UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy

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UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy
by Cristian Cook

  • Awarded April 15, 2013
  • CLIENT: UEFA
  • 9.857

This new prestigious Trophy is to celebrate the “Best Player in Europe”, awarded by top soccer federation UEFA, and was presented for the first time to 2012 winner Andrés Iniesta of FC Barcelona soccer club. Designwerk were commissioned to create concepts for the Trophy, and after 3 months spent developing various design ideas, followed by a complex production process, the final Trophy was cast in metal with a highly reflective silver finish. It will no doubt take pride of place in the homes of the “Best Player in Europe” for years to come.

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UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy

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UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy

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UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy

Cristian Cook

Designer of UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy


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Interview with Cristian Cook on UEFA Best Player award Sports Trophy

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
The inspiration was taken from the shape of a dynamic human torso, as seen on an ancient statue of a Greek God.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
The idea behind the Trophy design was to convey a sense of pride and achievement, with the upward angle of the arms and chest helping to express these attributes.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
It will no doubt take pride of place in the homes of the “Best Player in Europe” for years to come!
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
Like most designs, it came with from a short burst of creative inspiration, probably a week of thinking and development.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
It was commissioned direct from UEFA, a client with whom we have a long term relationship.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
There has been no football trophy similar to this design ever before.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
The client UEFA chose the name "Best Player in Europe".
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
The body of a real sportsman was scanned with structured light 3D scanning technology, to capture the 3D scan of his torso area, then data containing a retopologised quad mesh with UV co-ordinates, displacement and colour maps was made.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The unique aspect is the fact that only a section of a human torso was used in the design, and yet it still works well.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
After studying anatomical poses of soccer players, computer scanning techniques produced wire-frame images for rendering, followed by casting in highly reflective polished silver. The statue was then placed on a beautifully crafted black base, ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into the recipients’ hands.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
The computer data was given to a silversmith sculptor, who used it to make a resin model of the Trophy, which was approved by the client, and then was utilised to hammer a metal coating onto, followed by a final layer of real silver. The torso shape was put onto a black marble base.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
We researched the area of sporting trophies to make sure this design was truly original.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
There are not many design awards that have categories which fit this Trophy. Usually they have categories which are only for commercial product designs.

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