Hublot Design Prize
This year is the tenth anniversary of the iconic Big Bang timepiece and Hublot have been running a design competition to mark the event. After launching the Hublot Design Prize in Paris in April, the panel of world-renowned judges have narrowed down their search and we now have our five finalists!
The aim of the competition is to award the Hublot Design Prize to one young, independent designer. The prize consists of a grant and a mentorship from Hublot’s parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The team will work with the winner for a year to develop the winner’s company.
The judging panel is headed by Pierre Keller, the former director of the Lausanne University of Art and Design and chairman of the board at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Geneva. Joining him is Fiat Marketing Manager Lapo Elkann, author Professor Dr. Peter Zec, and designers Ronan Bouroullec and Marva Griffin Wilshire.
Like the Big Bang itself, the artists will need to have boldness and creativity to set them apart. The five finalists in competition are:
- A fellow Brit Bethan Laura Wood, whose work aims to rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the “mundane”, combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city.
- BIG-GAME from Switzerland, a studio who describes their work as simple, functional and optimistic.
- Brynjar from Iceland & Switzerland, whose work ‘is very linked to storytelling and narratives, which are deeply rooted in Icelandic culture.’ He uses various media such as drawings, photography, video, sound and furniture in order to convey his work in a fruitful and a specific way.
- Norwegian Daniel Rybakken, whose work occupies the area between art and design, forming limited editions, art installations and prototypes for serial production. His main focus has been to work with daylight and how to artificially recreate its subconscious effect.
- And finally, Federico Santa Maria, an Italian yacht designer!
After the presentation of their work by the five finalists, the jury selected the winner, and will hand over the prize during the Tokyo Design Week in October. Naturally we’re hoping for a British winner – good luck, Bethan!