Yesterday Vogue Nippon held it’s annual Women of the Year ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The event, which logged its 6th year, commemorates 8 women in Japan who had a spectacular year. The recipients for 2010 were:
- TAO – supermodel
- Miliya Kato – R&B/pop singer
- Satomi Ishihara – Actress
- Rieko Saibara – Cartoonist
- Shinobu Terajima -Actress
- Tamiyo Kusakari – Dancer turned actress
- Meisa Kuroki -Model, singer, actress
- Kimiko Date-Krumm -Tennis player
However, it wasn’t the women who caught my eye (that’s a lie) but the unique trophy that was presented to the recipients. Consistent with the traditional ball-shaped design, this year’s trophy is a stunning piece designed by architect Ryuji Nakamura.
Looks light as paper right? That’s because the “bouquet” is made from paper.
Ryuji Nakamura has had quite a year himself, including creating an installation for Design Tide Tokyo, participating in the Or-Ita Exhibition, the Llove Hotel Exhibition, the Earth: Materials for Design exhibition, the Where is Architecture exhibition and creating a special inclusion for Wallpaper magazine. And if he wasn’t a dude, he’d be right up on stage accepting one of those beauties.