Medal by designer and Red Dot juror Naoto Fukasawa impresses the Tang Prize Foundation
Early 2014, the Tang Prize Foundation initiated a competition of a special kind in collaboration with the Taiwan Design Center: 25 international design organisations were invited to nominate jewellery designers who should design the Tang Prize medal and thus give a distinctive profile to the new award, which is set to become the Asian Nobel Prize. The committee of the International Invitational Tang Prize Medal Design Competition was formed by design experts from all over the world – including Professor Dr Peter Zec, Founder and CEO of Red Dot, as well as the Red Dot jurors Jennifer Tsai and Rob Vermeulen.
In the run-up to the final decision upon the medal design, ten designers out of the 61 participants from 15 countries were selected to present their concepts. With Irma Boom, Kenji Ekuan, Naoto Fukasawa and Günter Wermekes, the Top 10 featured four Red Dot jurors. On 22 May 2014 it was officially announced in Taipei that the design of Japanese Naoto Fukasawa represents the philosophy of the Tang Prize in the best way. In his laudation, Professor Dr Peter Zec pointed out that the simplicity and conciseness of the concept convinced the jury: “Naoto Fukasawa understood the medal as a sculpture. He provided it with an iconic shape that impresses through its high degree of significance and craftsmanship. This way, he created a unique recognition value and presented a great deal of media savvy at the same time.”
Fukasawas concept consists of a round, golden disc with a diameter of 66mm which is driven by a hole with a width of 31mm. The structure is based on a spiral whose secondary surface overlaps with the principal surface in parallel for an area of 50 degrees angle without touching each other. On the one hand, the spiral curve represents infinity, on the other hand it also reminds of dancing dragons, which are of great importance in Buddhism. The rising dragon implies a state of increasing force while the descending dragon symbolises the arrival of the dragon from above in order to protect the land. Furthermore, they also represent the Buddhist way of enlightenment and its understanding of all life.
The creation of the Tang Prize medal is one of the highlights of Naoto Fukasawas successful career as a designer. He received more than 50 international design awards – including numerous Red Dot distinctions for Artemide, Lamy and B&B Italy, to name but a few.
Every two years, starting in September 2014, the Tang Prize will be awarded in four categories. These rely to the sponsoring of first class support measures that positively contribute to human development: The distinction is awarded for Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology (except literary works) and the Rule of Law.