LOEWE Craft Prize trophy

By Alex Brogden, 2016

LOEWE Craft Prize trophy

By Alex Brogden, 2016

Past Present Future

In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. With this forward-looking initiative, LOEWE seeks to recognise uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate will set a new standard for the future of craft. The incentive for the prize goes back to the roots of LOEWE, a leading luxury house that started as a collective of artisans in 1846.

Key Dates · LOEWE Craft Prize 2017

  • 12 April 2016: Entry site opens to submit work
  • 7 Nov. 2016: Submissions close
  • Feb. 2017: Shortlist of finalists announced
  • Apr. 2017: Winner announced
  • May 2017: Exhibition of finalist and winning works in Madrid

Markku Salo

Markku Salo

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

John Allen

John Allen

Ramón Puig Cuyàs

Ramón Puig Cuyàs

About the Craft Prize

In 2016 the LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international prize recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods. The award seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

All entries should
fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, etc.
be an original work, handmade or partly handmade
have been created in the last decade
be one-of a-kind
have won no prizes previously
demonstrate artistic intent.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE Craft Prize 2017”, on view in Madrid and subsequently travelling to other cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Jonathan Anderson

LOEWE Creative Director

"Craft is always going to be modern. It is about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn't exist before. It is about newness as much as it is about tradition."

Jonathan Anderson

LOEWE Creative Director

"Craft is always going to be modern. It is about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn't exist before. It is about newness as much as it is about tradition."

Gijs Bakker

Jewellery artist and co-founder of Droog Design

"Form-giving is the Dutch word for design. The form is just the wrapping of an idea (Gijs Bakker, 1969). An idea (concept) is a thought, an individual opinion on a subject that can be cultural, social, economical or political. The wrapping visualizes the idea and depends on the intelligence and skill of the maker for its execution."

Photographed by Yoshiari-Tsutsui

Gijs Bakker

Jewellery artist and co-founder of Droog Design

"Form-giving is the Dutch word for design. The form is just the wrapping of an idea (Gijs Bakker, 1969). An idea (concept) is a thought, an individual opinion on a subject that can be cultural, social, economical or political. The wrapping visualizes the idea and depends on the intelligence and skill of the maker for its execution."

Photographed by Yoshiari-Tsutsui

Rolf Fehlbaum

Former CEO and soul of Vitra

Photographed by Lars Petter Peppersen, Vitra

Rolf Fehlbaum

Former CEO and soul of Vitra

Photographed by Lars Petter Peppersen, Vitra

Naoto Fukasawa

Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum

“Modern craft means design.”

Naoto Fukasawa

Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum

“Modern craft means design.”

Enrique Loewe

LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President

"Modern craft is a reflection of the history of human life and culture. It is always close to art, and often surpasses it. Producer of objects that are our companions, with a constant capacity for renewal."

Photographed by Saskia Lawaks

Enrique Loewe

LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President

"Modern craft is a reflection of the history of human life and culture. It is always close to art, and often surpasses it. Producer of objects that are our companions, with a constant capacity for renewal."

Photographed by Saskia Lawaks

Deyan Sudjic

Essayist and Director of the Design Museum, London

"No matter how fast and how violent the pace of change in material culture, a relationship with physical objects that carry the mark of their maker remains a fundamental part of what it means to be human. It is an essential part of life, but the energy and imagination that shape such objects need continual replenishment and renewal."

Photographed by Muhsin Akgün

Deyan Sudjic

Essayist and Director of the Design Museum, London

"No matter how fast and how violent the pace of change in material culture, a relationship with physical objects that carry the mark of their maker remains a fundamental part of what it means to be human. It is an essential part of life, but the energy and imagination that shape such objects need continual replenishment and renewal."

Photographed by Muhsin Akgün

Benedetta Tagliabue

Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member

"Craft is about using hands. And being skillful. And creating a strong relationship with a material. Once I saw a vase maker in Kathmandu praying to God before creating his vase. This is ancient craft. Modern craft is still about doing a creative art which involves the divine."

