Category: Sports

Passing the Torch

London based designers Jay Barber and Edward Osgerby of Barber Osgerby have designed the London 2012 Olympic torch. It’s quite an honor for the relatively young duo, but very much in keeping with the Olympic tradition of passing the torch to the next generation.

Their work has a streamlined, aerodynamic quality that is fresh, yet references the past. Designed for the 2005 redevelopment of the streamline moderne style De La Warr Pavilion, their metal chair has echoes of early 20th century institutional seating. Holes in the seat back help reduce wind drag for the outdoor chairs, a functionally decorative detail that also came in handy for the torch. Their use of bent plywood, as in their Flight Stool, is reminiscent of the work of Gerald Summers and Alvar Aalto (who designed the original furniture for the De La Warr Pavilion when it opened in 1935). Sometimes what’s old is new again.

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Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea . . .

In a sly reference to the London 2012 Olympics and the precarious quest for gold, sculptor Richard Wilson has recreated the climactic scene from the classic 1969 caper film The Italian Job, atop the De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill on Sea.

Starring British greats Michael Caine, Noel Coward and . . . Benny Hill, a gang of crooks pull off a heist and elude the polizia through the streets and back alleys of Turin in Minis. It climaxes with them inside their bus full of gold bullion dangling over a gorge in the Italian Alps and Michael Caine’s character uttering “Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea . . .”

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The Reign of Spain

Zain and Aden, Custom JLD Media Cabinet

Our friends Zain and Aden (aka The Fabregas Twins) watching Spain win the EURO 2012 soccer final against Italy, being shown atop their custom designed JLD media cabinet. No prizes for guessing which team they were supporting.

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Sucker for Soccer

 

With the EURO 2012 Soccer Tournament underway in Poland and Ukraine this summer, I’m digging these posters of soccer legends by Bosnian artist Zoran Lucic.

For his series Sucker for Soccer, he uses archival photos and low-tech graphics to create a timeless, handmade feel. Nicknames, quotes and anecdotes are incorporated to help illustrate the unique qualities of the player. Socrates “The Doctor”, Gerd Muller “der Bomber”, Dennis Bergkamp “The Non-Flying Dutchman” (he was scared of flying and would sometimes travel thousands of miles by bus to away matches).

Perhaps my favorite is George Best, the Belfast born winger who played for Manchester United in the 60’s and early 70’s (and later the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Aztecs). With his cheekily mesmerizing skills, some regard him as the most gifted to ever play the game, “Pele Good, Maradona Better, George Best”. He was also the first pop star footballer, famous for his heartthrob looks, playboy lifestyle, and boozing. “In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life”. Priceless.

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