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Comments Posted 10.20.11 | PERMALINK

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National Design Award Trophy


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On October 20, 2011, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum unveiled a new trophy for the National Design Awards.

Originally designed in silicon carbide by William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Jeffrey Tyson in 2000, the trophy was launched as a part of an "asterisk" design exploratory. A decade later, the trophy was interpreted in a new material by Smart Design in 2010. Now, for the 2011 awards, Corning Museum's GlassLab undertook a new interpretation of the "asterisk" trophy in glass.

Here it is described by Unbeige: "The new trophy has twists of its own, deviating from corporate America’s transparent-tombstone approach to award design with striated glass that hints at the hand of the designer (and suggests an asterisk plucked from the tundra). And winners can get an instant ego boost when they glance into the trophy. The top is cut at a 50-degee angle that allows viewers to peer into the glass and see their reflection."


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William Drenttel is a designer and publisher, and editorial director of Design Observer. He is a partner at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focused on social change, online media and educational institutions, and a senior faculty fellow at the Yale School of Management.
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