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:
- 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.
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.
November 23, 2010 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?
November 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm
that crossed my mind as well… I wonder what led them to choose a guy?
December 1, 2010 at 3:56 am
It’s very nice. She shouldn’t bring it to Texas because she might get arrested for rustling.