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London's Design Museum announced the winners of its Designs of the Year awards this week, bestowing craggy crystal trophies in fields ranging from architecture and fashion to furniture and graphics. The overall Design of the Year was presented, in a flurry of patriotism, to British studio Barber Osgerby for their design of the London 2012 Olympic torch. Made of aluminum, the torch is perforated with 8,000 holes, each representing a bearer who will run with it in July's 8,000-mile torch relay. "Nothing is harder to get right than designing for the Olympics," said Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic. "The lightness and simplicity of Barber Osgerby’s London 2012 Olympic Torch does just that. The torch not only captures the spirit of London as Olympic host city but also demonstrates how design can celebrate traditional ideas in a modern way."