Big-Game, Daniel Rybakken Win Debut Hublot Prize for Designers Under 40
A color-block lamp for Lignet Rose and hunting trophies made of plywood for Moustache are among successful products in production by the two winning firms of the first edition of the Hublot Prize .
Presented by Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot during the 30th edition of Tokyo Design Week , the prize went to two joint winners: Swiss design studio Big-Game (founded by Augustin Scott de Martinville, Grégoire Jeanmonod, and Elric Petit) and Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken . Selected from 25 designers under 40, each of the firms took home the equivalent of about $49,000.
A runner-up prize of about $10,000 went to Iceland’s Brynjar Sigurdarson . All of the winners had previously earned a spot in SaloneSatellite , singled out as hot young design talent during annual international contemporary furniture fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
The plywood series Animals by Big-Game, available through Moustache , was conceived as an alternative to animal remains and is both affordable and flat-packed just like, say the designers, some sort of IKEA furniture. Big-Game’s Flatpack rug, available through Gallery Kreo , recalls a flattened cardboard box and is meant as a most simple way to cover the floor, say the designers.
Splashing a room with a geometric lightshow, the Colour lamp, by Rybakken in colaboration with Andreas Engesvik, is available through e15 . “I was intrigued here by the expoded concept of a lamp,” explains Rybakken. Another popular product, Rybakken’s laminated stainless-steel Right Angle Mirror available through Galerie Lreo, is both a mirror and a sculpture, positioned at a 90-degree angle to the wall.
The winners were selected by a jury consisting of Pierre Keller, Lapo Elkann, Ronan Bouroullec, Peter Zec, and Marva Griffin Wilshire.