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David Adjaye designs 2019 Brit Awards trophy

United Kingdom Architecture News - Dec 7, 2018 - 04:05   5836 views

David Adjaye designs 2019 Brit Awards trophy

The Brit Awards, the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards, has announced that Sir David Adjaye will design the trophies of the 2019 Brit Awards, as the first images of design have been released by the Brit Awards.

The Brit design project was led by Sir David Adjaye, founder and principal architect of Adjaye Associates, together with Jason Iley, Brit's Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland, and Alice Beal, Sony Music UK. Sir David accepted and began on the brief in May of this year.

David Adjaye designs 2019 Brit Awards trophy

Adjaye's design will be made in cast in solid glass, finished with a translucent surface. The architect's design seeks the answer on what is the nature of "perfection and imperfection", "what is the notion of beauty". The design will transfer those ideas to a smaller object. 

"The Brit Awards are a quintessential part of a celebration of British talent and a powerful forum to really talk about the evolving nature of British culture and the contribution of people to that culture. My take on the Brit trophy is the manifestation of a great material forged in fire and shaped into the body of a woman," said David Adjaye.

"She is unique, and proportionally she is very different. For me, designing the award was an opportunity to question and explore - what is the nature of perfection and imperfection, what is the notion of beauty... it was exciting to transfer those ideas to a smaller object. Now, we have something that I really, really love; I’m very happy with it."

David Adjaye designs 2019 Brit Awards trophy

For the 2019 design of the trophies, Adjaye partnered with progressive Czech glassmaking and design company LASVIT, who used a complex glass casting process to produce a completely unique set of statues. 

"Designing and manufacturing a unique piece is always challenging, but also an inspiring process. We developed many samples, we were fine-tuning the colour and texture of the glass and are very proud to partner with Sir David Adjaye and bring to the 2019 Brit Award trophy a bit of Bohemian crystal beauty," said Roman Žákovský, Managing Director of LASVIT.

With a career spanning nearly 25 years, Sir David Adjaye is one of the world’s leading architects, with an array of notable and award-winning projects across the globe. 

Rewarding creativity with creativity, the 2019 Brit Award winners will be honoured with a timeless and unique piece of art on the night in celebration of their contribution to music within the past year, and his innovative design continues to raise the bar for the Brit Awards as it approaches its 40th year.

David Adjaye designs 2019 Brit Awards trophy

The Brit Awards 2019 with Mastercard will be broadcast live on ITV - Wednesday 20th February from The O2 Arena, London.

Previously, the 2017 Brit Awards trophies were designed by Zaha Hadid, and the 2018 Brit Awards trophies were designed by British sculptor Anish Kapoor. 


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