Photographed by Vicens Giménez

Benedetta Tagliabue

Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member

"Craft is about using hands. And being skillful. And creating a strong relationship with a material. Once I saw a vase maker in Kathmandu praying to God before creating his vase. This is ancient craft. Modern craft is still about doing a creative art which involves the divine."

Photographed by Vicens Giménez

Stefano Tonchi

Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine

Stefano Tonchi

Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine

Patricia Urquiola

Architect and industrial designer

"A contemporaneous approach to craft is a Viconian cyclical theory synthesis. Where traditional matters are used with new technologies or new materials with historical processes and any combination of these extremes. As well as a research process attitude in any field."

Photographed by Max Zambelli

Patricia Urquiola

Architect and industrial designer

"A contemporaneous approach to craft is a Viconian cyclical theory synthesis. Where traditional matters are used with new technologies or new materials with historical processes and any combination of these extremes. As well as a research process attitude in any field."

Photographed by Max Zambelli

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

Architecture and design correspondent for El País

"Craft confers memory on objects. It embodies the contribution of a person who has learnt what he or she knows as much through effort as through talent. For this reason it communicates values beyond beauty. It carries no commercial mark other than that of the imprint of the hand of the person who made it. "

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

Architecture and design correspondent for El País

"Craft confers memory on objects. It embodies the contribution of a person who has learnt what he or she knows as much through effort as through talent. For this reason it communicates values beyond beauty. It carries no commercial mark other than that of the imprint of the hand of the person who made it. "

Jury

Distinguished figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship will select the winner from the finalists shortlisted by the Experts Panel.

Watch a conversation on modern craft here

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

John Allen

John Allen

Markku Salo

Markku Salo

Ramón Puig Cuyàs

Ramón Puig Cuyàs

How to participate

Read the Rules of Entry and make sure you comply with all requirements. All participants must be professional artisans 18 years or older. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘team submission’). All nationalities are welcome.

Make sure the work:
demonstrates artistic intent in addition to technical proficiency
is an original piece, handmade or partly handmade
is recently created (in the last decade), and one-of-a-kind, and has not won any prizes previously
is innovative, in the sense that it updates tradition
falls within an area of the applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, etc.

Complete the online registration in English
You need 2 to 5 photographs of the work and optionally a video.
Write a brief conceptual statement about the work.
Submit it before 7 November 2016.

John Allen

Master weaver and textile designer

"Imaginativeness and creativeness in conception. Inventive use of material and craft skill. Fitness for purpose."

John Allen

Master weaver and textile designer

"Imaginativeness and creativeness in conception. Inventive use of material and craft skill. Fitness for purpose."

Claudi Casanovas

Ceramist

"An artistic maker, one that is completely dedicated to the ‘imaginatio vera’, never repeats; but rather gathers and continues. The maker gathers the ancient cinders, brings the sleeping embers back to life and uses them to kindle a contemporary fire."

Photographed by Jordi Puig

Claudi Casanovas

Ceramist

"An artistic maker, one that is completely dedicated to the ‘imaginatio vera’, never repeats; but rather gathers and continues. The maker gathers the ancient cinders, brings the sleeping embers back to life and uses them to kindle a contemporary fire."

Photographed by Jordi Puig

Ramón Puig Cuyàs

Jewellery artist

"Contemporary crafts are fused into a single principle – dialogue: the dialogue between material, form, hands and thought."

Ramón Puig Cuyàs

Jewellery artist

"Contemporary crafts are fused into a single principle – dialogue: the dialogue between material, form, hands and thought."

Sara Die Trill

LOEWE accessories designer

"Modern craft implies talented work and skilled hands, done from and for the heart. It's a communion between man and material. It's an emotional process."

