Spearheaded by the Spanish brand’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson, the Loewe Craft Prize aims to “showcase and celebrate the work of exceptionally talented artisans working in a range of craft-based professions.”
The competition, launched in November last year, saw more than 4,000 entries from international artisans working in ceramics to embroidery to furniture to jewelry-making. An exhibition of work by 26 finalists, narrowed down by a star-studded panel including Patricia Urquiola, Naoto Fukasawa, and Deyan Sudjic, went on display in Madrid in April 2017.
The winner, Ernst Gamperl, a self-taught wood-carver from Munich, was applauded for his breathtaking Tree of Life 2, a curvaceous vessel made from a reclaimed fallen tree. “This is an object that is both beautiful, and teaches us the value of recycling,” Anderson commented at the award ceremony. Special mention also went to Japanese glass artist Yoshiaki Kojiro, and Mexican basket weavers Antonio and Veronica Cornelio, who were both also awarded additional 5000-euro prizes.
Now, the show is on display at Manhattan’s Chamber gallery in Chelsea through June 6, before heading to Paris in September, Tokyo in November, and London in February of next year.
Here, Galerie shares ten highlights.