Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass
Competition winners



Thai designer Amorn Thongsaard has won the Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition with this design called Ramify.


Nyhmphéa by Camille Ulrich from France (above) came second while third place went to Jacobo Munoz from Switzerland for Bombay Topographie (below).


Munoz's design also won the People's Prize award, as voted for by Dezeen readers via our special online voting page. Voting has now closed but you can still visit the page to see explanations of the shortlisted designs.

The award winner was announced at a ceremony in London last week.

The following information is from Bombay Sapphire:


London, September 18 2008 – Thai designer, Amorn Thongsaard has been named the £10,000 winner of this year’s global final of the Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition, one of the top design contests in the world for up-and-coming designers.

In the last year, thousands of emerging designers from around the world have designed martini cocktail glasses inspired by Bombay Sapphire and 21 finalists took part in the 2008 global final. Amorn, who is a designer for SB Furniture in Bangkok was awarded the £10,000 prize for ‘Ramify’, a glass design inspired by the bubbles which rise in Bombay Sapphire when it’s been poured. The prize was presented by world renowned Paris-based designer, Arik Levy, at an awards event held during the London Design Festival. Arik described the winning glass as: “Beautiful and delicate. The facets on the stem mimic the Bombay Sapphire bottle which contrasts with the smooth liquid inside. The glass expresses the elegance of the evening martini cocktail moment”. Guests at the awards event included international designers and the 21 finalists who had travelled to London from around the world. The finalist martini cocktail glasses will be on display within the Bombay Sapphire exhibition at Village Underground in Shoreditch, East London until September 21st. As well as Arik Levy, the judging panel included Wallpaper* Editor-at-Large Suzanne Trocmé; glass artist and winner of the Bombay Sapphire Prize 2008, Annie Cattrell; dezeen website founder, Marcus Fairs; Director of New Designers, Isobel Dennis and cocktail expert and Global Brand Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire, Merlin Griffiths.

Second place was awarded to Camille Ulrich from France and third place and winner of the inaugural People’s Prize award, voted for online by thousands of design enthusiasts from around the world, was Jacobo Munoz from Switzerland).

The 21 finalists in London represented: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and USA.

For more information on the competition go to

Posted on Monday September 22nd 2008 at 10:26 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • rodger

    Ugly! I do not feel that second place, ‘Nyhmphéa’ (France), deserved the position. I felt that there were much better martinis on show,. I didn’t think it was anywhere near the most elegant, innovative, original or on brand design, nor did i feel that it enhanced the martini experience. I can only think that i think there may have been some sway from French judge Arik Levy!

  • Noel

    I agree with Rodger. I thought the point was to design a glass for martinis not for punch. Those martinis would become warm right away. In addition the 3rd place winner was the only one who placed and seemed inspired by Bombay Sapphire. He created a glass, which was iconic of that. My favorite was actually the US winner “On the Rocks” all of my design colleagues agreed as well. That designer actually creatively reinterpreted the martini glass while considering Bombay Sapphire as a brand. The 21 glasses all looked great in person. I just wish I could understand what the judges based their decisions on.

  • Pin

    And thricely so. However, the Swiss design was hardly a Martini Glass was it? As for functionality being taken into account, well… I preferred the Swedish entry personally; a clean blend of function and aesthetics that at least sought to address the competition’s brief. I could drink from that.

  • rodger

    I thought 1st position, ‘Ramify’, was well deserved. On brand with the sapphire inspire base, elegant and practical. Well Done.

  • telma

    For the winning glass – one thing comes to my mind – how long it would withstand a washing or would you need to replace the glass after each party. Looks so fragile. Or maybe – it’s just a glass for the presentations.
    I preferred the 3rd place winner’s glass, but the website wouldn’t work when I tried to vote.
    Anyway – great job those people have done.

  • Noel

    Ramify is beautiful but the only design element which makes it stand apart from a traditional martini glass is concealed as soon as the user picks it up. I don’t think the judges really thought that one through.

  • EvoZ

    I don’t mind ! Just a mistake to not understand that innovation is different from past -or traditional martini glass-. Nymphea is an original idea, creative and near from the nature, like the Lake Baikal. Bombay sapphire wants evolution so it looks like to be the right way.

  • norman mbedzi

    i would like to known more about competition in glass as i like the process of bottle making and im also interested in the process.regards norman