November 1, 2017

John Pawson Designs Fashion Awards Trophies From Swarovski Crystal

John Pawson has designed the trophy for the Fashion Awards 2017 from Swarovski crystal. Photography by Mark Cocksedge.

John Pawson helped out with his family’s textile business before he practiced architecture. Aside from occasional retail projects, he hasn’t worked in fashion since. That is, until the British Fashion Council and Swarovski commissioned him to design the trophy for this year’s Fashion Awards.

Each trophy was handcrafted by master cutters at Swarovski’s Austrian headquarters. Image courtesy of Swarovski and John Pawson.

Pawson created a minimalist cylinder from Swarovski crystal that encases a lacquer “thread” through its center. The trophy’s slanted top features a convex lens, which magnifies the thread when viewed from above. Swarovski’s artisans handcrafted each trophy at the company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria.

Swarovski crystal encases a colorful “thread” that runs down the trophy’s center. Image courtesy of Swarovski and John Pawson.

“The palette of thread colors is distinctive when viewed individually and engaging when viewed as a collective, which speaks to the diversity of the 2017 award winners,” says Pawson, an Interior Design Hall of Fame member. “The inherent qualities of Swarovski crystal enhance the simplicity of the cylindrical form and colored thread, producing a celebratory play of light and color.”

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Trophy elements in Pawson’s studio. Photography by Mark Cocksedge.
Trophy elements in Pawson’s studio. Photography by Mark Cocksedge.

The project continues a longstanding relationship between Pawson and Swarovski. At the London Design Festival 2011, they joined forces for an installation at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which featured the largest Swarovski concave meniscus lens ever commissioned from the company’s optical division.

The Fashion Awards 2017 will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on December 4.

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