Sapphire design
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The 2008 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition is upon us and this year there’s a bit of a twist. As in previous years, the brief was straightforward – to create a martini glass, inspired by the Bombay Sapphire heritage.

21 international finalists have been selected from 21 different countries and the winner and runners-up will be announced at the London Design Festival, as judged by an esteemed panel of designers and experts, including our very own Editor at Large, Suzanne Trocme. More than simply a great accolade, the winner will receive £10,000.

Bombay Sapphire

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The Korean entry

The twist comes in the form of an online vote for a new award, called the People’s Prize. The power of the public vote doesn’t stretch to a financial award but it will qualify the winner to be included in the final 6 shortlist, from which the overall winner will be chosen.

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.