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Herbert Hofmann Prize & Talente Prize Winners 2012

Exhibition  /  14 Mar 2012  -  20 Mar 2012
Published: 30.03.2012
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Tore Svensson. Brooch: Untitled, 2011. Steel, paint. Photo: © Franz Karl. Tore Svensson
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Intro
At the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich the Herbert Hofmann Prize at the SCHMUCK 2012 & TALENTE prizewinners 2012 were confirmed. The award for jewellery designers was presented to the winners in front of a large audience at the "Handwerk & Design" exhibition, a part of the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich. The TALENTE prizewinners 2012 were confirmed, the prize was awarded to eight outstanding entries by young designers from across the globe.
Herbert Hofmann Prize 2012: Memories and sensory-acoustic experiences
Despo Sophocleous from Canada, Tore Svensson from Sweden and Alexander Blank from Munich are the winners of the Herbert Hofmann Prize in 2012. This coveted award for jewellery designers was presented to the winners in front of a large audience on Saturday 17 March at the "Handwerk & Design" exhibition, a part of the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich.

TALENTE 2012: Awards for the best of the new generation of designers
They come from France, Russia, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Their works have set new standards and will be the forerunners of new trends. The TALENTE prize was awarded to eight outstanding entries by young designers from across the globe at the Internationale Handwerksmesse, an international exhibition of craft trades in Munich. 

Märta Mattsson, Sweden, Jewellery 
Märta Mattsson‘s brooches from the series „Fossils“ are characterized by the different uses of a wide range of materials, which are combined in an interesting and harmonious way. The different methods as well as the represented subjects hint at the history of jewellery and evoke works of the Art Nouveau. The „Fossils“ are to be understood as a translation from nature into something new and origianl. They present a position in contemporary jewellery that combines artistic object and wearability.

Presenting the winners of the Herbert Hofmann Prize 2012
Memories and sensory-acoustic experiences 

Despo Sophocleous from Canada, Tore Svensson from Sweden and Alexander Blank from Munich are the winners of the Herbert Hofmann Prize in 2012. This coveted award for jewellery designers was presented to the winners in front of a large audience on Saturday 17 March at the "Handwerk & Design" exhibition, a part of the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich. 

"Memento juniori (Bugs)" – remember your youth – that is the title of the piece of jewellery designed by Alexander Blank. And indeed, this pendant, made from rigid foam, silver and string, does look rather like one of those hare-like comic heroes from the past – yet Blank´s figure is reduced down to the bone. The jury described Blank´s piece as a convincing integration of comic culture with contemporary jewellery: "Yesterday´s icon is turned into a humorous talisman for the present." 

Wearing Despo Sophocleous´ neck jewellery promises to be a sensual and acoustic experience. Out of simple individual white wooden tablets, this Canadian designer has created a playful composition in which the individual components are moveable. The work, entitled "Change in direction 9", is a bit like a photograph, capturing a moment when the construction is on the point of collapse – said the jury. 

The portrait medallions and amulets of Tore Svensson evoke the jewellery of past times. "His etched portraits on black steel reveal themselves, yet also are concealed through subtle optical effects," said the jury. With amazingly technical precision, he captures the coming and going of memory for one short moment.

For over 50 years SCHMUCK has been one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary jewellery, and this year it presents the works of 65 international goldsmiths and jewellery designers from 27 countries. Alongside pieces by familiar names, there are also contributions from young and even some unknown goldsmiths and jewellery designers to see. The exhibits are on show until Tuesday 20 March at "Handwerk & Design" exhibition at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich. 

After that SCHMUCK goes on tour – this year it is headed for Valencia. In past years this special exhibition at the Internationale Handwerksmesse has been hosted in a range of countries, among them Australia (RMIT Gallery, Melbourne), Great Britain (Birmingham City University), Poland (Municipal Art Gallery, Lódz), Italy (Oratorio di San Rocco, Padua), the US (Museum of Arts and Design, New York) and the French town of Cagnes-sur-Mer (Espace Solidor). 


2012 TALENTE prizewinners confirmed
Awards for the best of the new generation of designers
 

One of the prizewinners is Lukas Wegwerth from Berlin. His project ‘Kristallvasen’ (crystal vases), developed in collaboration with Berlin porcelain manufacturer Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur and the Neues Museum in Berlin, is an interpretation of contemporary movements such as sustainability and upcycling, commented the judges. Wegwerth is anxious that broken objects should no longer be treated as valueless and fit only to be thrown away, but rather should be given enhanced value by repair. He has used a crystal solution to fuse broken vases back together, turning each vessel restored in this way into a unique object, as the results differ depending on the appropriate conditions such as temperature or the make-up of the solution. Wegwerth trained as a cabinet-maker, also studying at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin. 

