Best New Design Award
Each year, a Best New Design Award is given in both weeks of the Fair by a leading figure in the industry. Both recipients of the award are given a £1,000 prize to support them in their further development.
In Week One, the 2016 Best New Design Award was won by London-based Danish jeweller Max Danger for his exquisite Honey Bee Cluster Ring. This striking piece explores the formation of bees in hives. Announcing the prize, renowned design curator and consultant, Mary La Trobe-Bateman, drew attention to the charm, intricacy, and craftsmanship of Danger’s standout piece.
London-based jeweller Zoe Arnold was named runner up for her Mirror Brooch/Pendant, an evocative piece constructed with zinc, oxidised silver, 18ct gold and a shell. Scottish jeweller Andrew Lamb was runner up for the Ishihara #1 Brooch, made of 18ct yellow and white gold. They both received a bottle of champagne.
Read more about the week one awards here.
Week Two was won by Kent-based designer-maker Patrick Davison for Box, an intriguing mixed metal container constructed with silver, brass, copper, bronze, and nickel silver (alpaca). Announcing the prize, Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of Crafts Council, drew attention to the work’s intricate patterns, superb craftsmanship and beautiful finish.
London-based jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith was named runner up for her evocative Pilgrim‘s Mirror Case. Read more about the week two winners here.