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Meisa Kuroki, among others, recipient of gorgeous paper trophy



Meisa Kuroki accepts her trophy | image © Haruka Nakagawa

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:

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.


click images to enlarge | images © ryuji nakamura & associates

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.

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3 comments

1 Lena { 11.23.10 at 1:16 pm }

It’s beautiful. But wouldn’t it be nice if the women of the year award had been designed by a woman?

2 Johnny { 11.23.10 at 9:40 pm }

that crossed my mind as well… I wonder what led them to choose a guy?

3 L. O. Itzmi { 12.01.10 at 3:56 am }

It’s very nice. She shouldn’t bring it to Texas because she might get arrested for rustling.