First look at the redesigned Create Awards trophy

Published:  October 9, 2014

Earlier this year, desktop commissioned Sydney-based product designer Henry Wilson to redesign its Create Design Awards trophy, celebrating its 10th year of recognising excellent Australian design.

We spoke to Henry back in April, who told us that he was not just going to design something to gather dust. ““Trophies are a bit outdated in our current context,” he explained. “I think that the era of the mass produced trophy has created a hollow symbol for achievement.”

“For Create, I wanted to design a trophy that I would want to receive,” he told us. “I think I speak for many who have received trophies that clutter bookshelves only to eventually be moved into garages and attics. For me they have become a burden, a symbol of achievement that now seems distant and unrelated, yet difficult to commit to the rubbish.”

In order to challenge this sentiment of meaninglessness, Henry instead designed a trophy that would fulfil a function as it sat upon a mantle or bookshelf. Cast in weighty bronze, the trophies are also beautiful bookends.

In true Henry Wilson style, their forms are honest to the material, reduced to the bare minimum, and every inch of it crafted with consideration. The finished product is a trophy with a weight that speaks quality, an award that works for you while it sits motionless, and a gorgeous, physical gesture of contemporary Australian design.

The Create Awards Night is approaching fast! Grab your ticket to celebrate this year’s best design, and party with the best in the business.

2 Responses

  1. Peter

    Is it too late for me to get one?

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