Studio Formafantasma and Dozie Kanu have been judged the winners of the Hublot Design Prize 2018, the fourth edition of the prize.
Created in 2015 to mark the tenth anniversary of the launch of the iconic Big Bang model and promote the talent of the designers of tomorrow, the prize does not aim to pay homage to the work of a famous design, or even to support a newly qualified designer, but rather to give an already accomplished designer a launch pad and visibility, a career boost so that their name can one day join those of the biggest figures in design. The Hublot Design Prize is the fruit of the friendship between Jean-Claude Biver and Pierre Keller—former director of the ECAL.
An independent jury of 6 experts from the world of contemporary design submits 5 candidates. In total 30 submissions are chosen with 7 finalists who are selected to present their creations. One finalist is selected as the winner and the jury reserves the right to award a special prize to another finalist.
“We are committed to inspiring, infusing, supporting and transmitting so that creation never ends. This is truly the aim of the Hublot Design Prize—promoting promising designers from around the whole world; rewarding innovative and the extraordinary experimental projects that illustrate innovative materials and techniques, and new technologies. And, above all, a design that conveys messages, which is part of a social and environmental approach,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot.
Dozie Kanu (born 1993) of USA is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, New York and lives in Lisbon. His signature is found in his love of opposing materials in his creations, combining opposites. His aim is to give his objects a specific energy, that which delivers a message. His work involves functional furniture with sculptural lines that infuse influences from street art.
Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) of Studio Formafantasma are Italian designers based in Amsterdam. Graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven, the duo’s signature technique is constantly experimenting with new materials and drawing inspiration from local cultures and traditions, and building a bridge between craftsmanship and industry, objects and consumers.