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: 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: 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