Sara Die Trill

LOEWE accessories designer

"Modern craft implies talented work and skilled hands, done from and for the heart. It's a communion between man and material. It's an emotional process."

Markku Salo

Glass artist

"When you have taken the material to its extremes then you have succeeded."

Markku Salo

Glass artist

"When you have taken the material to its extremes then you have succeeded."

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

Architecture and design correspondent for El País

"Craft confers memory on objects. It embodies the contribution of a person who has learnt what he or she knows as much through effort as through talent. For this reason it communicates values beyond beauty. It carries no commercial mark other than that of the imprint of the hand of the person who made it."

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

Architecture and design correspondent for El País

"Craft confers memory on objects. It embodies the contribution of a person who has learnt what he or she knows as much through effort as through talent. For this reason it communicates values beyond beauty. It carries no commercial mark other than that of the imprint of the hand of the person who made it."

Experts Panel

The Experts Panel will consider all works presented and submit to the Jury a shortlist of 10 to 15 one-off works which they consider most outstanding, representing excellence, newness, innovation and artistic vision in modern craftsmanship.

Watch a conversation on modern craft here

LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize

In 1988 the LOEWE Foundation set up the LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize to promote quality in poetic creation in Spanish, at a time when poetry was the most neglected of the literary arts in Spain. Backed by an exceptional jury, the award has since become the most important non-institutional prize of its kind and a highlight on the international cultural calendar.
Every year the Foundation awards a prize to an unpublished work of at least 300 verses and presents a Young Poets Prize to a poet aged under 30, both of which are then published by Visor Libros.

LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize

In 1988 the LOEWE Foundation set up the LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize to promote quality in poetic creation in Spanish, at a time when poetry was the most neglected of the literary arts in Spain. Backed by an exceptional jury, the award has since become the most important non-institutional prize of its kind and a highlight on the international cultural calendar.
Every year the Foundation awards a prize to an unpublished work of at least 300 verses and presents a Young Poets Prize to a poet aged under 30, both of which are then published by Visor Libros.

LOEWE FOUNDATION International Poetry Prize. Visor Libros publishing house. Photographed by Luis Asín

Dance

Through its support of dance, the LOEWE FOUNDATION seeks to promote greater international awareness of the performing art and to foster exchanges between dancers, audiences, and practitioners from other artistic disciplines.

Compañía Nacional de Danza

In 2013 the LOEWE FOUNDATION became the official sponsor of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza (National Dance Company). The Foundation supports the project directed by dancer and choreographer José Carlos Martínez, which adds classical dance to the company’s contemporary repertoire with a cultural and didactic approach.

María Pagés

The Foundation also sponsors choreographer and dancer María Pagés, whose work emphasises the universal nature of flamenco and its deep ties to Spanish culture.

Teatro Real and Gran Teatre del Liceu

Since 2007 the LOEWE FOUNDATION sponsors the dance season at the Teatro Real in Madrid and since 2011 the dance season at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Dance

Through its support of dance, the LOEWE FOUNDATION seeks to promote greater international awareness of the performing art and to foster exchanges between dancers, audiences, and practitioners from other artistic disciplines.

Compañía Nacional de Danza

In 2013 the LOEWE FOUNDATION became the official sponsor of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza (National Dance Company). The Foundation supports the project directed by dancer and choreographer José Carlos Martínez, which adds classical dance to the company’s contemporary repertoire with a cultural and didactic approach.

María Pagés

The Foundation also sponsors choreographer and dancer María Pagés, whose work emphasises the universal nature of flamenco and its deep ties to Spanish culture.

