Conceived by the Loewe Foundation in 2016 as an initiative to pay homage to craftsmanship, excellence and artistic merit, the Loewe Craft Prize will hand out its first awards this year. Over 4000 applications from countless disciplines were submitted to the competition and now, following a meeting of experts held on 31 January, the Loewe Foundation has announced the names of the 26 chosen finalists. With this prize, Loewe is seeking to recognise pioneering creators whose extraordinary talent, artistic vision and innovation point to new paths in the future of craftsmanship.

Tata Curlata (México) and Waiting for Godot( Korea).

Manga Ormolu (Canadá) and Tree of live 2 (Germany).

From the finalists on the shortlist for this prize, the jury, comprised of prominent figures in the world of the design, art, journalism and fashion (Jonathan Anderson, Naoto Fukasawa, Enrique Loewe, Patricia Urquiola and Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, among others), will announce the winner of the Loewe Craft Prize 2017 on 10 April.

Neofolk (Canada).

Edge of Chaos (Bélgium) and Burial object “Steps” (Germany).

Puffed Up series (Denmark)

Selva Blanca (Argentina) y Esker Vessel (United Kingdom).

Big Trays of parquetry ( Japan) y Tree chair (China).

On that date, until 10 May, the travelling exhibition will begin, displaying the shortlisted works at the College of Architects in Madrid (COAM). Later, the exhibition will travel to New York, where it will remain until early summer, then visit Tokyo at the end of the year.

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