The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games showed off its new prototype for the 2012 Olympics torch yesterday, and it’s straight-up blingasmic. A sparkling, perforated gold metallic tube, it’d look right at home on Kanye’s mantel -- all the more so because it is shaped, as one writer suggests, like a giant spliff.
We've covered the current trend for wobbly, mottled design at Milan. But the dominant aesthetic is still decidedly minimal: Stripped down and super clean, a perfect fit for that cavernous, $10 million downtown loft. These designs can blur together into a jumble of primary colors, but designers have tackled minimalism in distinct ways. Here's a roundup of the design strategies at hand.