The BRIT Awards have released the first official images of the 2019 award, designed by architect Sir David Adjaye OBE and cast in solid glass.
The BRIT design project was led by Sir David Adjaye, founder and principal architect of Adjaye Associates, together with Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland, and Alice Beal, Sony Music UK. Sir David accepted and commenced on the brief in May of this year.
Iley, who has personally commissioned the recent trio of world-renowned award designers said: “David’s treatment has surpassed my expectations, continuing the transformation of the award, as well as building on the legacy of outstanding creativity over the past few years. BRIT winners on the night will take home a truly stunning piece of work that’s totally unique to them with each award carrying its own individual and distinctive imperfections. I’d like to thank David and his team, in particular Duncan Wilson, LASVIT and Alice Beal for all of their work in making David’s vision a reality.”
On the design, David said: “The BRIT Awards are a quintessential part of a celebration of British talent and a powerful forum to really talk about the evolving nature of British culture and the contribution of people to that culture.
My take on the BRIT trophy is the manifestation of a great material forged in fire and shaped into the body of a woman. She is unique, and proportionally she is very different.
“For me, designing the award was an opportunity to question and explore – what is the nature of perfection and imperfection, what is the notion of beauty… it was exciting to transfer those ideas to a smaller object. Now, we have something that I really, really love; I’m very happy with it.”
For the 2019 statue, Adjaye partnered with progressive Czech glassmaking and design company LASVIT, who utilised a complex glass casting process to produce a completely unique set of statues.
Roman Žákovský, Managing Director of LASVIT added: “Designing and manufacturing a unique piece is always challenging, but also an inspiring process. We developed many samples, we were fine-tuning the colour and texture of the glass and are very proud to partner with Sir David Adjaye and bring to the 2019 BRIT Award trophy a bit of Bohemian crystal beauty.”
With a career spanning nearly 25 years, Sir David Adjaye is one of the world’s leading architects, with an array of notable and award-winning projects across the globe. Rewarding creativity with creativity, the 2019 BRIT Award winners will be honoured with a timeless and unique piece of art on the night in celebration of their contribution to music within the past year, and his innovative design continues to raise the bar for the BRIT Awards as it approaches its 40th year.
The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard will be broadcast live on ITV – Wednesday 20th February from The O2 Arena, London.
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