Reflections on recycling have played a major part in the work of Nienke Janssen from the Netherlands. She combined traditional craft techniques with unusual materials and received an award in the furniture class. Her entry is inspired by the forms of precious baroque cabinets, but Janssen’s cabinet is made from recycled plywood. The different colours of timber and the way in which they are joined together produce some fascinating surface effects. These, and the very nature of this piece of furniture, belie a lack of intrinsic value, while revealing the beauty in worthless, discarded objects. 

Gian Andri Bezzola’s play vehicle ‘Tupi’ won an award in the Technology class. It is intended to teach small children motor skills, balance and coordination. ‘Tupi’ impressed the judges with its harmonious design and ingenious wheel mechanism. The concept of this outstanding product, its implementation and finish were judged to be extremely successful. 

The special TALENTE exhibition this year presents contemporary and new forms of design at the Internationale Handwerksmesse (Hall A1, ‘Handwerk & Design’). Since 1980 the exhibition has provided an international platform for exchange, on which the best of the world’s new generation of designers can showcase their work. More than 600 students and graduates from renowned educational establishments applied to enter this year’s TALENTE competition. Works from 98 young artisans, designers and craft workers from 28 countries were selected. 

List of all TALENTE prizewinners in 2012 and the judges’ comments on their choices: 

Gian Andri Bezzola, Switzerland, Technics
Gian Andri Bezzolas gliding vehicle for children „Tupi“ convinced the jury due to the coherent design and the ingenious mechanism of the wheels, which allow to move in different directions and in the circle. The possibility for many-sided movements and the simple way of choosing the direction makes it especially suitable for small children and for the development of motoric abilities. Idea as well as realization were very much praized. 

Damien François, France, Glass
Damien François’s works show an interesting and experimental way of dealing with glass. The works are characterized by quality of workmanship and the idea of a scientific laboratory that is articulated in the material of glass. The shaping of the material gives the objects of the different groups an unusual intensity and liveliness, invites to inspect them closely and in detail. The effect of the works changes between natural science and the mystery of an alchemist’s laboratory. 

Lukas Wegwerth, Germany, Ceramics
Lukas Wegwerth‘s vase introduces an unusual way of repairing as well as a it presents a new aesthetic effect which hints at the subject of fragility. This new method combines the old and the new, the aesthetic positions of different eras. It also hints at contemporary considerations of sustainability and upcycling. Crystals as symbols of eternity seem especially suited to prolong the life of objects. 

Ryo Azuma, Japan, Metal
The tea bowls by Ryo Azuma convince because of their delicacy, fragility and the patience that their work demands. They relate to the art and culture of the past and hint at Japanese traditions. The tea bowls are perforated and therewith are no longer intended for use but rather to invoke formal, aesthetic and historical contemplations. 

Nienke Janssen, The Netherlands, Furniture
Nienke Janssen‘s cabinet is based on a long tradition of Netherlandish furniture. In contrast to the historical furniture her cabinet shows the use of non expensive materials, which are so crafted that interesting ornaments are created. These as well as the historic connotations of the form let forget the inexpensive materials. The work is positioned in the context of sustainability and documents the interest in material qualities as well as the view of the designer on contemporary issues. 

Märta Mattsson, Sweden, Jewellery
Märta Mattsson‘s brooches from the series „Fossils“ are characterized by the different uses of a wide range of materials, which are combined in an interesting and harmonious way. The different methods as well as the represented subjects hint at the history of jewellery and evoke works of the Art Nouveau. The „Fossils“ are to be understood as a translation from 
nature into something new and origianl. They present a position in contemporary jewellery that combines artistic object and wearability. 

Marina Elenskaya, Russia, Jewellery
Marina Elenskaya‘s works are characterized by the moment of the unexpected. The use of safety glass gives the effect of strength and heaviness but the necklaces are rather light and due to the silicon very flexible. The beautiful glimmering surfaces create a sense of irritation and therewith invite to a closer inspection and discussions. Due to the large size of the works parallels to other ways of carrying like those of bags are established and present new contexts for jewellery. 

Karina Siegmund, Norway, Textile
„The Mountain“ combines two different media – the traditional one of tapestry and the modern of film – as the changes of the weather are projected on the representation of the mountain. The tapestry convinces also without the film due to the materials and the effects of light on the surfaces. The Materials too show the aspects of the unusual and innovative. They suggest the snow on the mountain.

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Alexander Blank. Pendant: Memento Juniori (Bugs), 2011. Rigid foam. Alexander Blank
Pendant: Memento Juniori (Bugs), 2011
Rigid foam
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Despo Sophocleous. Necklace: movement in place 13, 2011. Wood, steel, paint. 15 x 12 x 5 cm. Despo Sophocleous
Necklace: movement in place 13, 2011
Wood, steel, paint
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Märta Mattsson. Brooch: Fossil, 2011. Crushed pyrite, cicadas, silver, resin. Märta Mattsson
Brooch: Fossil, 2011
Crushed pyrite, cicadas, silver, resin
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