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John Pawson and the Fashion Awards

Fans of fashion and design in general will be pleased to see what architect/designer John Pawson came up with for the Fashion Awards, which took place on Monday 4th December.

Pawson is famed for treating everything he designs as ‘architecture’ and ‘traceable back to a consistent set of preoccupations with mass, volume, surface, proportion, junction, geometry, repetition, light and ritual’.

John Pawson – Photographed in his studio in London, 2017

The trophy’s name is ‘Filament’, which means ‘a slender threadlike object or fibre’. The concept for Swarovski’s 2017 award trophy is intended to combine themes affiliated with both the fashion industry and architecture whilst respecting the proportions and characteristics of those designs from preceding years.

A material ‘thread’ is cast at the centre of Swarovski crystal, each unique to the separate award winner’s trophy. A convex lens situated at the top of the piece, magnifies and distorts the thread on-end, read in contrast to the fine linear encapsulated band when viewed in elevation. Facets of graduating widths complement the pure cylindrical surface around the trophy’s body.

The palette of thread colours, equally distinct when seen apart as they are engaging as a collective, represent the diversity of 2017’s award winners themselves.