Shortlist announced for LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize 2019

Isamu Noguchi’s stone garden at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo


LOEWE has this morning announced the names of 29 shortlisted artists for this year’s LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize, which recognises significant contributions to the development of contemporary craft. The finalists for this edition range from established artists in their fields to emerging and recently graduated practitioners who present works from diverse media and techniques. Launched in 2016 by LOEWE’s creative director Jonathan Anderson, the annual prize has this year attracted over 2,500 submissions by artists from more than 100 countries, and continues to promote the important of craft in contemporary culture. In a statement at the award’s inception, Anderson explained: ‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE. 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.’

The jury for this year’s winner from the shortlisted artists are: Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Chairwoman), architecture and design correspondent for El País; Benedetta Tagliabue, architect and Pritzker Prize jury member; Enrique Loewe, LOEWE FOUNDATION honorary president; Hong-Nam Kim, president of the National Trust of Korea; Jennifer Lee, winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize second edition; Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE creative director; Naoto Fukasawa, designer and director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum; Patricia Urquiola, architect and industrial designer; Wang Shu, architect and Pritzker Prize jury member; Deyan Sudjic, essayist and director of Design Museum, London; Wolfgang Lösche, head of exhibition and fairs at the Chamber of Skilled Trades, Munich.

The shortlisted artists are:

Akiko Hirai (b. Japan lives and works in United Kingdom)
Andrea Walsh (United Kingdom)
Annie Turner (United Kingdom)
Deloss Webber (United States)
Elke Sada (Germany)
Gental Ishikuza (Japan)
Giampaolo Babetto (Italy)
Giovanni Corvaja (Italy)
Harry Morgan (United Kingdom)
Heeseung Koh (Korea)
Henar Iglesias (Spain)
Jim Partidge & Liz Walmsley (United Kingdom)
JingFeng Fang & Mi Dong (China)
John Eric Byers (United States)
Jokum Lind Jensen (b. Denmark, lives and works in Sweden)
Junko Mori (b. Japan, lives and works in United Kingdom)
Kazuhito Takadoi (b. Japan, lives and works in United Kingdom)
Koichi lo (Japan)
Kye-Yeon Son (b. Korea, lives and works in Canada)
Youngsoon Lee (Korea)
Masanori Nishikawa (Japan)
Mayu Nakata (Japan)
Michal Fargo (b. Israel, lives and works in Germany)
Minhee Kim (b. Korea, lives and works in United Kingdom)
Ruudt Peters (Netherlands)
Sachi Fujikake (Japan)
Shozo Michikawa (Japan)
Sophie Rowley (b. New Zealand, lives and works in Germany)
Tomonari Hashimoto (Japan)

The winner of this year’s LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize will be announced on 25 June at the opening of the LFCP 2019 exhibition (at which each finalist’s work will be on show) at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo. The winner will receive €50,000. 

6 February 2019