Paris’ 2024 Olympic Medals Are Designed To Be Shared

Paris’ 2024 Olympic Medals Are Designed To Be Shared
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The concept from designer Philippe Starck includes a share-able medal for the city's bid to host the event

Jennifer Passas
  • 28 july 2017

Designer Philippe Starck, best known for creating the iconic Louis Ghost chair, has designed the Paris 2024 Olympic medal. Starck who designed the torch for 1992 Winter games in Albertsville created a shareable medal concept as part of France’s bid to host the 2024 Games.

At first glance, the medal looks like most other Olympic medals but closer inspection reveals that the medal can be split into four sections. Starck wanted to communicate the idea that no one on a podium got there on their own and therefore no one is really winning alone. If the winner of the medal would like to share the medal, they can, with sections of it going to their greatest supports along their journey.

In addition to sharing the medal with family, friends and coaches, the medal could be shared with fellow teammates or potentially the competition which would be an incredible way to show team spirit. For Starck, the medal turns the concept of winning away from being  individually-centered to being something more collective and inclusive, which is essentially what the Olympics are all about.

If the Paris Olympic bill is successful, Stark’s design would be used in the 2024 Games after the Toyko Games in 2020. The Rio 2016 Olympic games had medals that were partly made from recycled materials with ribbons that were made from recycled bottles. Similarly, the Olympic organizers for the Tokyo games are considering using e-waste from millions of discarded smartphones and computers to create the medals.

Philippe Starck

Designer Philippe Starck, best known for creating the iconic Louis Ghost chair, has designed the Paris 2024 Olympic medal. Starck who designed the torch for 1992 Winter games in Albertsville created a shareable medal concept as part of France’s bid to host the 2024 Games.

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