The LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize has announced China’s Fanglu Lin as the winner for the award's 2021 edition.
Lin was part of a shortlist of 30 finalists representing eighteen countries and six continents, and was selected by a jury comprising LOEWE creative director Jonathan Anderson, designers Naoto Fukasawa and Patricia Urquiola, and architect Wang Shu. The jury also selected two Special Mentions, Chilean artisan David Corvalán, working in copper wire, and Takayuki Sakiyama, from Japan, a ceramicist.
‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE,’ said Jonathan Anderson at the award’s inaugural edition in 2016. ‘As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is where our modernity lies, and it will always be relevant.’
‘I think people are becoming more and more obsessed by the idea that we must protect these things for future generations, as much as we need to protect the planet,’ he added this year as the winner was announced through a digital exhibition.
Due to global circumstances, the annual exhibition of prize finalists' works at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris was delayed, then moved to a digital platform, which can be viewed here.