The Lonmin Design Innovation Award was established to honour cutting-edge platinum jewellery design. From humble beginnings in 2003, the award is now in its eleventh year and has grown into one of the top tributes in the jewellery industry in the United Kingdom.
The competition is divided into two categories: ‘Emerging Designers’ for those with fewer than five years’ commercial experience and ‘Established Designers’ for those who have been in the business for more than five years.
This year the competition was themed New Frontiers, inspired by pioneering design movements such as Modernism, Bauhaus and Art Deco. Entrants were asked to design and create a piece of jewellery that pushed the envelope of conventional platinum jewellery.
An awards ceremony was held in September 2013 to announce the six winners and showcase their designs.
Sri-Lankan born Kasun Ekanayake, the Creative Director of his own label, Kasun London, was one of the winners in the ‘Established Designers’ category. His ‘Midnight Sun’ earrings were inspired by visions of space and the solar system, with the rounded planets contrasting images of jagged surfaces, and the light and reflective nature of the moon and the stars captured by the glinting inlaid diamonds.
“Winning the Lonmin Design Innovation Award has been a true highlight of my jewellery career so far,” said Kasun. “It is a huge achievement both personally and professionally.”
Siobhan Maher was named one of the winners in the ‘Emerging Designers’ category for her design, the ‘Vala Cuff’. Siobhan has worked as a fine jewellery designer since 2010 and couples her passion for jewellery design with her love of literature, seeking inspiration in poetry, mythology and fiction.
Based on the prophetic works of William Blake, Siobhan’s design echoed the Four Zoas, seeking to reflect modern day attitudes to spirituality. Siobhan also expressed her gratitude at being a winner. “I’m thrilled to be one of this year’s Lonmin Design Innovation Award winners, particularly with a piece that explores literary inspirations and concepts close to my heart.”
Kasun and Siobhan were two of the six winners overall, each of whom was awarded a cash prize for the production of their winning designs, as well as much-deserved publicity and recognition. A marketing and public relations campaign is now being planned to promote the designers and their work.
For more information on each of the winning designs and designers, please visit www.designinnovationawards.co.uk.