Trophies are getting more imaginative in design, as awards programmes increasingly ask leading architects and designers to create them. Here are seven that duly commend success, including a Brit Award by Zaha Hadid and the Atelier NL-designed Dezeen Awards.
The Brit Awards became one of the first awards ceremonies to employ a high-profile designer to create its trophy, when it commissioned the late Zaha Hadid in late 2016.
Hadid created curved, white Britannia figures to be handed out the winning musicians. There were five different versions of the form, intended to “represent diversity” by being “different yet connected”.
After Hadid, London-based artist Anish Kapoor was next up to design the Brits. His design comprised a transparent red perspex block with the Britannia figure – the female personification of Britain – forming its hollow centre.
The trophy was intended to challenge perspectives, through its reversal of positive and negative form.
David Adjaye was this week announced as the third designer commissioned by Jason Iley – Brits chairman and CEO of Sony Music – for the Brit Awards.
The architect swapped the traditional hourglass figure of Britannia for a form with more “unique” proportions. Cast in solid glass, each trophy is finished with a translucent, frosty effect.
These sustainable trophies are made using London clay – the material used to make the traditional yellow bricks that are a defining characteristic of buildings across the UK capital. The design of based on the shape of a brick, but takes the shape of a letter “d” for Dezeen.
Like the Brit Awards, the UK’s Fashion Awards also starting working with high-profile designers at the end of 2016.
Industrial designer Marc Newson was commissioned by the British Fashion Council and Swarovski to create trophies for each of the 15 category winners. Crafted from Swarovski crystal, each hexagonal trophy was based on crystal clusters and rock structures.
British architect John Pawson was the name behind the Fashion Awards trophy in 2017.
His design was for a series of cylindrical blocks of Swarovski crystal, with primary coloured “threads” running through the middle. The aim was to reduce the design to “its simplest possible form”, while adding a flash of colour to add a distinctive edge.
Not only is David Adjaye creating the Brit Awards for 2019, he also designed the trophy for this year’s Fashion Awards.
Like his predecessors, the architect’s design is for a Swarovski crystal trophy, comprising a six-sided column with triangular facets that taper upward to form “beautiful and unexpected refractions”.
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Author: Natashah Hitti