The London 2012 Olympic Torch was carried across the UK for 70 days leading up to the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics on 27 July. 8,000 torches were produced, one for each Torch Relay participant.
The Torch’s trilateral form was developed in recognition of a pattern of trinities in the history of the Olympic Games: this is the third time that the Games have been held in London (1908, 1948, 2012) and the Olympic motto is ‘faster, higher, stronger.’ The shape of the Torch enables easy grip, as does its tactile surface, perforated with 8,000 circles using cutting-edge laser technology. These circles symbolise the 8,000 individuals who will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay and also create a unique level of transparency in the Torch, where one can see right to the heart of the Flame.
Jon Marshall joined Barber Osgerby in 2003 and led the team delivering the 2012 Olympic Torch. He also developed iconic pieces such as the De La Warr Pavilion Chair, Tab Lamp and Iris Tables. Jon is currently design director of MAP a strategy-based industrial design studio that works alongside Barber Osgerby.