Teatro Real and Gran Teatre del Liceu

Since 2007 the LOEWE FOUNDATION sponsors the dance season at the Teatro Real in Madrid and since 2011 the dance season at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Compañía Nacional de Danza. ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’. Photographed by Jesús Vallinas

PHotoEspaña

The opening of exhibition spaces in LOEWE stores in Madrid and Barcelona as of 2011 has been critical in consolidating the house’s commitment to art and photography. In 2011 the LOEWE FOUNDATION began its partnership with PHotoEspaña, the largest photography festival in Europe, where it participated every year with an exhibition of a renowned photographer: Ron Galella (2011), ´The Sartorialist´by Scott Schuman (2012), ´The Kennedys´ by Mark Shaw (2013), Lillian Bassman (2014) and Tina Modotti (2015).

PHotoEspaña

The opening of exhibition spaces in LOEWE stores in Madrid and Barcelona as of 2011 has been critical in consolidating the house’s commitment to art and photography. In 2011 the LOEWE FOUNDATION began its partnership with PHotoEspaña, the largest photography festival in Europe, where it participated every year with an exhibition of a renowned photographer: Ron Galella (2011), ´The Sartorialist´by Scott Schuman (2012), ´The Kennedys´ by Mark Shaw (2013), Lillian Bassman (2014) and Tina Modotti (2015).

Tina Modotti
‘Campesinos Demonstration’, Mexico 1928. Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art
Phototeka by Ava Vargas. PHotoEspaña 2015

Art Basel Miami

In 2015, the LOEWE FOUNDATION participated for the first time in Art Basel Miami with ‘Chance Encounters’, a project curated by LOEWE´s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson at the LOEWE Miami Design District store. The exhibition embraces the disruptive beauty of the chance encounter, setting up unexpected conversations between the work of four major historical and contemporary British artists: Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie and Rose Wylie.

Art Basel Miami

In 2015, the LOEWE FOUNDATION participated for the first time in Art Basel Miami with ‘Chance Encounters’, a project curated by LOEWE´s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson at the LOEWE Miami Design District store. The exhibition embraces the disruptive beauty of the chance encounter, setting up unexpected conversations between the work of four major historical and contemporary British artists: Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie and Rose Wylie.

Lucie Rie and Hans Coper
Stoneware cup and saucer
circa 1946–1959

Architecture

Javier Carvajal (1926–2013), a key figure of modern architecture in Spain in the 1950s and 60s, is inextricably linked to the history of LOEWE and was instrumental in shaping the modern image of the house in the 20th century, through innovative product designs, new stores (including the iconic Madrid Serrano boutique, 1959), as well as striking showrooms and offices for LOEWE. As he reconfigures LOEWE for the culture of today, current creative director Jonathan Anderson has been particularly inspired by this exceptional period of the brand’s past. Since 2014 the LOEWE FOUNDATION sponsors the Javier Carvajal International Architecture Award organised by the University of Navarra since 2012. Every two years, an award is given to an architect or institution with a substantial and acclaimed track record promoting and teaching architecture.

Architecture

Javier Carvajal (1926–2013), a key figure of modern architecture in Spain in the 1950s and 60s, is inextricably linked to the history of LOEWE and was instrumental in shaping the modern image of the house in the 20th century, through innovative product designs, new stores (including the iconic Madrid Serrano boutique, 1959), as well as striking showrooms and offices for LOEWE. As he reconfigures LOEWE for the culture of today, current creative director Jonathan Anderson has been particularly inspired by this exceptional period of the brand’s past. Since 2014 the LOEWE FOUNDATION sponsors the Javier Carvajal International Architecture Award organised by the University of Navarra since 2012. Every two years, an award is given to an architect or institution with a substantial and acclaimed track record promoting and teaching architecture.

Façade LOEWE factory in Barcelona 1964, Javier Carvajal
Historic Archive of Architecture University of Navarra. Photographed by F. Catalá Roca

LOEWE FOUNDATION

The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural Foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe Lynch, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, under the direction of his daughter Sheila Loewe, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, support educational programmes and safeguard heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, design and craft, photography, and architecture. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, the highest honour granted by the Spanish Government, in 2002.

One of the primary purposes for which the LOEWE FOUNDATION was established was to support design and craftsmanship.

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