After one year and close to 4,000 submissions, the inaugural Loewe Craft Prize has found its winning piece: the Tree of Life 2 by Ernst Gamperl. The German artist created the vessels from an uprooted 300 year-old oak tree while still retaining its unique from and characteristics. Commenting on the decision, President of the jury Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, said, "This is an object that is both beautiful and teaches us the value of recycling. It is based on rescuing fallen trees and bringing nature back to life, with exquisite skill. It is the work of a gifted craftsman who has the special ability to have developed a distinctive individual voice rather than a style or signature". 

Loewe Craft Prize winner

The win comes with a Dhs200,000 prize money as well as a prominent spot in a global touring exhibition beginning in Madrid in May. Congratulations Ernst Gamperl! Now, read about the semi-finalists for Van Cleef & Arpels' Emergent Designer Prize 2017.