬204 individual copper‭ ‘‬petals‭’‬,‭ ‬each carried at the opening ceremony by each participating country to create an iconic image not only for the Olympics but also for London.

For more information visit‭ ‬designmuseum.org.

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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