The FOC Talents Challenge 2011 summer edition, in cooperation with Ross Lovegrove, was awarded to designers who interpreted Lovegrove’s vision of organic essentialism. The jury panel of the contest, composed by Ross Lovegrove, Janne Kyttanen and Brian Garret, were unanimous in their decision: Louis Filosa won the design competition with his Cobble necklace design.
Lovegrove commented about the winning design: "I find erosion a fantastic provider of form and it could be a metaphor for infinite form. What I also like about this work is the contained object which has an almost tribal quality and something more contemporary in the way it is worn…I like its strength and wearability almost as if emotions can crawl inside and live there…ritualistic."
The Cobble necklace is a precious collectible, visually intriguing as a complex piece of jewellery or as a beautiful, organic, and self-contained object. The Cobble necklace is now for sale in red or grey sparkle color.
Second place was awarded to the Park necklace design by Pekka Salokannel. Pekka sees a park as a place to relax, have fun and celebrate. The design is inspired by the concept of parks incorporating two separate and distinct styles (man-made and natural scenery) to express their intrinsic beauty. The double faced necklace also has two distinctly unique sides that allow the wearer to express a different mood for different occasions. "It’s all about your mood at the moment - which side you love the most" explains Pekka. The Park necklace is now available in the FOC online store.
About Ross Lovegrove
Winner of numerous international awards his work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally including the museum of modern art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Axis Centre, Japan, the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the Design Museum, London, where in 1993 he curated the first permanent collection. Lovegrove was awarded the World Technology Award by Time magazine and CNN in November 2005. The same year, he was awarded the very prestigious Red Dot Design Award for the products created for VitrA.
About Louis Filosa
Louis is a designer from the United States and is trying to change the way the world perceives American design. He has worked under the direction of Karim Rashid, Marcel Wanders, and Michael Graves along with several other designers within many different product categories. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, he experiments with mixing European and American aesthetics into objects that speak globally and reflect the time in which we live.
About Pekka Salokannel
Pekka is a Finnish designer working fulltime on 3D printed designs. The Finnish polar night of the winter and the midnight sun during the summer create an inspirational scene for him, resulting in successful light, bag and accessory designs. In 2010, Pekka was winner of the FOC Talents lighting design contest with his Cresco design.