Amberif Design Award 2020

Ultimate Beauty

Beauty is also for the eyes, but first of all it creates and stabilises our identity. We perceive others as beautiful if they are charismatic, just as we welcome things as beautiful if they carry a story. Our striving for beauty is actually a striving for life. Therefore, we appreciate a kind of beauty that lasts longer than a moment and which seduces us to live. Amber radiates this special kind of beauty. With its wide spectrum of natural colours, it highlights the wearer’s beauty and identity. Its natural inclusions and small cracks speak of life beyond perfection. In Amberif Design Award, we seek jewellery with amber as a commentary on ultimate beauty.

Barbara Schmidt – curator of the contest

Awards

Justification

THE GRAND PRIZE: MARCIN TYMIŃSKI, POLAND for design 101974
sponsored by the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk PLN 10,000
  • The delicate handling shows a very sublime understanding of the concept of the competition. The dialog between the natural and artificial material and their equal treatment gives the piece a timeless holistic value. Leaves something for the imagination.

THE AMBER PRIZE: HELENA LEHTINEN, FINLAND for design 202020
  • At first glance It is super simple. Yet, it is like a document, it evokes questions about cultural backgrounds, refers to classic necklaces in a conceptual way.It is a diary of evolution. A narrative built out of many different individual stories and choices.
THE SILVER PRIZE: MENG-JU WU, TAIWAN for design 572342
  • A combination of metal alloy with amber in a technically challenging way that required a knowledge of metallurgic processes and the physical properties of organic amber. The result is a talismanic piece that glows from the inside.

Honorary mentions

Publication in the Amberif Design Award 2020 digital companion