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Alternative Olympic Souvenirs Offer A Less Kitschy Approach [Pics]

Students at ECAL have designed a set of products for the gift shop of the Olympic Museum in Switzerland.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on January 17, 2014.

To mark the reopening of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, industrial design students at ECAL developed a number of souvenirs for the gift shop. The designers strove to distance their products from typical kitschy souvenirs, creating covetable gifts like Cyrille Verdon’s matchsticks resembling various Olympic torches.

Olympic Souvenirs That Don’t Reek Of Kitsch [Pics]

Clara Dalbéra created a sparkler in the shape of the five Olympic rings, Paul Tubiana produced a pop-up book featuring athletes in motion, and Renaud Donadey designed silver-plated brass sculptures.

Two of the final designs are going to be manufactured and sold in the gift shop; Emil Hjorth-Rohde’s pop-up postcards featuring Olympians taking part in different events, and Camille Ringenbach’s moo box toy which makes the sounds of an applauding crowd. Click through to see a selection of the inventive creations:

The Olympic Museum

Sources: Gizmodo, Disegno Daily

Images: Disegno Daily

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