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Monday, 02 December 2013 23:30

Amberif Design Award 2014: Materia Prima

Written by  Anna Sado
Bożena Czarnecka: The Main Prize Amberif Design Award 2013 Bożena Czarnecka: The Main Prize Amberif Design Award 2013

The subject of this year's edition of the competition is "jewellery in which amber will be used as an exceptionally strong justification for presenting its most natural properties”. Does that mean a come back to nature, after years of modifications, imitations and experiments...?

The watchword of this year’s Amberif Design Award is not just the alchemic representation of the primal substance able to take on the perfect form but also a direct reference to the contemporary idea of sustainability in design which respects local tradition, refers to the historical heritage of functional arts and elevates natural materials. 

Prized already in ancient Rome, Baltic amber is predisposed, as a substance close to the ideal, to be transformed into an original design. The unique nature of each individual nugget has always provoked artists to look for the right form, interpret associations, make use of its internal structure, colours, shades, transparencies and natural peculiarities preserved for the lucky finder over the past 40 million years. In an era of disposable products, it is sometimes worthwhile to look back to pre-history and fix your sight on the elusive aspects of both the physical and the metaphysical. The material, the medium itself usually gives designers a hint towards their first decisions; let us try to listen to this hint and follow through with it. We expect jewellery (without any functional limitations at all) in which the amber will be a remarkably strong justification for highlighting its most natural properties.

Prof. Sławomir Fijałkowski           


The International Competition for the Design of Jewellery with Amber Amberif Design Award is organised for the 18th time by the International Gdańsk Fair, as a part of the International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Jewellery Stones - Amberif. The aim is to promote amber as a means of artistic expression, as well as the creative thought and new ideas in the field of designing artistic jewellery and objects with amber. Any artist can take part in the competition, so long as they submit their works to the organisers, by 10th February 2014. The projects may be made using any graphic technique (drawing, rendering, visualisation or photographs of a finished prototype or model on a 2D board). The works will be assessed by an international jury board, who will take into account first of all the innovative use of amber. The possibility to use the project in potential serial or limited production will be another advantage. The jury will also grant awards stipulated by the rules and regulations of the competition: The Main Prize – awarded by the Mayor of Gdańsk, PLN 10,000 (gross exchange rate approx. PLN 4.2 / 1 EUR), Joint prizes: The Amber Prize awarded by the International Amber Association – 1 kg of amber and The Silver Prize – 1 kg of silver.

Please contact:

Competition Secretary - Monika Pain
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Competition Curator - Sławomir Fijałkowski
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AMBERIF Project Director - Ewa Rachoń
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Anna Sado

Anna Sado

Trade journalist specialising in jewellery related topics. Since 2007 has been co-creator of the amber portal amber.com.pl

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