textile triptych by Leonardo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone

Loewe Craft Prize 2017

While in New York last week I paid a visit to Chamber, a beautiful design gallery adjacent to the High Line at W 23rd St, to check out the 26 finalists for the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize. First established in 2016 by Jonathan Anderson, Loewe creative director and the Loewe Foundation, the Loewe Craft Prize is an annual international €50,000 prize ‘recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods.’ The award seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans who demonstrate an ‘exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value.’ The work of the finalists was beautifully showcased at the Chamber Gallery and covered a multitude of craft disciplines from the large ceramic organic sculpture of South Korea’s Sangwoo Kim to beautiful paper pieces by Guillermo Álvarez-Charvel of Mexico and Kristina Rothe of Germany. However, the standout pieces for me included the beautiful textile triptych by Leonardo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone of Argentina and the haunting wooden vessel by Ernst Gamperl of Germany, which I first came across whilst working on this years Collect show at the Saatchi Gallery. It is great to see a fashion brand supporting craft techniques and the Loewe Craft Prize 2017 selection shows that the contemporary craft scene is very much on the ascendant.

Loewe Craft Prize 2017, Chamber Gallery, 515 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011. Until 6 June .