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Riedel Award 2014


The first edition of the Riedel Prize, an international competition for young artists and designers under 30,  has been awarded to the young norwegian designer Kristine Five Melvaer,
who presented works of particularly high level and charm for brightness, color taste and the softness of the material, her artworks are even suitable for daily usage".

8 october 2014, 5.30 pm - Palazzo Franchetti
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
The prize giving ceremony for the Glass in Venice Prize and for the Riedel Award will take place at the Istituto Veneto in the presence of:
Gian Antonio Danieli, president of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
Georg Riedel, president of Riedel Crystal
Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Rosa Barovier, glass historian
and the prize winning artists.

According to the Judging Committee decided that some other designers are worthy of attention:
Kristel Britcher "for her  functional, elegant and original works , where the influence of Venetian tradition is evident and treated with maturity and intelligence",
Elisabet Erin Dickson "whose works are very interesting and innovative, at high artistic level, and whose technical processes of manufacture are particularly evident";
Madeline Prowd "who shows a great technical maturity, presenting very fine works  in which the origin from a tradition of a prestigeous school is clear".

The works of award-winning artists will be exhibited in the atrium of the Palazzo Loredan, Istituto Veneto, from October 9 to November 7, Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00. Admission is free.

The Judging Committee for the award of the Riedel Prize 2014, chaired by Georg J. Riedel, was composed by Rosa Barovier, Sandro Franchini, Chiara Squarcina e Marco Zito.

Kristine Five Melvær

Norwegian Designer Kristine Five Melvær (b. 1984) investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. She focuses on the communicative potentials of objects as a means to create emotional bonds between object and user. By searching for the sensual essence of phenomena, she translates these qualities into sensuous objects with a Scandinavian simplicity.
Melvær holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (2008) and a Masters degree in Visual Communication from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2012).
Over the past two years Melvær has launched fifteen series of prototypes exhibited in Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Tokyo, Paris, London, Prague, Stockholm, Lillestrøm and Oslo. One of her Ray prototypes was acquired by the VitraHaus exhibition.
Melvær was nominated for Young Designer of the Year in Plaza Award 2012 and Nordic Designer of the Year in Nova Design Award 2013. Melvær was awarded Newcomer of the Year and the Soft Bowls were nominated for Accessory of the Year in the Bo Bedre Design Awards 2013.
Melvær is currently collaborating with different producers developing a number of her prototype series for production. The Soft Bowls and Soft Vases are in production with When Objects Work, and the Dew vases, Seasons vases and Multi lanterns are in production with Magnor Glassverk. Melvær received a development grant from Grafill in 2013, and a three year working grant from Arts Council Norway in 2014.
Education:2010 – 2012: Master of Visual Communications, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
2009 – 2010: Graphic Design, Westerdals School of Communications
2003 – 2008: Master of Industrial Design, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
2006 – 2007: Master of Architecture, Design and Industrial Form, exchange year, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.
(Artist's page)