Art

Top image: Artwork by Henar Iglesias

Loewe’s annual craft prize celebrating excellent craftsmanship returns for its third year. Giving a thumbs up to excellence and artistic merit of hand-crafted goods, the prize, conceived by creative director Jonathan Anderson, takes a step back to highlight those pushing boundaries in craft and design.

The selected roster spans a variety of techniques and stages of career, from recent graduates and emerging artists to established names, representing the inclusive nature of the brand. This year, the jury has shortlisted 29 artists from over seventeen countries and the nominees will participate in an exhibition at London’s Design Museum.

“Craft is the essence of LOEWE,” says Anderson. “As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant,’ Anderson stated at the award’s inception.”

From this shortlist, a jury composed of eleven leading figures will select the winner of the LFCP 2019. The prize awarded to the winner is 50,000 Euros and the announcement will be made on 25th June 2019 at the opening of the LFCP 2019 exhibition at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo.

What’s more, the finalists’ works will also be documented in a catalogue available to buy on the night.

Loewe Craft Prize 2019 Finalists:

Akiko Hirai (b. Japan lives and works in United Kingdom)
Andrea Walsh (United Kingdom)
Annie Turner (United Kingdom)
Deloss Webber (United States)
Elke Sada (Germany)
Gental Ishikuza (Japan)
Giampaolo Babetto (Italy)
Giovanni Corvaja (Italy)
Harry Morgan (United Kingdom)
Heeseung Koh (Korea)
Henar Iglesias (Spain)
Jim Partidge & Liz Walmsley (United Kingdom)
JingFeng Fang & Mi Dong (China)
John Eric Byers (United States)
Jokum Lind Jensen (b. Denmark, lives and works in Sweden)
Junko Mori (b. Japan, lives and works in United Kingdom)
Kazuhito Takadoi (b. Japan, lives and works in United Kingdom)
Koichi lo (Japan)
Kye-Yeon Son (b. Korea, lives and works in Canada)
Youngsoon Lee (Korea)
Masanori Nishikawa (Japan)
Mayu Nakata (Japan)
Michal Fargo (b. Israel, lives and works in Germany)
Minhee Kim (b. Korea, lives and works in United Kingdom)
Ruudt Peters (Netherlands)
Sachi Fujikake (Japan)
Shozo Michikawa (Japan)
Sophie Rowley (b. New Zealand, lives and works in Germany)
Tomonari Hashimoto (Japan)