Prince Philip Designers Prize 2011
Anyone familiar with Roald Dahl’s books will have the spidery forms of the Big Friendly Giant and Matilda firmly imprinted on their mind. Now, the man responsible for these childhood memories has scooped the 2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize.
British-born Quentin Blake beat off competition from everyone from fashion designer Paul Smith to architect David Chipperfield to win the award for a lifetime’s contribution to design at the Design Council this evening.
The artist’s drawings first appeared in ’Punch’ when he was 16, kick-starting a 60-year career illustrating the novels of the likes of Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. The award is another feather in the cap for Blake, who became the first ever Children’s Laureate in 1999 and was made a CBE in 2005.
The Prince Philip Designers Prize is an annual accolade whose past recipients include lap-top creator Bill Moggridge (2010), inventor James Dyson (1997) and designer of the folding Brompton Bike, Andrew Ritchie (2009).
Among the runners up this year was the co-designer of Anish Kapoor’s ’Orbit’ for London’s 2012 Olympics, Cecil Balmond; environmental and exhibition designer Dinah Casson; and architects Chris Wilkinson OBE and Jim Eyre OBE. Meanwhile, architect Sir David Chipperfield and medical prosthetic designer Saeed Zahedi both received Special Commendations.
With this being the final year of The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement with the Prize, the Design Council marked his long contribution to the promotion of design with two gifts, presented to him at the ceremony. The first, was a hand-drawn certificate featuring a Quentin Blake cartoon of the Prince. The second was a one-off book of original artworks by past winners, nominees and judges, who were asked to produce a sketch illustrating what design means to them.
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