Bombay Sapphire Prize shortlist


The shortlist for this year's £20,000 Bombay Sapphire Prize was announced yesterday. Above: Attracted to light by Geoffrey Mann

The shortlisted entries (shown here) will be exhibited and the winner announced in Milan in April 2008, during the Salone del Mobile international furniture fair. Above: Capacity by Annie Cattrell.

The annual award, which recognises "excellence and innovation in the use of glass", is open to designers, artists and architects. The winner gets £20,000 and the best newcomer £5,000. Judges this year included Tom Dixon, Ron Arad, Thomas Heatherwick and Karim Rashid. Above: Gravity by Jon Clark

Above: No 091138-05 by Yoav Reches, Zik Group

Above: Furniture Life by Gitta Gschwendtner

Above: Aladdin by Stuart Haygarth

Above: Dairy House by Charlotte Skene Catling

Above: Crocodile Tears by Carmen Lozar

Above: Lace by Joanna Manousis

Above: Photograms by Matthew Durran

Above: Singing Water by Eva Menz

Above: Bathysphere by Michaela Nettell

Above: unknown

Above: A Molecule of the Horizon by Akiko Iwase

Above: Coalescence ii by James Lethbridge

Above: Mystical Journey by Marvin Oliver

Above: Life's Strategies by Silvia Levenson

Above: Lappet Form No. 6 by Rozlyn de Bussey

Above: Persian Cyclamen by Dafna Kaffeman

Above: Silver Schwartz by Alison McConachie

Above: One Liners by Tavs Jorgensen

Above: Stacked Stoppages by David Rickard

Above: Encyclopaedia by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Above: Sol by Bruno Romanelli

Above: Portrait in Pasteur Pipettes by Stephen Reveley

Above: Agnus Dei by Judith Schaechter

Above: Quingelwingelqui from the series Living, Living. Dying by Wilken Skurk

Above: Silent Bodies by Louis Thompson

Above: Surviving on the Quality of Listening by Jack Wax

Above: Nuclear Power Station Project by Kate Williams and John Lloyd

Above: unknown

Above: Angel by Sabrina Cant.

The following text is from the Bombay Sapphire Foundation:


Bombay Sapphire is instantly recognisable around the world thanks to its striking, translucent blue glass bottle design. It’s fitting then that through its links with the global design community, Bombay Sapphire supports the inspirational designs of international artists, designers and architects.

The Bombay Sapphire Foundation was established in 2001 to recognise, encourage and reward the very best in contemporary design and in particular glass design. The members of the Foundation include leading international designers and some of the world’s most respected figures from the glass and design industry.

Bombay Sapphire began its association with the world of design in the 1990s when internationally acclaimed designers first created their versions of the ultimate martini cocktail glass inspired by Bombay Sapphire.

To support and reward excellence in glass design, the Bombay Sapphire Foundation launched an international glass design award - the Bombay Sapphire Prize – in 2002.

Glass is an exciting and versatile material that, in many shapes and forms, surrounds us every day. As the biggest international glass award, the Bombay Sapphire Prize celebrates the achievements of international artists, designers and architects who work with this challenging material to create stunning results.

Judges for the Bombay Sapphire Prize include members of the Bombay Sapphire Foundation. The award recognises innovation and excellence in the use of glass with the winner receiving £20,000 and the best newcomer receiving £5,000.

The inspiring work of the finalists in the Bombay Sapphire Prize are toured each year to exhibitions, galleries and museums worldwide to highlight the importance of glass in contemporary living.


Posted by Rose Etherington

Posted on Tuesday November 20th 2007 at 10:43 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • luxury larry

    just so i’m clear, ALL those entries above are created from glass?

    Dairy House by Charlotte Skene Catling looks like a rendering and some of them are photos of stuff.

    can you clarify?

  • jeremi

    looks like a real project.
    too bad there are so small pictures an no close-up of the facade.
    looks interesting though

  • J

    Dairy House is for real, a beutiful project by a extrememly talented person.
    Infact she doesn’t use any renderings in her design process.
    It’s been awarded the RIBA Awards this year.,_Somerset

  • kookenhaken

    spent some time trauling through google and found more pictures of the project:

  • So you have sorted all of the entry’s, and reviewed all of the work?

    How many entry’s did you recieve?

    These are whom you choose from as the finalists?

  • I think the house should win, but some of them are not so good, because with out photography tricks, or lighting values some of the work on here would not even exist in reality, or look as it does in the photos.

    I think this sould be a glass photography contest instead.

    Just an opinion

    Michael Angelo Menconi

  • Cuco Ramirez

    The “attracted to light” piece is a complete knock off the “Moth to a flame” by To22 from 2005. Check

  • Tara Quigley

    Yes, it is a very short list in my eye.
    The Dairy House by this Catling woman is one in a million.
    I only wish I could move in immediately.

  • Christina Blakeney

    If the “Dairy House” is an actual structure it is an illuminated jewel. Is it real?

  • The piece by Martin Oliver needs to be seen to really appreciate it. Oliver, who is a professor at the University of Washington, is now working in multiple media, to include glass, metal, paper, and wood. Check out some of his work at his website:

  • Michelle Meredyth Stewart

    the entry by Rozlyn Debussy really reminds me of the pelvis. This is a photography show, and great.

  • bill weeks

    Very interesting site. I especially liked the Native American Killer Whale in glass, that shows the soul of the animal in the classic Northwest Coast way–yet utilizing the glass medium.