Perhaps one of the most amazing things about the National Design Awards is the trophy. The amount of thought, innovation, creativity – and the fact that it takes six to eight hours to complete one – is an award-winning effort. Beginning in 2011 and again this year, Corning, Inc. as part of the Corning Museum’s GlassLab initiative, has designed, sculpted and hand-polished each trophy.
As aesthetically pleasing as it is beautiful, the trophy is a small part of a bigger mission we are all on. It is a symbol of hope for young designers, artists, architects and artisans. It symbolizes that through design, no matter how small the idea, we can improve lives.
DWR’s vice president of creative and marketing, Michael Sainato, was a guest at this year’s National Design Awards Gala, held at Pier 60 on the Hudson River. For him, the highlight of this special evening was seeing architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 National Design Awards.