The winners of French glassmaker Verallia’s 2023 Design Awards were unveiled at a ceremony in Paris on June 30. For this edition, design students worked on the theme of "glass for living in the moment".
The 14th edition of the Verallia Design Awards saw 672 students and recent graduates from 132 design, packaging and art schools compete for a coveted award. From the 60 glass bottle projects pre-selected by the jury, a total of six prizes were awarded to 10 students, who submitted designs around the theme of "glass for living in the moment". For the first time, Verallia staff voted for their favorite project.
"This competition illustrates our desire to push the creative boundaries of glass. We want to continue exploring how glass can offer a differentiating experience through unique designs in line with market trends," explains Marie-Astrid Gossé, Marketing Director at Verallia France.
Still & Sparking Wine Bottle
In the Still & Sparkling Wines category Eloi Menaud and Manon Piette (EDNA & Ecole Polytech, Nantes) won for their project, The Vine. Based on the concept of biomimicry, the bottle highlights the vine and its textured bark via a series of undulations in the glass. "We wanted to place the vine at the heart of the design, to work on the wine from a different angle and restore value to the all-too-often forgotten vine," the designers explained.
Eloi Menaud and Manon Piette's winning design, The Vine ©Verallia Design Awards
Océan, from Clarisse Bayle and Lauriane Dupré (EDNA, Nantes & EFAP, Bordeaux), took home the Spirits award. The project was based around the idea of slowing down and the quest for physical and mental well-being, for which the designers naturally turned towards the ocean. "We came up with the idea of high-end vodka made from marine algae with packaging inspired by nature. The 50cl flask with a blue-green coating features reliefs drawn from the ocean swell," they explained.
As its name suggests, Océan drew its inspiration from the sea ©Verallia Design Awards
Beer, Water and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Bottle
In the Beer, Water and Non-Alcoholic Beverages category, Julien Kudic (École Boulle) and Clément Servignat (École de Condé) won for their project, "T". Inspired by Japanese gardens, the bottle destined for iced tea contrasts polished and frosted glass. "The bottle is surprising to the touch, with its play on pattern and texture, letting us rediscover the presence of sand in glass," the designers comment. For an added storytelling twist, the duo noted that the bottle can be used to trace patterns in the sand.
"T" is inspired bt Japanese gardens and is destined for iced tea ©Verallia Design Awards
Food Jar Award
Organics Spicies (sic) from Jeanne Menier (ESEPAC, Saint-Germain-Laprade) won the Food Jar award. Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, Menier dreamed up five jars for five different spices: ginger, pepper, sesame, garlic and cayenne pepper. "My project is linked to the human body and self-care; each spice is associated with an organ and how to heal it. " said Menier.
Traditional Chinese medicine inspired Jeanne Menier's Organics Spicies (sic) project ©Verallia Design Awards
Pierre Charrié Special Prize
The patron of this year’s awards, designer Pierre Charrié, awarded a special prize to Trinkañ, a project from Tom Azria and Numa Rousseau (CY Tech & CY Cergy Paris Université). Targeting younger consumers by leveraging craft beer codes, Trinkañ is a project that aims to shake up the cider segment. The 33cl format is designed to invite users to clink bottles. The designers opted for a "simple and organic shape and pastel colors." The bottle – frosted on the neck – sports a label inspired by the shape of a drop of liquid.
Trinkañ aims to shake up the cider category ©Verallia Design Awards
Veralla Staff Special Prize
Envoûtement, from Christiane de Montigny (Institut Sainte-Geneviève, Paris) was the winner of a Special Prize voted by Verallia staff. Also inspired by biomimicry and the vine, this wine bottle project sees the veins revealed as the bottle empties thanks to internal engraving. "As we drink, I wanted us to be surprised by the appearance of veins coming from inside the bottle: an invitation to reconsider time and the present moment," explains de Montigny.
Verallia staff declared Envoûtement their favourite product ©Verallia Design Awards
Pierre Charrié designs 2023 trophy
Pierre Charrié conceived the trophy for the 2023 Verallia Design Awards. It was produced by glass upcycling brand Q de bouteilles using Verallia bottles. "The idea was to use existing bottles, here with different shapes, capacities and colors," Charrié explains.
The Verallia Design Awards 2023 trophy by Pierre Charrié ©Veronique Taupin
Formes de Luxe journalist Katie Nichol was once again a jury member of the Verallia Design Awards this year.
Submissions for the 2024 Awards will open on September 11th, 2023.